Join Mary Jo Fairchild for a Sabbatical Talk on the Peace Family and the Legacies of Slavery and Dispossession at CofC

The Public History Working Group of the Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston (CSSC) is pleased to sponsor a sabbatical talk given by Mary Jo Fairchild, Coordinator of Research Services at the Special Collections at the College of Charleston.

When & Where: The talk will be…

  • On Thursday, April 18th, at 4:00 p.m.
  • In Addlestone Library room 227

About the Talk: Thomas Peace worked at the College of Charleston on and off beginning in the late 1820s until his death almost sixty years later. At first, he worked while enslaved. After emancipation, he served as “janitor,” “porter,” and courier. During this presentation, Fairchild will discuss her efforts to recover the lives of Thomas Peace, his wife Isabella, and their children, reintroducing their story into the institution’s historical memory.

Details: Using a Black feminist epistemological approach alongside critical theory and more traditional historical research methods, Fairchild’s work reconstructs the story of the Peace family and interrogates the unexplored and intertwined roles of dispossession and slavery in the development of the College of Charleston. This research, conducted during a recent sabbatical, represents an important contribution to the efforts currently underway at the College of Charleston that seek to understand the legacy of slavery and make strides towards addressing and repairing its enduring effects.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Join Zahra Hankir for a Talk on De-Centering the Western Gaze and Cultural Narratives

The Office of Institutional Diversity’s (OID) Signature Speaker for April will be Zahra Hankir, a Lebanese British journalist and editor who writes about the intersection of politics, culture, and society, particularly in the Middle East!

About Zahra Hankir: Zahra’s background is Middle Eastern Studies, Islamic movements and International Politics. She was awarded a Jack R. Howard Fellowship in International Journalism to attend the Columbia University School of Journalism, where she specialized in newspaper and magazine writing and wrote about the Muslim community of Queens. She is the editor of Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World and the author of Eyeliner: A Cultural History.

When & Where: The talk will be…

  • On Friday, April 12th, from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • In ECTR room 118

This event is free to attend; no registration required.

English Department Scholarship Opportunity

Students who intend to complete an independent study or bachelors essay in English beginning next fall are eligible to submit their proposals for consideration for the Macy Ezell Cooke Scholarship and an award of $1,000!

Details: The Cooke Scholarship is awarded to the most promising, innovative, or academically substantial project, based on the proposal. In preparing their proposals, students should follow the guidelines provided below. The English department will consider all proposals submitted for the scholarship at their final faculty meeting on April 9th.

To Apply: Submit your proposal through the Cougar Scholarship Award System by April 5th. Please note that April 5th is only the deadline for the consideration for the scholarship. BE/IS proposal final deadlines come much later.

Students are expected to consult with their preferred faculty advisors well in advance of preparing their proposals and to complete their proposals on time and strictly according to the guidelines stated below. Acceptance of proposals is contingent upon the approval of a committee composed of the faculty advisor, the appropriate concentration director (Creative Writing; Literature and Film; Writing, Rhetoric, and Publication), and the Associate Chair of the Department.

To propose a Bachelor’s Essay or Independent Study in English, a student must:

  • have completed 60 hours of coursework, including ENGL 299
  • not have exceeded 9 hours of independent study (including Tutorials, Bachelor’s Essays, and Independent Studies)
  • identify a BE or IS faculty director in English
  • consult with the director while preparing the proposal according to the guidelines below

Submit the proposal, via your director, to the committee no later than one week before the first day of classes for the semester in which the work is to be done. It is preferable to submit the proposal much sooner, preferably in the prior semester.

Proposal Guidelines
Your proposal should be 400-500 words long—one single-spaced page—excluding the bibliography. Place your name at the top of the first page along with the name of your faculty advisor, and indicate whether you are proposing an Independent Study or a Bachelor’s Essay. Proposals should include the following:

  • An intriguing and informative title.
  • A brief, engaging introduction that identifies your primary sources and strategically frames your project. You can do this in any number of ways, but successful strategies include establishing broader contexts for your project (historical, theoretical, generic), modeling your proposed engagement with the text(s), and/or emphasizing why your topic is timely and important.
  • A tentative—but pointed and specific—project goal. For critical projects, this will be a research question or, if your project is more developed, a thesis. For creative projects, this will be a statement of intent. The goal here is to articulate what you hope to achieve in this independent project.
  • A focused account of the conversation your project participates in. This might include key critical arguments or creative practices you hope to address and extend. Try to cite at least two sources, though there probably won’t be room for substantial quotations. You might also describe in greater detail the theoretical, methodological, or creative foundations indicated in your introduction.
  • A project timeline, noting completion dates for specific stages of the project (annotated bibliography or creative review, section and chapter drafts, final copy, etc.). Please also note the anticipated size of the project and related outcomes. Independent studies typically require 25 pages of formal writing, though not necessarily in the form of one long essay. Bachelor’s Essays typically require 50 pages of formal writing and a defense.
  • A grading plan explaining how the course will be graded. Faculty advisors may choose to adapt one of the following sample grading plans:
    • Grading Plan for Independent Study – The faculty advisor will assign a grade based on two factors: participation (e.g., attendance at and preparedness for weekly meetings) and written work, which will consist of _________.
    • Grading Plan for Bachelor’s Essay – The faculty advisor will assign a grade based two factors: participation (e.g., attendance at and preparedness for weekly meetings) and the writing project. The writing project will be at least 50 pages long and show evidence of substantial primary and/or secondary research. The student will defend the writing project orally before a panel including the faculty advisor and two additional faculty members.
  • A statement of the Student Learning Outcome(s) for the project. Faculty advisors may choose to adapt the following SLO:
    • Student Learning Outcome for Bachelor’s Essay/Independent Study: Student will demonstrate the ability to plan and effectively carry out an extensive research and/or writing project independently.
  • A bibliography, including no fewer than ten primary and secondary sources.

