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In 2017-2018, the John C. West Forum is celebrating 15 years of promoting civic engagement and 10 years at Winthrop University. We thank the late Governor for his vision and commitment to public service. 

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View Winthrop University's 2016 National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) results and find out how Winthrop fares compared to other U.S. Colleges and Universities on Student Voting (pdf- 545 KB). 

For the second year, the West Forum is conducting the Palmetto Focus series; a series of discussion forums where state decision-makers and activists discuss issues important to our state. 2016-17 events included forums about Act 388, the future of the Affordable Care Act in South Carolina, and a discussion about economics and race in South Carolina. The Palmetto Focus series is underwritten by Morton & Gettys and Robinson Bradshaw law firms.

Stay up to date on our most recent events by visiting our Facebook Page.  

Spring 2018

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Understanding Women's Leadership 

January 18, 2018
6:30 pm
Dina's Place

     Co-Sponsored by the the Rock Hill AAUW, Dr. Karen Kedrowski will speak about Women's Leadership in SC. 
   

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Palmetto Focus Series: Charter Schools

January 23, 2018
6:30 PM
Richardson Ballroom A

     Guests will discuss the impact and role of charter schools in South Carolina.

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Representative James Smith, Democratic Candidate for Governor of South Carolina

January 30, 2018
7:00 PM
Richardson Ballroom A

  Co-Sponsored by the Winthrop University College Democrats, Representative James Smith, and Democratic Candidate for Governor of South Carolina will speak about his vision for the State.
   

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Civic Inspiration for a New Generation: The Life and Legacy of Ambassador and Governor John C. West

February 12, 2018
7:00 PM
Dina's Place

  A public lecture on Governor West on celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the West Forum, and its 10th anniversary at Winthrop. Dr. Blease Graham will deliver a lecture about Governor John West and his lasting legacies to South Carolina and United States at large.
   

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South Carolina Women and Women's Suffrage

March 8, 2018
6:30 PM
Dina's Place

  Co-Sponsored by the the Rock Hill AAUW,Dr. Karen Kedrowski will speak on South Carolina Women and Women's Suffrage. 
   

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Palmetto Focus Event III

April 2018

  Details forthcoming. 
   

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Town Hall with Rock Hill City Leadership 

April 12, 2018
6:30 PM
Dina's Place

   The West Forum and Alpha Phi Alpha Graduate Fraternity will host a live Town Hall with the Rock Hill City leadership. Invitees will be the mayor and city council members. The city leaders will discuss key issues facing the city and their agenda for the future growth.

 

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