South Carolina Humanities believes that the humanities are a vital tool for navigating periods of distress or uncertainty. “Thinking in Place” emails and social media posts were designed to deliver public humanities projects that are accessible for those of us practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each “Thinking in Place” email presents a theme and provides links to interesting and educational online content, a book recommendation, and fun snippets about South Carolina history and culture related to that theme. Explore all 14 installments of “Thinking in Place” below!
March is Women's History Month so this week we are offering digital humanities resources that profile the female experience. This week, the Vice Chair of the SC Humanities Board of Directors Jo Angela Edwins joins us in celebrating Women's History Month. We picked her brain to find out what she recommends reading for Women's History Month, and we asked her to profile a South Carolina woman that inspires her.
April is National Poetry Month so this week we are offering digital humanities resources that celebrate poetry. Poet, activist, and professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina Ed Madden joins us this week to kick off National Poetry Month. Scroll down to see what Ed is reading right now and learn about one of his favorite South Carolina poets.
This week we are diving into South Carolina archaeology and prehistory. SC Humanities Executive Director and amateur archaeologist Randy Akers offers his favorite archaeology book to dig into while social distancing.
This week we are exploring public humanities resources with the theme of courage and resilience. Two members of the SC Humanities Advisory Board have joined us in observing this week's theme. Courtney L. Tollison, a history professor at Furman University, has offered a fascinating snippet of her most recent research on the women's suffrage movement in South Carolina. Jonathan Haupt, the Executive Director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, has graciously offered a book recommendation.
Happy Earth Day from SC Humanities! This week we are exploring public humanities projects that celebrate environmental literacy. We are taking this opportunity to dive into the "Let's Talk About It" series titled "Changing Places: Reflections on the Natural World." The LTAI book discussion series is usually offered by public libraries in partnership with SC Humanities, but we would like to make the discussion guide available for download for your virtual book club's use.
This week we are celebrating South Carolina literature. Kerry Jeyschune, Digital Projects Coordinator for the South Carolina State Library, joins us this week to explain how to access thousands of EBooks from the State Library. We are also taking this opportunity to highlight the work of our 2018 Student Research Fellow, John Sterling Poole.
This week we are exploring Hidden South Carolina. Tom Poland, author and back-road explorer, joined us this week to take us on a virtual tour of South Carolina's back roads.
“The road less traveled. That’s where the hidden South Carolina lives. Here we have three places that appear in my back-road books. Rare sites and rare sights. Visit them from the comfort and safety of your home.” —Tom Poland
This week we are exploring motherhood and family in honor of Mother's Day (Sunday, May 10) and the International Day of Families (Friday, May 15) . Holly Bounds Jackson, Director of Content and Operations at SCETV Lowcountry (Beaufort), joins us this week to offer book recommendations.
In observance of Memorial Day (Monday, May 25), we are featuring digital humanities resources that explore the experiences of the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.James Smith and Kathryn Smith joined us for this week's Book Drop. James Smith is an SC Humanities Board Member and the Special Assistant to the President at the University of South Carolina. Kathryn Smith is an author and a member of the SC Humanities Speakers Bureau.
This week we are exploring resources that celebrate South Carolina music. Johnny Thomas Fowler, author and member of the SC Humanities Speakers Bureau, joined us this week to share the story of George Mullins (AKA Trotting Sally).
This week we are exploring resources that celebrate journalism.Judy Burke Bynum joins us this week for the Superlative South Carolinian series. Judy has been affiliated with South Carolina Humanities for more than 15 years as a Board member, Board Chair, and most recently as Development Associate. During her time on staff, Judy served as the project director for News Literacy and the Future of Journalism, an eight-month collaborative effort among SC Humanities, Winthrop University, and the SC Press Association. Special thanks to Judy for her participation this week and for her many contributions to SC Humanities!
Resources for Understanding South Carolina's History of Slavery, Segregation, and Oppression - June 11, 2020
This week we are offering resources for understanding South Carolina's history of slavery, segregation, and oppression. The exhibits and documentaries featured below were supported by the SC Humanities grants program.Dr. Ramon Jackson, African American Heritage Coordinator for the SC Department of Archives and History, joins us for this week's Book Drop.
Grab a snack to accompany this email because this week we are exploring resources celebrating food. Aïda Rogers joins us this week to offer three delicious book recommendations. Plus, learn more about a new traveling exhibit that celebrates iconic foods from communities around South Carolina.
This week we are diving into resources about water. Pamela L. Martin, the state scholar for the traveling Smithsonian exhibit "Water/Ways," joins us this week to offer a book recommendation. This week's email is the final installment of Thinking in Place. Thank you for exploring digital humanities resources with us for the past 14 weeks!