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CCU presents 'I'm Glad You Asked' community dialogue

January 16, 2008

Join members of Coastal Carolina University's faculty for the community dialogue series "I'm Glad You Asked," an exploration of stimulating topics ranging from the ethics of aging to understanding the minds of animals. The sessions will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in February and March; they are free and open to the public.

All sessions will be held at Coastal's Waccamaw Higher Education Center in Litchfield at 160 Willbrook Blvd. behind the Hampton Inn.

"I'm Glad You Asked" is the sixth community forum series sponsored by the Board of Visitors of Coastal's Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. These community dialogues are designed to involve area citizens and Coastal faculty members in discussions about significant issues. For more information call 349-2421.

"The Socioeconomics of Color Psychology"

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Why do specific colors make some people uncomfortable? Visual arts associate professor Steven Bleicher will discuss various aspects of color psychology - how and why we make color choices. He will describe the hidden meanings and underlying messages of different colors and explain why color preference is linked to social and economic status.

"Masks of the Sacred: Religious Diversity in the Low Country"

Wednesday, Feb. 13

How did religions with origins in ancient Persia and India take root in Horry and Georgetown counties? Preston McKever-Floyd, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, will explore the pivotal beliefs and organizational structure of the Meher Baba Spiritual Center in Myrtle Beach and South Carolina's fast-growing Baha'i faith community.

"Understanding Animal Minds"

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Do animals feel anguish? Do they love? Can they reason, plan or deceive? Can they form abstract concepts and apply them appropriately? Robert Bass, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, will discuss some of the remarkable things that have been discovered through close observation of animals.

"An Evening of Chamber Music"

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Enjoy an evening of chamber music for flute, guitar and voice. Three Coastal music professors - Patti Edwards, Dan Hull, Amy Tully - will perform works by Dominic Argento, Henry Cowell, Jacques Ibert, Johann Sebastian Bach and Astor Piazolla, as well as the famous "Bachianas Brasilieras" by Heitor Villa Lobos. They will present historical and musical information relevant to each piece.

"Aging Well or Just Growing Old?: The Ethics of Aging"

Wednesday, March 5

How does aging affect one's philosophy of life? As time passes, we change, our lives change, our relationships change and we are faced with new ethical questions. Julinna Oxley, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, will lead a discussion of issues that arise as we grow older, including familial responsibilities, rights of the elderly and social issues such as healthcare.

"Ashes2Art: Digital Reconstruction of Ancient Delphi, Greece"

March 12

Arne Flaten, assistant professor of visual arts, and Paul Olsen, professor and chair of CCU's visual arts department, describe how their nationally-acclaimed "Ashes2Art" program enables students to combine digital technology, art history, archaeology, Web design, panoramic photography and data retrieval tools to build digital interactive models of ancient monuments at Delphi, Epidauros, Olympia, Nemea, Corinth and Athens.

"Bullets and Ballots: The Impact of Wars on U.S. Presidential Elections"

March 19

Do wars determine the outcome of elections? John Navin, associate history professor and associate dean, will offer new perspectives on the current contest for the White House by describing the impact of armed conflicts on political careers and campaigns in the U.S., with particular focus on wartime presidential elections.

"Scarlet Letters: Julia Peterkin's Low Country"

March 26

Julia Mood Peterkin's 1928 novel, "Scarlet Sister Mary," formally introduced Gullah people to the Broadway stage and to the world. Winner of that year's Pulitzer Prize in literature, Peterkin sent an important message. Veronica Gerald, assistant professor of English, will discuss the novel's characters, stereotypes and archetypes that persist in the interpretation of Gullah people.