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Congratulations to Mollie Bowman and Dahlia Watson, who have been named 2022 HSS Scholars by Gibbs Knotts, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Charleston Department of English!
Scroll to learn more about Mollie and Dahlia and their wonderful achievements. ✨
The HSS Scholar Awards are presented annually and celebrate the top students chosen by their departments in each of the undergraduate major programs within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Please join faculty, students, family and friends in celebrating our scholars and all of their amazing achievements during their time at the College of Charleston! 👏👏👏
#hssscholars #hssatcofc #collegeofcharleston #cofc
Ciao from beautiful Florence, Italy! 🇮🇹
Dr. Cara Delay, Department of History - College of Charleston, Dr. Colleen Glenn, College of Charleston Department of English, Dr. Celeste Lacroix, College of Charleston Department of Communication, and College of Charleston students kicked off Day 1 of the Spring Term study abroad trip yesterday! Here’s the group at the Piazza della Repubblica in city center. This semester’s cohort of the HSS Interdisciplinary Florence, Italy Study Abroad program is the largest group we’ve ever had - 26 students!! 🗺 #cofc #collegeofcharleston #hssatcofc #cofcstudyabroad #exploretheworld
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TODAY is the last day to purchase tickets for the HSS Historic Happy Hour and Cougar Tales Tour on Friday, Nov. 19, and all other Fall Alumni Weekend events! #cofcfaw College of Charleston Alumni

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This fantastic HSS Feature Friday we throw back to the surprising and inspiring stories associated with three noteworthy buildings many of us walk by everyday, and two of them will be open during the HSS tour on Nov. 19! #hssfeaturefriday

Abiel Bolles arrived in Charleston from Connecticut around 1807 and “assumed the humble post of school teacher.” In 1829, he opened a “female academy” at 5 College Way, currently the home of College of Charleston Department of English. The enterprising and prosperous teacher soon decided to expand. A second single house, no. 7, was built in 1830, while the most elaborate, 9 College Way, was finished in 1835. In 1866, the Charleston Daily News announced Bolles's death, stating that he was “one of the most distinguished teachers of Charleston, superintending, at one time, the Orphan House, the old Charleston College, and a large and well known female academy on his own account. There is scarcely a family in Charleston of which some of the members have not been taught by Mr. Bolles ..."

9 College Way, now the home of College of Charleston Department of Communication, was also famously the site of The Book Basement, a store run by two of Charleston’s most prominent gay men of the 20th century. John Zeigler, Jr. and life partner Edwin Peacock opened the bookstore on the ground floor in 1946.

The Book Basement became a cultural and intellectual center in the city. In a segregated era, they welcomed people of all races and regardless of sexual orientation. Many famous friends & literati stopped by. Zeigler and Peacock were promoters of the arts & champions of civil rights in a homophobic and racist era. When the College acquired the property in 1971, the two retired to private life and continued to generously support the College of Charleston.

Credits:
Stephanie Mathena, Hunter Macdonald & Sydney Kevitch. Historic Structures Report for 2016 Historic Preservation Studio Course taught by Professor James Ward.

Harlan Greene. “9 College Way.” Discovering Our Past.
New York Times best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand recently visited the College of Charleston to share her expertise with students as part of the Dorothea Benton Frank Writing Series!📚
While on campus, she taught a master class and had lunch with students in the MFA Creative Writing program. The author of 29 novels, including her latest, Golden Girl, Hilderbrand underscored the economics of a writing career during the program. From Nantucket to Charleston, thanks for joining us! 🏖
#iowawritersworkshop #goldengirl #hssatcofc
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See Dr. Simon Lewis, professor of English College of Charleston Department of English, receive the prestigious 2021 Governor’s Award in the Humanities! 💫
Join us on Monday, October 11 at 7:00 PM either in the galleries or at halsey.cofc.edu/live for the panel discussion WGS Intersections: Namsa Leuba ✨
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The College of Charleston Women’s and Gender Studies program’s affiliated faculty, disciplines ranging from Art History to Political Science and African American Studies will engage with and respond to Namsa Leuba’s work in Africa and the Pacific. This panel will consider intersections between art, performativity, gender, sexuality, race, (post-) colonialism, and power.
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The panel will be comprised of
Dr. Kris De Welde, Professor in the College of Charleston Sociology and Anthropology and Director of WGS
Dr. Hollis France, Associate Professor and Chair of College of Charleston Department of Political Science
Dr. Kameelah Martin, Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor of African American Studies at CofC and College of Charleston Department of English
Dr. Mary Trent, Assistant Professor of Art & Architectural History, College of Charleston, College of Charleston - School of the Arts
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Learn more about "Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks" at halsey.cofc.edu/exhibitions
We're looking forward to welcoming you into the galleries today at noon for the socially distanced return of our conversation series Sit a Spell | Dr. Kameelah Martin around themes explored in the artworks of the "Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks" exhibition.
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The Sit a Spell conversation series aims to encourage thoughtful conversation on a variety of topics and issues presented in our exhibition on view in an intimate setting within the galleries. Join Dr. Martin, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of African American Studies at CofC and College of Charleston Department of English, for free-form conversations during your lunch break.
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Learn more about "Crossed Looks" at halsey.cofc.edu/exhibitions

