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Witten Lecture screens video documentary, "The Travelstead Room: A Space to Honor, A Place to Engage"


The University of South Carolina’s Museum of Education will stage the 14th Charles and Margaret Witten Lecture-Film Presentation on Friday, April 7, from 3:00-4:15 p.m. in Room 126 of Wardlaw Hall, with a reception afterwards in the Museum of Education’s exhibition area. The Museum will screen a 30 minute documentary, “The Travelstead Room: A Space to Honor, A Place to Engage.” This video, through comments by faculty, staff, students, and visiting scholars, examines the importance of memorializations at colleges and universities and the significance of designing spaces that encourage teachers and students to address and to confront issues of civil rights and social justice.

Immediately following the documentary video, the Travelstead Award for Courage in Education will be presented to Dr. Millicent E. Brown, social justice researcher, activist-historian, and a “first child” to desegregate the Charleston public schools in 1963. The award honors the career of Chester C. Travelstead (1911-2006), Dean of the College of Education from 1952-1955, who spoke for the rights of others and furthered the cause of racial integration in South Carolina schools. Previous recipients of the Travelstead Award include Federal Judge Mathew Perry, Voorhees College President Emeritus Cleveland Sellers, and human rights activist-filmmaker Charles (Bud) Ferillo.

The event, part of the Nickelodeon Theatre’s Indie Grits Festival, is free and open to the public.

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