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November | Lectures

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Tea & Ethics

Interfaith Dialogue: The Story of Abraham

Thursday, Nov. 2, 4:30 p.m.

In a discussion designed to prompt constructive interfaith dialogue, this panel presents perspectives on Abraham, one of the most prominent figures in three of the world’s major organized religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The discussion explores Abraham’s place and role in each of these faith traditions.

Johnson Auditorium, Wall 116
Admission: Free and open to the public (no ticket required)

Department of Anthropology and Geography, 

Department of History
Cultural Heritage Visiting Scholars Series

Becoming Poverty Point World Heritage Site

Thursday, Nov. 2, 5:15 p.m.

Diana Greenlee, station archaeologist at Poverty Point World Heritage Site, introduces Poverty Point, discusses its cultural significance, and describes the challenges and rewards of becoming a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. The Poverty Point archaeological site in northeast Louisiana, occupied 1700 to 1100 BCE, is an important cultural resource that has been instrumental in challenging anthropology’s basic assumptions about foraging societies. The scope and design of the earthwork complex, the raw material acquisition network and the hunting-fishing-gathering subsistence economy of Poverty Point all testify to an exceptional cultural tradition.

Edwards Building, Room 248
Admission: Free and open to the public, no ticket required

Department of English


Creative Nonfiction Reading by Joe Oestreich

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m.

Oestreich, chair and professor in the CCU Department of English, reads from his critically acclaimed new book, Partisans. Oestreich’s essays have appeared in Esquire, Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Fourth Genre and The Normal School. He is the author of three creative nonfiction books: Partisans, Lines of Scrimmage (co-written with Scott Pleasant) and Hitless Wonder. Four of his essays have been cited in the Best American series, and he has received special mention twice in the Pushcart Prize anthology.

Johnson Auditorium, Wall 116
Admission: Free and open to the public (no ticket required)

CresCom Bank Center for Military & Veteran Studies

Salute to American Veterans

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.

In its 13th year, the Veterans Day tribute honors and recognizes veterans from all branches of service in the United States armed forces. Hosted by the CresCom Bank Center for Military & Veteran Studies, this event will include a color guard presentation, a performance of service branch anthems and the premiere of a documentary.

The center, directed by author and historian Rodney Gragg, has been partnered with CCU officially since 2014 and has a threefold mission: to collect and preserve the oral history of American veterans in partnerships with the Library of Congress and service branch archives; to promote outreach programs designed to encourage public recognition of the service and sacrifices of veterans; and to conduct research into American military history.

* Tickets are limited to four per request.

Wheelwright Auditorium
Admission: Free and open to the public (ticket required)

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies,

College of Science

Carl Sagan Day Lecture – Human Exploration of Mars: Why Mars? Why Humans?

Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

On the birthday of the late cosmologist, astronomer and public science advocate Carl Sagan (1934-1996), Coastal Carolina University celebrates with a lecture by NASA research scientist Joel S. Levine.

A longtime veteran of the space program, Levine discusses the latest discoveries about Mars, the prospects for a manned mission to Mars and the need to send humans to the Red Planet.

Wheelwright Auditorium
Admission: Free and open to the public
(ticket required)

Center for Global Engagement

International Poetry Slam

Thursday, Nov. 16, 4 p.m.

In celebration of International Week students recite and read their original works of poetry at an Internaional Poetry Slam. International Week is celebrated worldwide Nov. 13-17 as an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange. CCU participates in this joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education by holding a series of events on campus to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences. For a full list of International Week events, visit

Johnson Auditorium, Wall 116
Admission: Free and open to the public
(no ticket required)

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

Out of Africa

Saturday, Nov. 4
Coffee social: 9:30 a.m.; Lecture: 10 a.m. to noon

Carolyn Dillian, chair and associate professor of the Department of Anthropology and Geography, explores the passage of Homo sapiens out of Africa and how we became the only species to survive. After the evolution of Homo sapiens in Africa, we as a species quickly dispersed to populate every continent except Antarctica. However, some of these regions were already inhabited by other hominins, and new research suggests our interactions with them were much more complicated than previously thought. Dillian is an archaeologist who conducts research in East Africa and North America. Her focus is on the study of stone tools as a proxy to understand past human interaction and migration.

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

The Gullah Homecomings

Saturday, Nov. 11
Coffee social: 9:30 a.m.; Lecture: 10 a.m. to noon

Joseph Opala, American Gullah historian, discusses the “Gullah Homecomings” that he has organized for Gullah people to Sierra Leone since 1989. These were based on specific connections that Opala has identified between particular Gullah families and particular people and locations in Sierra Leone. These homecomings were all national events in Sierra Leone, have been subjects of documentary films and have gained global publicity. Opala is known for his research on the “Gullah Connection,” the long historical thread that links the West African nation of Sierra Leone to the Gullah people of coastal South Carolina and Georgia. Opala has conducted a great deal of historical, anthropological and linguistic research over the past 40 years and has used his discoveries to bring Sierra Leoneans and Gullahs together, reconnecting peoples whose family connections were destroyed by the Atlantic slave trade centuries ago.

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

African and Gullah Lecture Series

A lecture series sponsored by the Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University

Georgetown Education Center

Wednesdays from 2-3:30 p.m., with light refreshments afterward
Nov. 1: Sandy Island: A Civil Rights Landmark—Alli Crandell, Eric Crawford and CCU students
Sandy Island, just across the Waccamaw River from Brookgreen Gardens, has been only accessible by boat since its founding in 1880. Built by free African-Americans as a refuge from an emerging Jim Crow south, Sandy Island has built, governed and educated its own community for more than a century. This presentation will discuss Sandy Island’s rich heritage of political, religious and educational activism, and the National Park Service Civil Rights grant that will mark Sandy Island as a historical landmark.