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Dr. Kameelah L. Martin’s scholarly expertise sits at the crossroads of African Diaspora literature(s) of the U.S. and Caribbean and folklore studies.

As a cultural studies scholar, she is trained in the African American literary and vernacular traditions with emphasis on twenty and twenty-first-century prose. Her interdisciplinary reach also involves broader interests, such as comparative literature(s) of the African Diaspora. She is deeply committed to the fields of African Diaspora Studies, Literature, Folklore, and Film Studies. As such, her research and teaching interests fall widely under this individualized humanities-based umbrella.

Within her scholarship, she has explored such topics as the conjure woman as an archetype; the performance of African spirituality in visual media; eco-critical perspectives on water as a trope in Africana cultural memory; the preservation of Gullah Geechee heritage and folk beliefs; as well as African American genealogy.

Learn more about Dr. Martin and read full texts of her publications at www.KameelahMartin.org
After a postponement due to the high humidity in our building a couple of weeks ago, we hope you will join us in the Halsey Institute's galleries at 12:00 pm tomorrow, October 6 for the socially distanced return of our conversation series Sit a Spell | Dr. Kameelah Martin around themes explored in the artworks of the "Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks" exhibition.

The Sit a Spell conversation series aims to encourage thoughtful conversation on a variety of topics and issues presented in our exhibition on view in an intimate setting within the galleries. Join Dr. Martin, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of African American Studies at CofC and College of Charleston Department of English, for free-form conversations during your lunch break.

Learn more about "Crossed Looks" at halsey.cofc.edu/exhibitions

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Dr. Kameelah L. Martin’s scholarly expertise sits at the crossroads of African Diaspora literature(s) of the U.S. and Caribbean and folklore studies.

As a cultural studies scholar, she is trained in the African American literary and vernacular traditions with emphasis on twenty and twenty-first-century prose. Her interdisciplinary reach also involves broader interests, such as comparative literature(s) of the African Diaspora. She is deeply committed to the fields of African Diaspora Studies, Literature, Folklore, and Film Studies. As such, her research and teaching interests fall widely under this individualized humanities-based umbrella.

Within her scholarship, she has explored such topics as the conjure woman as an archetype; the performance of African spirituality in visual media; eco-critical perspectives on water as a trope in Africana cultural memory; the preservation of Gullah Geechee heritage and folk beliefs; as well as African American genealogy.

Learn more about Dr. Martin and read full texts of her publications at www.KameelahMartin.org
Did you know that the Southeast Regional Seminar in African Studies is happening (virtually) in Charleston this year on October 8 and 9? SERSAS is a multidisciplinary group of Africanist scholars largely residing in colleges and universities in the Southeast.
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📌 Check out the full conference schedule and register to attend sessions for free over Zoom at https://www.sersas.org/2021-fall-conference-program
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College of Charleston Department of Political Science College of Charleston Department of English College of Charleston African Studies Program Department of History - College of Charleston

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The Department of English's main office is on the 2nd floor of 5 College Way. Because we teach the arts of rhetoric, English faculty have a special obligation to defend and promote the open exchange of ideas, and to expose and resist deliberate misrepresentations of the past.

Operating as usual

Timeline photos 05/16/2022

In-Store Event with Andrew Siegrist in Conversation with Anthony Varallo this Thursday, May 19th 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM at Buxton Books (160 King Street)!

