The Role of Political Primaries, Their History and Their Future

Primaries have been a significant factor in American politics for a good many years. They are in fact a uniquely American electoral institution, born in the Progressive Era. The role of primaries has changed to some degree in recent years as the public searches for ways to make politicians more responsive to their constituency. 

What’s Happening in ‘Journalism’ Today?

America’s news media has undergone dramatic changes in recent years. Local newspapers are disappearing rapidly, television has not fulfilled its promise and social media feeds extremist views. As a public and nonprofit administrator Olin Sansbury frequently had to deal with probing journalists, but in his earlier life that was his job as a newspaper reporter … Read more

During a Summer of Racial Turmoil, S.C. Poets and Writers Create “Ukweli” to Find Healing Truth

Herb Frazier, co-editor of “Ukweli: Searching for Healing Truth,” an anthology of essays and poems from forty-seven poets and writers, will discuss this collection of personal accounts and insights designed to educate White Americans about the systematic racial bias employed to stymie African American progress. “Ukweli” defines the struggles Black people have faced despite their … Read more

Archaeology and How We Know Things About the Past

This presentation will discuss the ways archaeologists learn about the past and use it to help us understand the present and plan for the future.  Examples will be drawn from Ireland where the speaker has researched for 40 years, and focus on such modern day issues such as climate change over the past 10,000 years … Read more

The History of Black Baseball

As great as Jackie Robinson was, he was not the first American Black Baseball Player. This presentation will show the ways baseball has reflected the role of African Americans in baseball especially beginning in the 19th century, followed by the Jim Crow and Civil Rights Era where Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby and so many other … Read more

Baseball and the American Dream

Baseball played a large role in the assimilation of 20th century immigrants to the United States, including the Speaker’s family.  Come discuss the way immigrants have used Baseball in becoming American. Bring your own family stories and learn from others. This multi-media presentation includes power-point slides, video, and music and even the swing of a … Read more

The Origin of Baseball (It’s Not Cooperstown?)

The origin of baseball as America’s pastime has long been pondered. As it turns out baseball has both mythical and historical origins, both of which play a big role in why baseball is so important to Americans.  This multi-media presentation includes power-point slides, video, music and even the swing of a bat!