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Summer 2015

NEW Leadership South Carolina

Summer Institute 
May 17-21, 2015 
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.

Spring 2015

ARTivism By Any Medium Necessary: Exploring Black Freedom Struggles 

Performance/Lecture by: Pierce Freelon

March 5, 7pmDina's PlaceDiGiorgio Campus Center; FREE and open to the public
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Home Rule: Everything You Ever Want to Know 

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!

February 26, 11amDina's PlaceDiGiorgio Campus Center; FREE and open to the public
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Reckoning the Strom Thurmond Lineage With My Family's Legacy 

Monica Williams-Hudgens is a domestic violence advocate, activist, writer, teacher, community organizer, and scholar from the state of Washington.  She has dedicated her life to social justice, working at the grassroots, within and sometime outside of the traditional system to create change. 

Being an agent for social justice and change is just one of the many rich family legacies Monica’s father, Julius Thomas Williams, and mother, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, left for their children.  She is the granddaughter of the late United States Senator Strom Thurmond, the second-longest serving member of the Senate.

February 5, 11amMcBryde Hall ; FREE and open to the public
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Fall 2014-2015

Dr. John Holder: The Constitution and the Right to Vote

 In honor of Constitution Day, Dr. John Holder will discuss the right to vote in the US Constitution. He will discuss historical aspects as well as current obstacles to the right to vote.

September 16, 11am; Dina's Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center

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Sixth Annual Banned Book Reading

Students from the WU Literary Society and the WU NCTE will do dramatic readings from the following banned books:

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Bone (Comic Book Series) by Jeff Smith 

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

September 23, 7pmOwens Hall G02

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Question Bridge: Black Males Blueprint Roundtable

In conjunction with the exhibition “Question Bridge: Black Males,” a “Blueprint Roundtable” will be held to facilitate multi-generational dialogue about leadership, mentorship, and critical social issues in the black community. Roundtable participants are:  Timothy Hopkins ’83, ’85, ’00, Kambrell Garvin ’13, Saani Perry, Joshua Dantzler, Rudy Currence, Ron Nelson Jr., Willis Lewis and Morenga Hunt.

October 7, 7pm; Dina's Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center

Sponsored by: John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy, Minor in African American Studies, DiGiorgio Student Union, Office of Diversity and Student Engagement, Winthrop University Galleries

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Winthrop Poll: Previewing the South Carolina Gubernatorial Election

  Dr. Scott Huffmon will discuss the results of the latest Winthrop Poll as the relate to the November 2014 Gubernatorial election.

October 14, 11amKinard Hall Auditorium (018)

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Contemporary Questions about Desegregation and Resegregation

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Dr. Rosalyn Mickelson and Dr. Stephen Smith will discuss desegregation of public schools in the United States and in North and South Carolina in particular.

October 21, 11am; Tuttle Dining Room, McBryde Hall

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School Board Candidate Forum

 Rock Hill School District Three Candidates for the Rock Hill School District Three School Board will discuss issues related to our schools.
Moderator: Dr. Laura Ulrich, College of Business

October 21, 7:30pm-8:30pm; Whitton Auditorium, Carroll Hall

FREE and open to the public
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The Hornsby M.L.A. Lecture Series

Self-Justification in Everyday Life
What cognitive dissonance theory teaches us about cheating, conflict, love, war, memory - and the rest of life.
October 28, 7:30pm; Dina's Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center

Pill, Profits, and Pseudoneuroscience
Thinking critically about the biomedical revolution
October 29, 7:30pm; Dina's Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center

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Spring 2015

Winthrop Poll

South Carolina attitudes on the economy, sea level change, women's issues, the Confederate flag and more.

January 22, 11:00am;Owens G02; cultural events approval pending

Summer 2015

NEW Leadership South Carolina

Summer Institute
May 2015 
Winthrop University Campus

The John C. West Forum and Winthrop University will partner with the College of Charleston to host the first NEW Leadership-South Carolina Summer Institute. The NEW Leadership - South Carolina program is a member of the NEW Leadership Network, led by the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University. Approximately 20-30 college students will come to the Winthrop campus to learn about women's leadership and careers in public affairs. Watch for applications--coming soon!