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A big congratulations and hoorays to Kangkang Kovacs for a second place award in the Porter Fleming Literary Competition for her essay, "Firecracker Bill"!

https://www.themorris.org/porter-fleming-literary-competition/2019-winners/

Vonnegut Scholar to Reflect on Literary Journey at Commencement 04/27/2022

Vonnegut Scholar to Reflect on Literary Journey at Commencement

We are very proud and thrilled to see our colleague at commencement!

Vonnegut Scholar to Reflect on Literary Journey at Commencement "It seemed so out of the blue," says College of Charleston English Professor Susan Farrell, when asked about learning she had been chosen to speak at this year's spring commencement. Farrell will address the graduating classes from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Langu...

Timeline photos 04/26/2022

We hope you are having a lovely Reading Day! We also want to be sure that you're aware of two award opportunities in the Department of English, the deadline is this Friday, April 29th!

https://english.cofc.edu/student-opps/scholarships.php

Timeline photos 04/25/2022

Finals are a stressful time for everyone. Make sure to take care of yourself! Your mental and physical health are just as important as that exam or essay. You can do it!!

Photos from College of Charleston Department of English's post 04/22/2022

Focus Friday
Americanah follows a young Nigerian woman who immigrates to the United States. This novel shows the struggle to find one’s identity and home against all odds. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s celebrated work features biographical aspects as it examines the complexities of race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Americanah is a New York Times Bestseller and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

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What are you teaching, Professor Wentworth?

I am currently teaching HONS Writer in the Community, FYSE Banned Books, and FYSE Reading and Writing Social Justice. The FYSE Banned Books course examines a variety of texts that have been banned across several centuries and continents. In FYSE Reading and Writing Social Justice, students observe how writers employ elements of craft to produce work that break silences. In HONS, we examine what it means to be a writer in the community. Students work with local organizations to develop service-learning sensitivity, creative writing competency and craft.

Timeline photos 04/19/2022

Mollie Bowman (LF, '22), was named the student Employee of the Year at the college. In addition, the National Student Employment Association recognized her, for her work as a Writing Lab Consultant, as one of the top 19 student employees in the entire nation! The Writing Lab and the department is so proud of Mollie's work. Congratulations, Molly!

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Meet Chloe!
Chloe is a WRP major and a Creative Writing minor. She is the social media director for 7360 and enjoys volunteering. Chloe loves collecting books because she adores literature. Her favorite ENGL courses have been American Literature since 1800 and Fiction Writing 1 and 2 . Chloe decided to pursue an English degree because she wants to give a voice, through stories, to people who don't have one. She loves the creativity and and exploration that writing gives.

Photos from College of Charleston Department of English's post 04/15/2022

Focus Friday
My Heart Is a Chainsaw follows Jade, a teenage girl obsessed with horror and slasher flicks, as she navigates her senior year and the unexpected disappearance of tourists from the town. Jade uses the horror genre to comprehend and cope with the life she’s been given. Stephen Graham Jones uses this novel as a vehicle to critique U.S. colonialism, discuss gentrification, and illustrate the generational repercussions of Native American displacement. My Heart Is a Chainsaw was named Best Book of 2021 by NPR.

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This afternoon, 3:30pm in Arnold Hall!

Join us this Thursday, April 14th at 3:30pm in Arnold Hall for Prof. Bowers talk: John Locke, Ecological Imperialism, and the Narration of the Land in Robinson Crusoe—A Tale of the Anthropocene.

This talk examines John Locke’s influence on Daniel Defoe’s enormously popular novel Robinson Crusoe. It argues not only that key tenets of Locke’s political thought inform and support the colonial ideology expressed in Defoe’s novel, but also that both writers promote a form of ecological imperialism that is linked to our current environmental crisis.

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What are you teaching, Professor Duvall?

I am currently teaching ENGL 299 & ENGL 364/AASt 300. In ENGL 364, students are reading and studying novels by African Americans from before emancipation, through the promise of Reconstruction, and into the rise of Jim Crow and anti-Black terrorism at the turn of the 20th century. These writers tested the limits of established genres and experimented with newer forms. Though somewhat obscured by the shadow of more familiar giants of the form, like Ralph Ellison and Toni Morrison, 19th century African American novelists broke new ground and crafted deeply compelling stories that speak to us as urgently now as ever.

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Meet Jessie!
Jessie is double majoring in Creative Writing and Crime. She is also double minoring in Law and Society and Women and Gender Studies. Jessie is involved in Her Campus and works at Buxton Books. Her favorite ENGL course is ENGL 223. She decided to be an English major because she loves writing stories and learning about different kinds of literature.

