Ella Baker: the Midwife of the Civil Rights movement

Ella Baker: the Midwife of the Civil Rights movement Presented by Donald West. **Donald West requests an additional honorarium or travel reimbursement to the $250 contributed by SC Humanities. The social, economic, and political landscape of this country were forever changed by the Civil Rights movement. The men we have come to know and appreciated … Read more

From Plume Street to the Polls: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in South Carolina

From Plume Street to the Polls: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in South Carolina Presented by Melissa Walker. What do a small-town doctor’s wife, a Connecticut-born governor’s wife, an upper-class but down on her luck Charleston stenographer, and the first woman licensed to sell real estate in South Carolina have in common? They fought tirelessly to … Read more

Political Campaigns Illustrated by a Cartoonist

Political Campaigns Illustrated by a Cartoonist Presented by Kate Salley Palmer. Kate has always been interested in political commentary. She was a staff editorial cartoonist and nationally syndicated for several years, and her cartoons appeared both locally and nationally. She is now doing cartoons for a weekly paper, the Greenville Journal, and her latest book is … Read more

Civil Rights Movement & the Viet Nam War

Civil Rights Movement & the Viet Nam War Presented by Erin R. McCoy. This program will feature songs of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in the United States discussed in context of historical events. Lyrics are provided. Dive into an investigation of the folk roots of early Civil Rights songs and the influence of soul/R&B … Read more

Anti-War Music & the Viet Nam War

Anti-War Music & the Viet Nam War Presented by Erin R. McCoy. This program offers a brief history of anti-war music in the United States up to the Viet Nam War and further discussion of specific anti-war songs (for example: “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” by The Animals, 1965, is the most remembered … Read more

Music & the Viet Nam War

Music & the Viet Nam War Presented by Erin R. McCoy. This program gives an overview of different genres of music of the war, with lyrics displayed while songs play. “Top 40” hits are interspersed with “deep cuts” from the Viet Nam War era, and the discussion includes global cultural, social, and historical contexts for … Read more

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

The Early-Modern Origins of Today’s Political Satire

The Early-Modern Origins of Today’s Political Satire Presented by Christopher Johnson. As we are bombarded daily by ever-coarsening political discourse, it is tempting to long for a gentler, perhaps more civil, age. Imagining a past similar to the worlds of Jane Austen novels, we sometimes project our wishes onto the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This … Read more