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A Day of Learning and Conversation set for April 21

April 06, 2017

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The Technical College of the Lowcountry is hosting A Day of Learning and Conversation at its beautiful Beaufort Campus from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, April 21. Faculty, staff and community members will lead a series of ‘conversations’ in the humanities such as in art, history, culture and literature. The program is FREE and includes three hour-long sessions followed by lunch with TCL faculty, community partners and leadership.

Reservations are required and space is limited. To register, please visit www.tcl.edu/conversation or contact Jessica Bridges, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement, at 843 525-8294 or jbridges@tcl.edu.

The Conversations

·         Opera with a Southern Accent

Presented by Denise Van Nostran, Program Director, TCL Massage Therapy Program, Former Professional Opera Singer

American Opera has found special inspiration in a number of Southern-themed plays and novels. In this session, you’ll 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 will feature alumni who attended the school in the 1950s and 1960s and 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 to 1970 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. Hear 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.




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