Monthly Archives March 2015

New Speakers Added to the Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud Roster

SC Humanities is pleased to announce that seven new speakers have joined the Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud program. Offering a variety of programs from “Faith and Fiction” to “Growing Up Jewish in the South,” these seven scholars are available to speak for public audiences at nonprofit organizations or public institutions across the state. The Speakers Bureau program is one of the longest-running and most popular programs offered by SC Humanities. The seven new speakers are: Benjamin W. Farley is the Younts Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion at Erskine College and the author of 15 books of fiction and nonfiction.
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2015 South Carolina Humanities Festival in Camden

SC Humanities is pleased to announce that the 2015 South Carolina Humanities Festival will be in the host city of Camden, SC from April 30 – May 3, 2015. Started in 1993 in honor of the Council’s 20th Anniversary, the Humanities Festival has been held in seventeen different South Carolina cities. Each festival celebrates the local history and culture of the host community, and the festival in Camden has a wonderful line-up of events planned that highlights the history and important landmarks of Kershaw County. You can download the full schedule of events here: 2015 SC HUMANITIES FESTIVAL SCHEDULE IN
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Down on Bull Street

An original documentary about the Bull Street facility at the South Carolina State Hospital in Columbia, SC will premiere on statewide educational television in May 2015 during Mental Health Awareness Month. SC Humanities supported Down on Bull Street with a Planning Grant and a Major Grant. The Bull Street facility is layered with a rich and complex history spanning over 190 years. The doors to the Asylum first opened in 1827, offering refuge for the mentally ill in one centralized location in the center of the state. This new facility promoted the idea of moral treatment – a new concept
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Hometown Teams: Tailgating and Community Softball Game in Bamberg!

The Bamberg County Hometown Teams Committee will present a special Tailgating and Community Softball Game on Saturday, March 28, 2015 as part of their tour of the traveling Smithsonian exhibit Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America. Saturday, March 28, 2015 County-wide Softball Game and Tailgating, Featuring County Firefighters Location: Ness Sports Complex, Bamberg, SC Hours: 10:00 AM – Tailgating Competition Contestants may enter, set up, and begin to cook. 1:30 PM – Gates Open and Peoples’ Choice and Food Judging Begins 3:00 — The Bamberg County Fire Service members will face each other in a hotly contested match. Come cheer
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A Call for Nominations for the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities

Established in 1991, the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities recognize outstanding achievement in humanities research, teaching, and scholarship; institutional and individual participation in helping communities in South Carolina better understand our cultural heritage or ideas and issues related to the humanities; excellence defining South Carolina’s cultural life to the nation or world; and exemplary support for public humanities programs. Sixty-eight individuals and organizations have received awards from 1991-2014. View a complete list of past Governor’s Award in the Humanities winners. SC Humanities is in its 42nd year as the state affiliate program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Residents
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A Call for Nominations for the Board of Directors

SC Humanities operates as a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation granting funds received from federal (National Endowment of the Humanities), corporate, state, and private sources. The Board of Directors consists of twenty-three volunteer academic and public members. New members will begin three-year terms in November 2015. Board members initiate and develop projects, seek to make the humanities accessible statewide, and take active roles in Council fundraising. Board members attend three meetings per year; evaluate grant proposals; serve on committees; determine policy and Council directives; and oversee financial responsibility. Nominees should be supportive of SC Humanities’s mission and goals; interested in the humanities;
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Redcliffe Plantation’s Evolving Landscape

Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site will present a special family-friendly education day on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Visitors can learn about the landscape history of the plantation grounds, which were the site of fascinating agricultural experimentation by James Henry Hammond. SC Humanities supported this project with a Mini Grant in October 2014. Redcliffe Plantation, completed in 1859, was once the home of James Henry Hammond, three generations of his descendants, and numerous African American families who worked at the site as slaves and later free men and women. This event will include a series
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