Timeline photos 04/11/2022

Join us this Thursday, April 14th at 3:30pm in Arnold Hall for Prof. Bowers talk: John Locke, Ecological Imperialism, and the Narration of the Land in Robinson Crusoe—A Tale of the Anthropocene.

This talk examines John Locke’s influence on Daniel Defoe’s enormously popular novel Robinson Crusoe. It argues not only that key tenets of Locke’s political thought inform and support the colonial ideology expressed in Defoe’s novel, but also that both writers promote a form of ecological imperialism that is linked to our current environmental crisis.

Timeline photos 04/11/2022

Join us this Thursday, April 14th at 3:30pm in Arnold Hall for Prof. Bowers talk: John Locke, Ecological Imperialism, and the Narration of the Land in Robinson Crusoe—A Tale of the Anthropocene.

This talk examines John Locke’s influence on Daniel Defoe’s enormously popular novel Robinson Crusoe. It argues not only that key tenets of Locke’s political thought inform and support the colonial ideology expressed in Defoe’s novel, but also that both writers promote a form of ecological imperialism that is linked to our current environmental crisis.

Photos from College of Charleston Department of English's post 04/08/2022

Focus Friday
A History of Kindness is a collection of poems that focus on the impact of colonialism and oppression on Native American communities. Linda Hogan crafts a beautiful masterpiece about the relationships between humanity and the environment. Hogan is a Chickasaw poet, essayist, and environmentalist. She is the Chickasaw Nation’s Writer in Residence. Hogan has been awarded the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry.

Timeline photos 04/07/2022

Congratulations to Jammie Huynh, first year MFA graduate student! She is the first winner of the Free Verse Press Poetry Prize.

https://freeversepress.com/books/

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Congratulations to Prof. Gary Jackson and Prof. Marjory Wentworth, whose poems are included in the new collection Ukweli: Searching for Healing Truth. South Carolina writers & poets explore American racism. Congratulations to Prof. Simon Lewis, as well, who wrote the collection's introduction.

Timeline photos 04/06/2022

What are you teaching, Professor Cannon?

I am currently teaching three sections of ENGL 110. Even though I'm teaching 110s across the board, each class has a distinct personality. So this response is more about the "who." My 10 AM class is the most talkative group. The 12 PM group is what I call the "zen" (aka post-lunch) crowd, and by 1 PM, the class operates pretty efficiently. For many students, that's their last class of the day so I imagine they're eager to have some free time. We're starting the Genre Unit this week, which is always a fun way to end the semester.

Timeline photos 04/04/2022

Meet Caroline!
Caroline is an English major with a WRP concentration. She minors in Jewish Studies. Caroline participates in Club Volleyball and her favorite ENGL courses focus on poetry. She decided to pursue English because she loves writing and believes there is something very powerful about the written word.

Timeline photos 04/04/2022

Explore artistic interpretations of Southerners during their transition from childhood to adulthood. This course analyzes ways young people interact with their families, their cultures, and their histories, as well as with their natural and human-made environments. Register for ENGL 477 Coming of Age in Southern Spaces today!

Photos from College of Charleston Department of English's post 04/01/2022

Focus Friday
Inspired by the American policy of separating families at the border, the Lost Children Archive follows a family as they travel through the Southwest and navigate a crisis along their way. Valeria Luiselli draws from her own experiences as an immigrant to craft this powerful tale about borders and families. This is Luiselli’s first book written in English and was one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year.

Timeline photos 03/31/2022

Join us tomorrow Friday, April 1st 2:30-4pm for English Day in the Stern Center Ballroom! This is a drop in event with an award ceremony starting at 3:15.

Timeline photos 03/30/2022

What are you teaching, Professor Eichelberger?

I am currently teaching ENGL 360/AAST 300, Charleston Writers, and Honors 110. Charleston Writers is a course on representations of Charleston by a cross-section of writers from the 20th and 21st centuries. We've read novels, a play, memoirs, short stories and poetry by writers from the "Charleston Renaissance" of the 1920s and 30s up through the present-day. In Honors 110, we have studied literacy narratives by Eudora Welty, Frederick Douglass, Richard Wright, and Sherman Alexie, and have analyzed the rhetorical situation of Shepard Fairey's mural on College Lodge, and are now reading Nikky Finney's book, Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry, which is really wonderful, timely, and also multimodal!

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5 College Way
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