Sunday Forums

September 17

“Crafting a More Inclusive American Narrative at McLeod Plantation Historic Site”

Mark Madden, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission

Interpretation at this site focuses on the African American experience from 1851-1990. Mark and others work with Gullah community members, the National Museum of African American History & Culture, and other partners to connect to the community and present corrective narratives to visitors.

Mark is Interpretation Manager for Charleston County Parks and was the interpreter of record for the McLeod project. He has been a cultural and natural history interpreter for 30 years and helps to certify other interpreters nationally

September 24

“What Does Russia Want?”

Max Kovalov, Political Science Department/International Studies Program, College of Charleston

The Russian system of government is not democratic. Independent media are not tolerated, elections are rigged, and political opponents are jailed. How can we explain Putin’s personalistic and autocratic rule?

Max Kovalov is an adjunct professor of political science and international studies at the College of Charleston. He teaches courses on European comparative politics and international relations. His research focuses on political institutions, protest politics, and collective memory in post-Communist states.

October 1

“Hurricane Hugo: Was it only an ill wind?”

Rose-Marie Williams and the Archives Committee, Unitarian Church in Charleston

In September of 1989, our churchyard was devastated by Hugo.  Today it is considered to be a “must-see” for tourists in Charleston.  What is the story of its restoration?  Whom do we have to thank for its preservation?  The Archives Committee and the Eden Keepers will trace the 30-year history of its conservation and remind us of the incredible generosity of members of our congregation in preserving and enhancing our urban retreat.  Representatives of both the Eden Keepers and the Archives Committee will be available after the forum and during coffee hour to provide information on the work of their committees.

October 8

“The Ins and Outs of the Achievement Gap in Charleston.”

Downing Child, Unitarian Church in Charleston

Exploring often overlooked factors in our downtown Achievement Gap, in the context of research-based best practices. Downing Child is the Chair of the D20 Constituent School Board. She is an Orton-Gillingham Certified/ Fellow-in-Training reading specialist and is slowly pursuing her master’s in Education– Curriculum Studies with a focus on Dyslexia and Reading.

October 15

“I grieve to tell you that nothing now seems beautiful to me’: Caroline Howard Gilman’s Civil War Letters”

Amy McCandless (retired Professor of History and Dean of the Graduate School, College of Charleston)

In letters written to her daughters between 1861 and 1865, Caroline Gilman reveals her views on the outbreak of Civil War, the great fire of 1861, the siege of Charleston, life as a refugee in Greenville, the Union victory, and the end of slavery. Despite her Yankee roots, Gilman was a staunch supporter of the Confederacy and believed that racial and gender hierarchies were crucial to a stable society.

In addition to a long and distinguished career as a professor in the Department of History at the College of Charleston, and as dean of the Graduate School, Amy McCandless has held numerous leadership positions at the College and in graduate school associations culminating in her service as President of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.

October 22

“UU Authors and Their Books”

Joanna Innes, Tobias van Buren, Lisa Lindahl, Simon Lewis

Four UU-CHS authors will talk about their books.

Tobias van Buren’s most recent book is a collection of stories written over some twenty years, some from Tobias’s commercial fishing experience, some about family and relationships, all with an attempted religious dimension or message.  Tobias was in commercial fishing for 34 years– shrimping, crabbing, clam & oyster farming– before retiring to write and dabble at art and generally have fun. Before fisheries, he was a UU minster for 12 years, serving churches in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, and Beverly, Mass. He has two more books nearing completion.

Simon Lewis is a Professor of English at the College of Charleston with two academic monographs on anglophone African literature to his name, as well as three edited volumes of Atlantic World history.

The theme of Lisa Lindahl’s book “Beauty in Action” is “Cosmology: how practicing true beauty can change our world.”

Joanna Innes’ new children’s book has just came out. She also will have books available in her “gentle mysteries” series.

October 29

“A Long Road: U.S. Policy in the Middle East (and elsewhere)”

John Creed, Political Science Department, College of Charleston

During a time of upheaval in the Middle East and other global arenas (and with U.S. policy playing a significant part in these destabilizing dynamics), this program will explore the causes and outcomes of recent developments and take a “long view” on their consequences.

November 5

 “The ACLU in the Age of Trump” 

Shaundra Scott Young, ACLU South Carolina

November 12

John Macaulay, Author of Unitarianism in the Antebellum South 

John Newell, Member and Chair of Bicentennial Committee