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College of Education

Museum of Education Programs

The Museum of Education programs are oriented for educators, university and high school students, and the general public and address perennial issues of education as a means to generate thoughtful discussion among the university and the larger community.



Travelstead Room and Award for Courage in Education

The Museum of Education dedicated the Travelstead Room in 2006 and initiated the Travelstead Award in 2007. The room and award honor the career of Chester C. Travelstead (1911-2006), Dean of the School of Education from 1952-1955, who with great courage stood up and spoke for the rights of others and furthered racial integration and social justice in South Carolina.  


Witten Award and Lecture

This documentary film award (and, formally, biennial lecture) is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Charles and Mrs. Margaret Witten and honors the late Dr. Witten, former Dean of Students and professor of higher education administration. The program is now the Charles and Margaret Witten Award for Distinguished Documentary Film in Education and is staged in conjunction with The Nickelodeon’s Indie Grits Film Festival.


Public Square Program

The Museum stages various gallery talks by visiting scholars and the “So Their Voices Will Never be Forgotten” program, public readings, by students and faculty, from the memoirs of South Carolina educators who fought for civil rights and social justice.


Remembrance of the Orangeburg Massacre

During the first week of February, the Museum screens the documentary film Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968 and stages a discussion as a memorial to the wounded and slain students of the Feb. 8, 1968 massacre. This public event recognizes the Orangeburg Massacre and examines the contemporary state of affairs of civil rights in South Carolina and the role of educators in their efforts for social justice. 


Maxine Greene Salons

The Maxine Greene Salon has become a biennial, informal gathering sponsored in conjunction with the Maxine Greene Foundation of New York City where teachers, students, and faculty come together to discuss significant works of literature of contemporary interest.