Music and Politics

Music and Politics Presented by Eric J. Lapin. An in-depth look at the relationship between political structures and musical movements.  Depending upon the interests of the group, this talk can include Beethoven’s Musical Treatment from Napoleon to Hitler, Baroque Music and Absolutism, Mozart and the Enlightenment, Jim Crow and Jazz, or many others. Click here … Read more

Classical Music History (including any specific artists or individual composers)

Classical Music History (including any specific artists or individual composers) Presented by Eric J. Lapin. Can include specific descriptions of different eras, major works, and/or individual composers.  Any talk will feature in-depth historical context and stories about major composers of the time period. Click here for the Speakers Bureau Application.

Jazz History (including any sub-genres or individual artists)

Jazz History (including any sub-genres or individual artists) Presented by Eric J. Lapin. A discussion of jazz history from its inception in New Orleans through the modern day.  This talk can easily be tailored to fit the interests of the particular group and can include any combination of eras/styles, a broad overview, a focus on … Read more

Domestic Violence and the Rise of the Novel

Domestic Violence and the Rise of the Novel Presented by Christopher Johnson. From an early age, we are taught that reading is good. But what happens when the stories that we read reinforce dangerous ideas? This talk will explore the similarities between novels of courtship and marriage and the horrific dynamics of domestic violence. With … Read more

Gamechanger: The Life and Writing of Julia Mood Peterkin

Gamechanger: The Life and Writing of Julia Mood Peterkin Presented by Ann-Chadwell Humphries. Julia Peterkin was a white woman who wrote about Gullah people living on her family’s plantation out of a desire to honor and preserve their culture. She was shunned by white Southerners for “betraying her race” but became accepted by Harlem Renaissance … Read more

The Lynching of Willie Earle in Greenville – 1947

The Lynching of Willie Earle in Greenville – 1947 Presented by Lucy Beam Hoffman. Willie Earle, an African American, was accused of killing Thomas Watson Brown, a cab driver from Greenville, SC.  Thirty-one white men (mostly cab drivers – all white) drove from Greenville in the middle of the night to take Earle out of … Read more

The Holocaust – In the Beginning

The Holocaust – In the Beginning Presented by Lucy Beam Hoffman. The years 1933-1939 must be studied to enable an understanding of what came later. The Final Solution, implemented in late 1940-1941, was slowly realized through these early years. Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor in January 1933 paved the way for the Nazis to continue on … Read more

The Holocaust Through Film

The Holocaust Through Film Presented by Lucy Beam Hoffman. Film is a major component of society’s understanding of history. How have films about the Holocaust changed over time, and how have these films changed our understanding of the Holocaust? Films such as The Diary of Anne Frank in 1959 hardly touched on the Jewish catastrophe and, in … Read more

The Seeds of the Final Solution

The Seeds of the Final Solution Presented by Lucy Beam Hoffman. The Final Solution evolved slowly in the eyes of the Nazis, but with the process of the Euthanasia program and later Operation Barbarossa, the industrialization of killing began. The Euthanasia program, in which Hitler murdered the mentally and physically incapacitated of Germany, created the … Read more