Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962 Presented by Caroline McIntyre. Rachel Carson is depicted just after the publication of Silent Spring and 18 months before she dies of breast cancer. Warning of dangers of pesticides and pollution, Silent Spring races to the top of the bestseller list, and Rachel Carson is attacked on all sides by the chemical industry. Proclaimed … Read more

Sports and Humanities

Sports and Humanities Presented by Erin R. McCoy. This presentation traces the importance of sport to antiquity and around the world – we begin with sports “propaganda” on Grecian urns and end with a discussion of the who “owns” the modern athlete. Marketing campaigns and the evolution of sport also explored, along with the role … Read more

The Early Novel as Self-Help Book: The Curious Intersections of Fiction and Medicine

The Early Novel as Self-Help Book: The Curious Intersections of Fiction and Medicine Presented by Christopher Johnson. Today we think of novels as little more than entertainment. When the genre emerged in the eighteenth century, novels also had an almost medicinal function: they were texts that helped readers regulate their passions. Drawing on recent scholarship, … Read more

A Poet and the Gift of Blindness

A Poet and the Gift of Blindness Presented by Ann-Chadwell Humphries. Humphries sees with more than her eyes; she perceives with her entire being—signature of a stride, voices as distinct as thumbprints, memory as toned and sleek as an elite athlete, blended with sense of humor and common sense. Ann’s sensory inventory infuses her poetry, … 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 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