South Carolina Project on Language and Culture Conference

South Carolina State University will present the second “South Carolina Project on Language and Culture Conference” on October 6, 2017 in Orangeburg.  The conference will be on the theme of “America’s Southern Cultures and Identities: Language, Customs, and Literature.” SC Humanities supported this project with a Mini Grant.

The South Carolina Project on Language and Culture is a web-based project that serves as a repository for research and documentation on South Carolina’s languages and cultures. Papers from the conference will enlarge the database of the website.

The keynote speaker for the 2017 conference is Dr. Will Goins, the chief/ CEO of the Cherokee Indian Tribe of South Carolina-ECSIUT, Inc. , a statewide tribal consortia of state recognized and federally recognized tribal members. Dr. Goins is a descendant of the Eastern Band Cherokee Indians, Tuscarora & Cheraw Indians and is a historic preservationist, published author, communications professional, and community leader. He has worked tirelessly for more than four decades to shape a Native American policy agenda that addresses issues at the core of indigenous identity: sacred sites protection and access, religious freedom, treaty rights, mascot abolition, equality and language revitalization.

The conference will take place from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6. More information can be found on the conference website here:

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.