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Lectures and Trips

Signature Lectures

The College of Arts and Sciences invites alumni to attend any of the free lectures that take place on the university's campus throughout the year.

Caskey Lecture Series

The Caskey Lecture series was established to provide a public forum to address issues on the 21st Century impact of biotechnology on medicine. Presented annually, the series brings to campus leading scientists who are on the cutting-edge of biotechnological discoveries with profound implications for medical diagnoses, treatments and cures. The series is made possible by C. Thomas Caskey, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and President of Cogene Biotech Ventures. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Recent Speakers and Lecture Topics

2016
iPS Cell Technology Offers Fresh Hope to Patients Living with Neurological Diseases, Including Parkinson’s
Dr. Rudolf Jaenish, Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

2015 
Magic Bullets for Breast Cancer: Matching the Target, Tumor Type and Treatment
Dr. Kimberly L. Blackwell, Duke University Medical Center

2014 
Genomic Medicine: Its Time Has Arrived
Dr.  Daniel J. Rader, University of Pennsylvania

2013
Autism: A New Genetic Approach
Dr.  Arthur L. Beaudet, Baylor College of Medicine

2012 
Stem Cells of the Skin: Their Biology and Clinical Promise
Dr.  Elaine Fuchs, Howard Hughes Medical Institute The Rockefeller University

 

Solomon-Tenenbaum Visiting Lectureship in Jewish Studies

The Solomon-Tenenbaum Lecture series features distinguished scholars and experts recognized for their research and study of Jewish culture and civilization across the ages. From the ancient period to the modern era, the series incites thoughtful discussion on Jewish history, philosophy, religion, literature and politics, and aims to promote an understanding of the global impact of Judaism that spans over 3,000 years of history. The series is made possible by the late Melvin and Judith Solomon, and Samuel and Inez Tenenbaum. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Recent Speakers and Lecture Topics

2016
Salvador Dali’s Aliyah: The Rebirth of Israel
Dr. David R. Blumenthal, Jay and Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies at Emory University

2015               
Does the History of Anti-Judaism have anything to do with the Present?

David Nirenberg, Ph.D., University of Chicago

2014               
My Memoirs Made Me Jewish: Family, Memory, and the Writing Self

Nancy K. Miller, City University of New York Graduate Center

2012               
The Chosen Peoples: American, Israel and the Ordeals of Divine Election
Todd Gitlin, Columbia University

2011               
Sage Tales: The Power of Rabbinic Story and What It Can Teach Us Today

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Jewish Theological Seminary

 


Nadime Beacham and Charlton F. Hall, Sr. Visiting Lectureship

The Nadine Beacham and Charlton F. Hall, Sr. Visiting Lectureship brings together the brightest scholars of New Testament and Early Christianity, the general public and the local church community to inspire the study of Early Christian literature and history, and to foster reflection on the moral issues facing our nation. This lecture was established by Columbia businessman Charlton F. Hall, Jr., in memory of his father, Charlton F. Hall, Sr., and his mother Nadine Beacham Hall. In the words of Charlton F. Hall, Jr., “By annually bringing to the university community a well-known religious leader or scholar, it is my hope to enhance the moral and spiritual well-being of the individual and promote peace and good will among men.” This lecture is free and open to the public.

Recent Speakers 
  • The Reverend Dr. Luke A. Powery, Duke University Chapel
  • The Reverend Dr. C. Clifton Black, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Ms. Krista Tippett, Broadcaster, journalist, author, and host of “On Being”
  • Dr. Adela Yarbro Collins, Yale University Divinity School
  • Dr. Richard A. Horsley, University of Massachusetts

 

Townsend Lecture

The Townsend Lecture topic alternates annually between the impact of biological sciences on society and culture in the South from a refined perspective of southern literature, classical music, fine arts and theater. Presented annually, the Townsend Lecture is made possible by the late Dr. J. Ives Townsend, ‘41, in honor of his parents Joel Ives Townsend, ’11 and Emma Chiles Cothran Townsend, and grandparents Robert Wallace Townsend who attended USC in 1883-1884 and Amelia Dalton Carter Townsend. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Recent Speakers and Lecture Topics

2016
Boardinghouse Reach: Foodways, Gender, and Southern Culture
Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt, John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies in the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


2015
Intersecting Societies:  Our Relationship with the Microbial World
Carole A. Heilman, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.


2013
Writing a Biography of Cancer
Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer prize-winning author, Columbia University Medical Center


2011
                           
Tony Horowitz interviewed by Dr. Walter Edgar
Tony Horowitz, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist


2009
                           
The Balkans of Barbeque: Pit-Cooked Meat in the Carolinas
John Shelton Reed (aka William Rand Kenan, Jr.) University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


2007
                           
Climate Change: Impacts, Adaption, and Solutions
Chris Field, Stanford University

 

Travel with Alumni

Alumni and Friends Weekend at the Coast

Each year the College of Arts and Sciences invites you to experience the untouched ecology on the historic 17,500 acre research reserve located on the Hobcaw Barony near Georgetown, SC. Renowned faculty and staff from the College of Arts and Sciences lead several compelling sessions that are exciting, educational, and interactive. 

Experience

“The staff are wonderful and very knowledgeable. Fellow participants were charming too.”

“The role of USC Arts and Sciences in organizing and coordinating the educational opportunity was tremendous!!”

“The competence of the faculty instructors, their enjoyment in teaching and their openness to questions and ideas.”

“Everything was perfect – making new friends, experiencing the sheer beauty of everything, THE FOOD!!, speakers, staff, The Dean, ALL OF IT!!”