Please note that the bullet points above merely list several important features of the proposal. They are not meant to serve as an outline of your proposal, which should unfold in a series of strategically organized paragraphs that combine these features as best suits your project. Nor are they exhaustive. You may, for example, also want to discuss the experiences and qualifications that have led you to and prepared you for your proposed project.

A few additional notes
Because decisions about Bachelor’s Essays and Independent Studies are likely to be made after registration has begun, students should register for classes as if they will not be doing independent work.

Bachelor’s Essays with an ENGL prefix can be applied to the Open Electives requirement of the English Core. Students can apply both semesters of their Bachelor’s Essay (499A & 499B) to this 6 credit hour requirement.

Independent Studies can be applied either to the Open Electives requirement or to the Focus Electives requirement of our three concentrations, provided that the content of the Independent Study project reflects the content of the concentration. If you would like to have your Independent Study applied as a Focus Elective within your concentration, please contact the Associate Chair.

Applications Are Open for the Meridian-Cox Foreign Service Fellowship for Emerging Leaders

Applications are now open for the fully funded Meridian-Cox Foreign Service Fellowship for Emerging Leaders!

The Opportunity: The Meridian-Cox Foreign Service Fellowship for Emerging Leaders is a fully-paid enrichment and training program in Washington, DC, seeking to expand awareness and access to Foreign Service careers to students. The Fellowship provides undergraduate students with insight into American diplomacy while underscoring educational, internship, and career paths within the U.S. Foreign Service.

Details: The Fellowship will occur in Washington, DC, from Sunday, June 23 to Saturday, June 29, 2024. Fellows will be paid a stipend of $500 and receive per diem for meals and incidentals for each day of the program. Roundtrip airfare, lodging, and ground transportation to and from the Washington, DC airport will also be covered.

Included Activities: Full-day visit to the U.S. Department of State, interactive two-day diplomatic skills training course, diplomacy simulation, panel discussions with representatives from the broader U.S. Foreign Service apparatus, various site visits, tour of Washington monuments and cultural activities, and virtual workshops before and following the program.

To ApplyGo to this link to apply. Applications are due Wednesday, March 20th, at 11:59 p.m.

For more information, click the application link or send an email to There will also be an informational webinar on Thursday, March 7th, at 8:00 p.m., which you can register for here.

The Women and Gender Studies Dept. is Seeking Submissions for Their Newsletter

The Women and Gender Studies Department is sourcing student submissions to showcase individual work that is related to Women and Gender Studies in their newsletter!

What You Can Submit: You can submit all sorts of things, including:

  • Personal artwork
  • Visual art
  • Poetry
  • Ongoing research
  • Essays
  • Fiction writing
  • Any other student venture that focuses on women and gender in its subject matter!

To SubmitClick here to go to the submission form. Submissions are due Thursday, February 29th.

The Mroz Global Leadership Institute Summit Starts on Thursday, February 22nd!

The Mroz Institute Summit on “Conflict, Cooperation, and Diplomacy: Perspectives on the Middle East, Latin America, China, and Russia” will take place at the College of Charleston on February 22nd and 23rd, 2024!

The Summit: This event brings a tremendous group of distinguished academics and practitioners working on conflict resolution and cooperation in various regions around the world to campus.

When & Where: The summit will be…

  • On Thursday, February 22nd, starting at 4:00 p.m., and Friday, February 23rd, starting at 7:45 a.m.
  • In RITA room 101

To Attend: Click here to register for the summit with the option to attend in person or virtually.

For more information about the summit schedule and its speakers, check out the provided flyer or click the registration link.

Enter the Civil Discourse Essay Contest for $1,000!

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is inviting current CofC students to participate in the Fall 2023 Civil Discourse Essay Contest!

The Contest: Write a 750-word essay responding to the prompt, “What does healthy public conflict look and sound like in a democracy?” Essays will be judged by the coherence of the argument, the quality of examples and evidence used, and the vividness of the writing. All essays will be checked by AI detection software.

The Prize: Sponsored by a generous gift from the Rusovich family, the student who writes the winning essay will receive $1,000.

To Enter: Email your completed essay in a PDF file to by December 1st, 2023.

The SC Washington Semester Program is accepting applications for Spring 2024

The Washington Semester Program (WSP) offers South Carolina college students the opportunity to spend a semester working and taking classes in Washington D.C., gaining valuable experience while earning academic credit toward their degrees.

The opportunity: Live/Learn/Work. Students live in a historic Capital Hill neighborhood, explore the city through group excursions, all while taking 15 credit hours.

  • 9 credit hours are applied towards a full-time internship in congressional, executive, judicial or private sector offices, which can be applied towards your Honors Immersed requirement.

Great fit for: Many CofC Honors students have participated and thrived in this program over the years, with backgrounds ranging from political science to economics to international studies to public health. Participants get firsthand experience with the political process, obtaining skills that will help prepare them for careers in virtually any sphere.

Scholarships available: The program allocates support for students who demonstrate financial need and awards over $10,000 each year in scholarships.

  • Learn more: the Program will offer multiple virtual info sessions over the coming weeks. Sign up here.

How to apply: Personal statement + resume + transcript + LOR by Sunday, September 17, followed by virtual interviews for finalists the following Sunday. Access the application instructions here.