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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. Explore the 2019 Weekend at the Coast Brochure.

Signature Lectures

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.

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

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

David Nirenberg, Ph.D., University of Chicago

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

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

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

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

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Jewish Theological Seminary


Nadine 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.

  • 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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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




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