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College of Arts and Sciences

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 are sharing their insights in this summer webinar series, covering topics ranging from big data research to the Rollins sisters, early activists in South Carolina's women's suffrage movement. Each event is streamed on the Zoom webinar platform, and each will include time for questions and answers.

Registration is free and open to the public.

Stephanie Milling, Tayna Wideman-Davis, and Jim Hunter

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

Tanya Wideman-Davis and Jim Hunter, Department of Theatre and Dance

Monday, July 13, 12 p.m.

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 will discuss 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.

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Zhenlong Li

Following the Pandemic on Twitter: a Big Data Approach

Zhenlong Li, Geography

July 28, 12 p.m.

The places people tweet could help us stay one step ahead of the next pandemic. Zhenong Li will give an overview of geographic information systems and how he has used them to map floods, hurricanes and solar eclipse watchers. Now he is using location data from Twitter to map the spread of the coronavirus. He will explain how this could lead to a system that can make predictions about the spread of a virus. Xiaoming Li from the Arnold School of Public Health will join him for a discussion and Q&A.

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Valinda LIttlefield

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

Valinda Littlefield, Department of History

August 10, 2 p.m.

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 will share the history of Frances, Katherine, Charlotte, Louise and Florence Rollin and the roles they played in starting the fight for women's suffrage.

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

Archived Events

The following events have been completed.

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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