Day of Learning and Conversation | Technical College of the LowCountry

Day of Learning and Conversation


A Day of Learning and Conversation is an invitation from the faculty and staff of the Technical College of the Lowcountry to join us on our beautiful Beaufort Campus for a morning of exploration and discovery.

Join us as we broaden our ‘conversations’ in the humanities-art, history, culture and literature, by highlighting the expertise and talents of the college’s faculty and staff and the community. The program is FREE and includes three morning sessions followed by lunch with TCL faculty, community partners and leadership.


Technical College of the Lowcountry
921 Ribaut Rd.
Beaufort, SC 29902


Friday, April 21, 2017


9:30 – Registration (McLean Hall, Building 12)

10:00 – Session I

11:00 – Session II

12:00 – Session III

1:00 – Lunch


Opera With A Southern Accent

Presented by Denise Van Nostran, Program Director, TCL Massage Therapy Program, Retired Opera Singer American
Opera has found special inspiration in a number of Southern-themed plays and novels. In this session we will listen to excerpts and explore how this traditionally European art form has become interwoven with some of the voices and stories of our region.

The Mather School Story

A Day in the Life, Presented by Mather Alumni; Alvesta Robertson, Retha McKenzie, Mary Wrighten, Dorothy Giddens, Inez Washington and Samuel Burke. Moderated by Sasha Bishop, Director, TCL Learning Resources Center.
In 1868, on what is now TCL’s Beaufort campus, Rachel Crane Mather established a school for the daughters of liberated slaves. The Mather School served the Lowcountry community for 100 years, eventually opening its doors to men and adding a junior college, and its legacy lives on today. This session features alumni who attended the school in the 1950s and 1960s, who will share with us their stories of life and learning at the Mather School.

Pat Conroy Literary Center

Presented by Jonathan Haupt, Director
Pat Conroy started his working life in Beaufort as a teacher. He went on to become one of America’s best loved writers, revered for his extraordinary storytelling abilities, his truth-telling courage, and his great heart. Hear about the man and Center that will carry on his legacy.

Picture This-Simple Tips for Composition in Photography

Presented by Camille Myers, Photographer, Director, Institutional Research, TCL
Photography for the novice or beginner photographer who would like to take better pictures as it relates to composition, lighting and focus.

The Freedom of Choice Schools

Presented by Steven Green, Local Historian, Moderated by Greg Mauriocourt, Instructor of History, Department of Arts & Sciences, TCL.
Freedom of Choice was the name for a number of plans developed in the United States during 1965-70 aimed at the integration of schools in states that had a segregated educational system. Hear the first-hand experience of those who were in the Beaufort schools at that time.

Getting to the Heart of the Story

Presented by Ryan Copeland, Journalist, Librarian, Battery Creek High School
Whether it’s a special spot or a unique personality, there are countless local stories to be told. Lowcountry columnist and travel book author, Ryan Copeland, will share some of his favorites and provide interviewing and writing techniques that help capture the heart of the story. Know a local person or place that deserves some press? Bring your list, and help Copeland choose topics for his next columns.

Art in Motion: Art in Community, Community in Art

Presented by Diane Dunham Griffin, Greg Rawls and Sharon Riley,  Beaufort Arts Council
Because of local projects like the Community Mural, Pop Art Billboards, Sculpture and others, you don’t have to visit an art museum or gallery to experience art.  Here about these initiatives and what Beaufort’s art community is doing to bring functional art into where we all live, move and play.

The Reconstruction Era: The Readmission of the Southern States

Presented by Greg Mauriocourt, Instructor of History, Department of Arts & Sciences, TCL
Highlights the Reconstruction Plans of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson and Congressional Radical Republicans.

F. Scott Fitzgerald & Ernest Hemingway: A Competitive Friendship

Presented by Jim West, Professor of English, Penn State University
Jim West, who teaches English at Penn State, will discuss the complicated relationship between the American authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.  The two writers were friends but were also competitors, and the competition (at least for Hemingway) continued after Fitzgerald’s death in 1940.  Jim is the General Editor of the Cambridge Edition of Fitzgerald’s works; he was an historical advisor for the recent Baz Luhrmann movie version of Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby.


Choose up to three sessions, one from each time slot, at 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00 PM


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