The Joys of a University

The Joys of a University Presented by Sterling (Skip) Eisiminger. Did you know that Herman Melville claimed a whaling ship was his “Harvard and Yale”? That 65% of current college housing is co-ed? Or that in 1880, England had four degree-granting institutions and a population of twenty-three million; while at the same time, Ohio had … Read more

The Joys of Writing

The Joys of Writing Presented by Sterling (Skip) Eisiminger. Did you know that forty materials from twenty-eight countries go into the making of a #2 pencil? That a letter’s author owns the copyright, but the recipient owns the letter? Or that an experienced journalist is expected to produce about a thousand words per day? These … Read more

The Joys of Laughter

The Joys of Laughter Presented by Sterling (Skip) Eisiminger. Did you know that laughter and crying are a baby’s first means of communicating? A speaker laughs 46% more than the people listening? Or that about 1300 AD, Giotto painted the first human smiling? These questions, their answers, and a half-dozen pertinent cartoons are the subject … Read more

The Joys of Books

The Joys of Books Presented by Sterling (Skip) Eisiminger. Did you know that Andrew Carnegie underwrote the construction of 2509 libraries? That in 2014, a library in San Antonio became the first library without newspapers, magazine, or books? Or that a library in Portugal supports a colony of bats to eat the moths and beetles … Read more

The Joys of Aging

The Joys of Aging Presented by Sterling (Skip) Eisiminger. Did you know that the peak age for psychological well-being is 82? That prune juice outsells orange juice in Miami? Or that 94% of Clemson faculty and staff remain in the immediate area after retirement? These questions, their answers, and a half-dozen pertinent cartoons are the … Read more

Word Clay: Word Play: Q and A

Word Clay: Word Play: Q and A Presented by Sterling (Skip) Eisiminger. What would you call several unicorns if you were so lucky to see them?What does “avantular” mean?And why will your children and grandchildren smile when you tell them what the potentater is?If you love word play, you’ll love the other 47 questions and … Read more

Clemson: Significa and Trivia: Q and A

Clemson: Significa and Trivia: Q and A Presented by Sterling (Skip) Eisiminger. According to the Sikes Hall cornerstone, the old library was built 5,904 years after what?John C. Calhoun’s sideboard was made from mahogany taken from what?The 2012 addition to the architecture complex has a green roof made of what?If you love Clemson University, I … Read more

The Pleasures of Language: Malapropisms to Rhyming Slang

The Pleasures of Language: Malapropisms to Rhyming Slang Presented by Sterling (Skip) Eisiminger. This audience-participation program works best with a group that enjoys language, as they will be intimately involved and asked to volunteer further contributions to the lecturer’s list of Southern dialect, contemporary slang, folk etymologies, Spoonerisms, and more. Click here for the Speakers … Read more

The Pleasures of Light Verse: Jabberwocky to Burma Shave

The Pleasures of Light Verse: Jabberwocky to Burma Shave Presented by Sterling (Skip) Eisiminger. For the most part, this program is a poetry reading from the best comic verse of the last century or so. It seeks to restore light verse to the poetic canon which, in the lecturer’s opinion, is unfairly dominated by the … Read more