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Online Events

Cutting-edge research and historical perspectives can teach us a lot about the challenges the world faces today. Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences share insights in this webinar series, connecting current and historical issues to their areas of study in unique ways.

Registration is free and open to the public.

Upcoming webinars


Alissa Armstrong

Fruit Flies and French Fries: The Role of Fat Cells in Communicating Nutritional Input

By Alissa Armstrong, Biological Sciences
3 p.m. | Thursday, December 3

What can a fruit fly tell us about nutrition, obesity, and diabetes? Plenty. In this talk, Alissa Armstrong will explain how cells in the fruit fly communicate nutritional information to each other, allowing changes in nutrition to trigger changes in the body. Although her research focuses on the tiny insect, it has implications for humans and diseases linked to the foods we eat.

Register for this Zoom webinar.

Marius Valdes

The Best Medicine — How Art Brings Laughter and Healing

By Marius Valdes, School of Visual Art and Design
Spring 2021 | Date and time to be announced soon

When Marius Valdes learned about the way art benefits children receiving health care, he knew he wanted to do more for the new children's hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. The result is multiple hallways filled with bright, delightful images, letting child patients know that they are in a safe place. This presentation will discuss the role of art in medicine, therapy and healing. 

Registration link coming soon.




Questions about this webinar series can be directed to Jodi Salter or Bryan Gentry.


Archived Events

The following events have been completed.

Sins of Omission: The Rollin Sisters and the SC Suffrage Movement

Presented by Valinda LIttlefield on August 10. Watch below or on YouTube.

Most accounts of the Suffrage Movement in South Carolina begin with the 1890s, with little or no mention of the movement during Reconstruction. Omission of the first struggle denies a rich and complex narrative with the inclusion of women of color and their efforts to obtain the vote. As the nation marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment was ratified, Valinda Littlefield shared the history of Frances, Katherine, Charlotte, Louise and Florence Rollin and the roles they played in starting the fight for women's suffrage.





New Approaches in Theatre and Dance: Keeping the Lights On During COVID-19

Presented by Tanya Wideman-Davis and Jim Hunter on July 13. Watch below or on YouTube.

When a global pandemic shutters traditional performance halls, we need to find new ways to keep theatre and dance thriving. In this webinar, two professors from the Department of Theatre and Dance discussed their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including how they will teach the performing arts and how they will use innovative techniques to bring performances to the public this fall.



Sensory Revolutions: War, Peace and the Pandemic through the Five Senses

Presented by Mark Smith on June 23. Watch below or on YouTube.

There is more to history than meets the eye. History also affects what people hear, smell, touch, and taste, and those sensory experiences have their own influence on history. Mark Smith, author of a book on the sensory history of the Civil War, shared how sensory history brings this study to life, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic is shaping our senses for the future.


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