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Grant Awardees

2020 Theme Semester: Justice

Please join us in congratulating the following faculty members, who will receive support to develop new courses or course materials, programming and events for Theme Semester 2020.  We are excited about the ways that these innovative new courses, diverse methods of instruction, programs and events will engage our campus community with issues of Justice.

Co-Curricular Programming Award Recipients

Faculty Member Unit(s) generating proposal Title of Program/Event

Jessica Barnes

School of the  Earth, Ocean and Environment

Undergraduate workshops: 
White Privilege Racial Injustice, and Building Community in the Environmental Field
Workshops will give students a chance to reflect on their own privilege, think about racial injustice, and learn how race intersects with processes of environmental change and resource use. They will develop skills for addressing injustice and building community that they can take with them as they move forward in their careers as environmental researchers and practitioners.

Kaitlin Boyle
Laura Brashears
Suzanne Swan
Dawn Campbell

Criminology and Criminal Justice
Psychology/Women’s and Gender Studies
Women’s and Gender Studies

"Violence and (In)justice"  
Lecture series, meetings, and working groups
A lecture series featuring scholars who study violence, harassment, inequality, and justice. Professors Jody Clay-Warner and Justine Tinkler, both of the University of Georgia, join the proponents to discuss their research on how violence impacts well-being and reinforces social inequalities.

Lana Burgess

McKissick Museum

"Finding Justice for Women at the University of South Carolina"
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment, McKissick Museum has mounted an exhibition called A Woman's Right, focusing on the history of women at the University of South Carolina. During theme semester, programming on the time period from 1945 to the present will include panel discussions, a film screening, a public lecture, and a “lunch and learn,” all focusing on the injustices facing women with regards to access to education, sports, equal rights, and reproduction rights. 

Bobby Donaldson

Center for Civil Rights  History and Research

Remembering the Freedom Rides
A conversation between two veteran Freedom Riders: Charles Person and Joan Browning, moderated by journalist Beryl Dakers and followed by an audience Q & A. The two Freedom Riders will share their experiences and reflect upon the Civil Rights Movement and its legacy more broadly.  

Laura Kissel


The Guerrilla Girls: Presentation, Workshop, and Art Exhibition
Over this two-day event, a Guerrilla Girl will give a hands-on activist workshop as well as a public presentation followed by a Q&A and meet and greet at the Columbia Museum of Art, a co-sponsor of this event. A concurrent Guerrilla Girl exhibition on women, power, and justice in the arts is scheduled for November 24 – January 7 at McMaster Gallery.

Caroline Nagel


Lecture: "Fake Maps! The Cartography of Elections," by Dr. Kenneth Field
Dr. Field, an expert on election mapping, will offer a timely and helpful perspective on how journalists, pundits, and politicians represent electoral results, and how election maps can obscure inequities in the electoral system (including those created by gerrymandering).

Carla Pfeffer

Women’s and Gender Studeis

Talk, book signing, and reception: "The View from Somewhere: Transgender Journalist Lewis Wallace on 'Objectivity' and 'Justice'"
Wallace's talk will explore the harm caused by the myth of objectivity and enable broader consideration of the role of journalism, justice, and "neutrality" in the Trump era.

Kimberly Simmons

Anthropology, African American  Studies, and Institute for African American  Research

Lecture, Art Presentation, and Discussion by the Artist Jennifer “JRenee" Johnson
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, this event will pay tribute to the people and culture of New Orleans, discuss race and injustice surrounding the hurricane and its aftermath, and contemplate memories of home with artist JRenee.

Frank Thorne


Moon Duchin Lecture and (optional) technical lecture.
Lecture by one of the world's leading expert in the mathematics of gerrymandering.  


Course Development Grantees

Course Faculty Name Affiliation(s)
ENVR 348 / AFAM 348
Environmental Racism and Justice
Monica Barra, Assistant Professor School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment,
SCHC 311, MATH 399 and MATH 599
Voting and Elections: Theory, Mathematics
and Social Justice
Scott Dunn, Instructor Mathematics
HIST 463 / AFAM 463
Jim Crow: Histories and Revivals
Myisha Eatmon, Instructor History
GEOG 321
Sustainable Cities
Conor Harrison, Assistant Professor Geography
PHIL 370
Special Topics in Philosophy: Climate Justice in SC
Matthew Kisner, Professor Philosophy
CRJU 591 / AFAM 397
Miscarriages of Justice
Deena Isom Scott, Assistant Professor Criminology and Criminal Justice

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