In This Section

December | Lectures

Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Arts and Healing

The Transformative Power of Story

Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.

In this lecture and workshop, Jessica Lee Richardson, assistant professor of English, asks participants to probe the charged spaces in their own lives and explore their connections through imaginative writing exercises.

Richardson’s story collection, It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides (2015), won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and was longlisted for a PEN American Center Award. Richardson is currently working on a novel about emotional contagion and weather.

Myrtle Beach Education Center Theater, 79th Avenue North
Admission: Free and open to the public
(no ticket required)

Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts 

and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Arts and Healing

Empathy through Theater

Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.

Drawing from Patch Adams and others in health care settings as a method for celebrating the personhood of all individuals, regardless of physical or cognitive ability, Benjamin Sota, CCU assistant professor of physical theatre, gives a talk about his philosophy of healing in the arts. Sota discusses the commonality of his healing performances in the United States, Afghanistan, Jordan, Ethiopia and, most recently, Guatemala, and how these performances bring a lightness and joy in centers where sadness, trauma and boredom often reside. 

Myrtle Beach Education Center Theater,
79th Avenue North
Admission: Free and open to the public
(no ticket required)
 

Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Arts and Healing

Better Living through Music Therapy

Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.

Jennifer Gossett, board-certified music therapist, gives a talk about how music therapy can be an effective form of treatment that improves functioning and quality of life for people suffering from conditions including dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and complications from stroke or other brain injuries. Gossett gives demonstrations of the benefits music therapy can have throughout our lifespans, but especially as we age.

Gossett owns a private practice in the Charleston area, Noteworthy Music Therapy, where she works exclusively with special-needs children with an emphasis on the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities.

Myrtle Beach Education Center Theater,
79th Avenue North
Admission: Free and open to the public
(no ticket required)