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Jim Charles Presents Native American Studies Week Lecture

March 23, 2015 at 11:58 am

On Monday, March 23, 2015, Jim Charles, Education, presented “Man Made of Words: N. Scott Momaday” as part of the Native American Studies Week lecture series sponsored by USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center.

Jim Charles Presents Paper at Annual Conference

February 27, 2015 at 1:57 pm

On FebruCharles Jimary 13, 2015, Jim Charles, Education, presented a paper titled “American Indian Adolescent Literature” at the 36th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM.

Jack Turner Receives Clean Water Champion Award

February 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Jack Turner gets Clear Water Champion AwardDr. Jack Turner, director of the Watershed Ecology Center, was recently recognized by Upstate Forever as a Clean Water Champion during the Sixth Annual ForeverGreen Awards Luncheon which celebrates individuals and organizations for significant contributions in the fields of land conservation, water quality, air quality, sustainable development, waste reduction, public service and volunteer work.

Since the creation of the Watershed Ecology Center in 1999,
Turner has been educating children – and adults – about the
need to be good stewards of the environment and its resources.
The outreach efforts he and WEC staff continue to promote have
reached nearly 70,000 in Spartanburg County.

Butler Serves The Needs Of Business Transfer Students

January 27, 2015 at 7:24 am

Butler SarahProspective business students wishing to transfer to the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate will find a new resource with the hiring of Sarah C. Butler as the transfer advisor and student services coordinator.

Butler provides an array of services to transfer students, current students enrolled at the USC Upstate Greenville Campus, and prospective transfer students from community colleges. She assists with comprehensive programs and initiatives promoting student success, provides career guidance, oversees transfer orientation, and provides course advisement to transfer students.

“The greatest impact I hope to make with each student is for them to feel that they have been treated with the highest quality of respect and care,” said Butler. “That’s been my priority for the past six years and it hasn’t failed me yet.”

Butler will maintain office hours at The George and at the Greenville Campus. She can be reached at or 503-5525 (Spartanburg) or 552-4231 (Greenville).

Charley Harrington Publishes Four Scholarly Articles

January 20, 2015 at 7:07 am

Harrington CharlesCharley Harrington, professor of interdisciplinary studies in the Center of Disciplinary Studies, recently published four new scholarly articles:

C. Harrington.  2015.  A Brief History of American Indian Business.   International Journal of Business Anthropology.  Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 67-76. 2015.

C. Harrington. 2015.  Culturally Relevant Strategies for Supporting American Indian Entrepreneurship. Journal of Ethics and Entrepreneurship.  Vol. 5, No.1, pp. 65-79, 2015.

C. Harrington and T. Schibik, S. Mujumdar, D. Friesner. 2015.   Do Tuition Increases Lower Student Academic Performance?  Forthcoming Spring 2015 .  International Journal of Data Analysis Techniques and Strategies.  2015.

C. Harrington and J. Bass .2014.  Understanding the Academic Persistence of American Indian College Transfer Students.  Journal of Indigenous Policy Studies, Vol. 25, No. 1, Fall  2014.


Kelly Smith Explores Christmas Truce of 1914 During Presentation at Upcountry History Museum

December 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Adjunct history professor Kelly Smith will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 18 at the Upcountry History Museum as part of their History After Dark Program.

Smith’s topic is “Carols in No Man’s Land:  The Centennial of the Christmas Day Truce.”

When World War I ended, nearly 20 million people were dead and the world’s landscape had been forever altered. The nations involved highlighted the barbarity of their respective “enemies.” Millions of dollars were spent to dehumanize the opponent.

When the war commenced in 1914, everyone believed they would be home by Christmas, but as the body count rose and the trench system developed, it became clear to all that this would not be the case.

Then on Christmas Eve, on a field in Flanders, the sounds of “Silent Night” echoed through No Man’s Land. A miracle happened, and for one day sounds of shells were not heard. This program will explore the Christmas Truce in 1914 and a personal connection of the speaker that highlights history, and humanity, surrounds us all.

Tickets are $6 for nonmembers. For more information, contact Elizabeth McSherry at (864) 467-3100, ext. 105.

Goldberg Recognized as Featured Scholar by USC Office of Research

December 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Goldberg AbrahamDr. Abe Goldberg has been recognized by the University of South Carolina Office of Research as one of the Featured Scholars for November.

You can read the story here.

Neary to Present in Berlin

December 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADr. Brigitte Neary will travel to Berlin, Germany to share her knowledge on German women’s experiences of sexual violence and expulsion from East-Central Europe at the Authenticity and Victimhood in Twentieth Century History and Commemorative Culture Conference, which will be held December 11-13.

A professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Neary’s specific research focus has been on women and displacement and women and armed conflict, including their experiences in war zones. She has received both national and international recognition for her work.

The conference aims to explore the experience and construction of victimhood and related narratives in international comparison with the main focus placed on the history of the 1930s to the 1950s and responses to that past in Europe, Asia, and North America. Moreover, the conference seeks to place German and European historical experiences in a broader global context. Hosts include the Institute of Contemporary History, Munich-Berlin, the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, in cooperation with the Leibniz Research Alliance on Historical Authenticity, and the George Washington University.

For more information, contact Dr. Brigitte Neary at (864) 503-5834.

Desireé Rowe, Ph.D., Awarded Research Grant from Waterhouse Family Institute

October 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm

RoweDesiree2014 (1)The University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to announce that Desireé Rowe, Ph.D., has received a $4,860 grant from the Waterhouse Family Institute of Communication and Society at Villanova University to begin field research on her project, “Performing Gender-Based Activism in Eastern Germany.”

Rowe, an assistant professor in Fine Arts and Communication Studies, plans to use the grant monies to travel to Germany during the summer 2015, where she will begin to examine the reactions of policy changes post-unification and beyond in east Germany. Her goal is to engage local gender-based activist organizations in the Berlin region of east Germany to uncover dominant themes in resistence to policy.

Through her research, Rowe hopes to provide answers to the following research questions:

  • What are the dominant narratives of gender that German unification created for feminists in eastern Germany?
  • Since unification, how have feminists in eastern Germany responded to the changes in gender-based policy from the GDR (German Democratic Republic) Constitution to the state policy of the Republic of Germany?
  • What are feminist gender-based cultural performances of resistance within a localized context in eastern Germany?
  • What are the narrative themes of these cultural performances of resistance?

Rowe received her doctorate from Arizona State University in 2009. She serves as the faculty adviser for Lambda Pi Eta, the communication studies honor society. Her research interests include cultural performance, gender and ethnography.

Each year, the Waterhouse Family Insitute provides funds to support research conducted by scholars at Villanova and institutions across the world. The institute through its grant program supports communication-focused research needed to engage the complexities of social change and social justice. This year, the Waterhouse Family Institute accepted 34 percent of the grants submitted for 2014-15.

USC Upstate Professor Bridget Kirkland Presents at Southeastern College Art Conference

October 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

The University of South Carolina is pleased to announce that Bridget Kirkland will present a paper entitled, “Whaddya Say Jim, Time and Memory in Slices,” during the 2014 Southeastern College Art Conference in Sarasota, Florida, October 8-11, 2014.

Kirkland’s paper will be presented during the themed session, “Reinventing Memory.”

Born in Philadelphia, Penn., Kirkland is a part-time professor of graphic design at USC Upstate and serves as a faculty design mentor for the STUDIO, a student-run design firm housed in the incubator at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics.

Kirkland also serves an adjunct professor at Converse College. She is a digital artist at Bridget Kirkland Design and serves as the art director for a college-themed app scheduled for release in summer 2015.