Is a picture worth 1,000 words?

“Picturing Democracy” is a series of programs designed to encourage critical thinking about the role of imagery in American democracy and how both information and misinformation can be spread through images. The first set of events in this series of public programs was presented by the College of Charleston in 2021 and addressed media literacy; the ethics of photojournalism; the influence of meme culture. The second set of events in this series of public programs was presented by Clemson University in 2022 and addressed the role of the Supreme Court; black women in politics; and the White House Press Room.

“Picturing Democracy” is part of the national initiative on “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections among democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.

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South Carolina Humanities

FREE WORKSHOP

Media Literacy Workshop

Media Literacy can be defined as the way we access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. As we delve further into a more tech-centered world, it is more important than ever to be able to critically evaluate digital media, especially when it comes to the manipulation of “truth.” Join South Carolina Humanities and artist Mahkia Greene on Wednesday, September 8th for a Media Literacy Workshop and conversation exploring topics of media manipulation and the future of journalism.

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SEPTEMBER 2021

PANEL DISCUSSION

The Future of Photojournalism

How do the ethics and processes of a professional photojournalist differ from those of an amateur photojournalist? What are the consequences of the de-professionalization of photojournalism? What does the future of photojournalism look like? 

Join moderator Tara Mortensen and panelists Kyser Lough, Sean Rayford, and Cecil Williams at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre on Wednesday, October 13 for a riveting discussion about the challenges photojournalists face in the current media environment.

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october 2021

PANEL DISCUSSION

The Influence of Meme Culture

What are memes? How do memes contribute to the spread of misinformation? How can journalists use memes in their work?

Join moderator Christian Senger and panelists Kristen Kornbluth, Ryan Milner, and Emory Parker for a riveting discussion about the influence of meme culture on news and journalism.

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NOVEMBER 2021

Presented By
South Carolina Humanities

PANEL DISCUSSION

Democracy and the Constitution: the Role of the Supreme Court

Join a panel of Political Science faculty from Clemson University as they discuss the role of the Supreme Court. This event is in honor of Constitution Day, which falls on September 17. 

View a recording of this discussion here

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SEPTEMBER 2022

PANEL DISCUSSION

Making Black Women's Political Work Visible

Join us as we hear from Dr. Laura Lovell, professor in the department of History at the University of Pittsburgh, to discuss “Making Black Women’s Political Work Visible.”  This discussion will also feature the scholarship of Dr. Carlyn Ferrari of Seattle University. 

View a recording of this discussion here

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OCTOBER 2022

VIRTUAL DISCUSSION

An Academic View From Inside the White House Press Room

Join Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Towson University, Dr. Martha Kumar, as she discusses her observations from the White House press briefing room since 1975. 

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NOVEMBER 2022