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John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy

West Forum Events

Fall 2015

Alan Wilson & Mike Huckabee discuss the Supreme Court and the Constitution

September 3, 2015
11:00 am

During this event SC Attorney General Alan Wilson will have a conversation with Republican primary presidential candidate Mike Huckabee about the rights and limitations set out by the Constitution. They will also consider individual Supreme Court cases.

This event is a Cultural Event.


Constitution Day: Federalism and the Constitution Through a Historical Global Lens

September 17, 2015
11:00 am
Dina's Place

Dr Eddie Lee and Dr Tim Boylan will discuss the evolution and longevity of the US Constitution. Dr Lee will focus on the role of state’s rights and federal government rights, while Dr Boylan will look at constitutional issues through a comparative perspective.

Home Rule

September 22, 2015
Dina's Place

How is power divided in our state?
County, state, and local municipalities all have power to make certain decisions that affect your life, yet sometimes conflict with each other.
How do these agencies use their powers?
How do their powers and their conflicts affect your everyday life?
These are questions that will be focused on in this conversation.
Join us to learn about the delegation of power in South Carolina! 

Relationships and Power Series 


Relationships and Power

Global Cultural EventBanned Books Reading

Thursday, October 1, 2015
7:00 pm
Owens G01

The 6th annual Banned Books reading will include readings from graphic novels and children's books on the banned books list. In 2014, 5 of the top 10 banned books had major graphic components. 

Selections will be read from:

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Drama, by Raina Telgemeier 


Cultural Event Logo png(1)The Affordable Care Act and a Single- Payer System in the United States

 Dr David Keely, President of Healthcare for All, South Carolina will be discussing the Affordable Healthcare Act and a single-payer system in the United States.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

6:30 pm, Whitton Auditorium (Carroll Hall)

Approved Cultural Event, open to the public. 



Spring 2016

Domestic Violence Panel

January 21, 2016
Dina's Place

Details TBD.

 Foreign Aid and the Road to the White House with Michael Gerson- RESCHEDULED

Monday, February 8, 2016

4:30 PM, Dina's Place

Cultural Event!

 Gerson Event

Presidential Primaries: The Importance of the Carolinas- CULTURAL EVENT!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

11:00 AM, Dina's Place




Summer 2016

NEW Leadership South Carolina

Summer Institute

May 15-19, 2016
Winthrop University Campus


The John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy at Winthrop University is pleased to partner with the College of Charleston to bring the NEW Leadership Summer Institute to South Carolina. NEW Leadership South Carolina is affiliated with the NEW Leadership Network created by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University

For additional information, go to the NEW Leadership South Carolina HOMEPAGE.