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