The Rise of ISIS and the Sunni/Shiite Schism

The Rise of ISIS and the Sunni/Shiite Schism Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) This presentation focuses on the differences between the beliefs and customs of Shiite Moslems in Iran and those of their neighbors, the Sunnis in Iraq. Focusing on the theoretical underpinnings of these … Read more

Growing up Gullah

Growing up Gullah Presented by Donald Sweeper. **Donald Sweeper requests an additional honorarium to the $250 contributed by SC Humanities. This is a 45-minute one-man show in which Donald Sweeper tells stories shared to him by his ancestors and the elderly people from the community in which he grew up. This performance also includes Gullah … Read more

Donne and Herbert: Facing God with Humor and Frustration

Donne and Herbert: Facing God with Humor and Frustration Presented by Margaret J. Oakes. We may assume that 17th century poets, especially two who are priests, are boring, rigid, sanctimonious, and irrelevant to how contemporary life approaches spirituality. John Donne and George Herbert were, however, people like us – with families, career frustrations, facing illnesses and … Read more

John Milton: Making and Destroying the World

John Milton: Making and Destroying the World Presented by Margaret J. Oakes. Many of our contemporary notions of Heaven, Hell, and Eden come not just from the Bible, but from John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Milton did not contradict anything in Genesis, but built from centuries of interpretation and synthesis to create the most powerful images in … Read more