Grounded in the principles of the Carolinian Creed, my hope is that we can use USC’s ethos of civil discourse to have robust conversations
about the current debate about Black History.
In the 90s, I created and taught a course on Multicultural Education, EDTE 779. In
2012, I updated the course into online format in 2012 and the content is ever-evolving
(thankfully). EDTE 779 is now called Equity Pedagogies in Teacher Education. An important strategy used in the course then and now is multiple perspectives.
‘Back in the day’ (lol), I used a text which featured opposing viewpoints on educational
issues. The idea of multiple perspectives is to put two different viewpoints in conversation
with each other. For example, instead of questioning if which project (1619 or 1776)
should be included in K-20 schooling, both can be presented in a manner that supports
critically conscious discussions. I think you get the point. Freedom cannot be limited
to one perspective.
The students of the Apple Core Initiative attended the 6th annual CEEAAS conference
in Columbia, S.C. During the conference, students attended professional development
sessions and had a special question and answer session with New York Times Best Selling
Author Tiffany Jewell.
Happy Black History month, Happy Groundhog Day, and Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!
Please continue to send future submissions to my email firstname.lastname@example.org by the third Friday of each month.
February 1 – National Freedom Day
February 11 – International Day of Women & Girls in Science
February 13 – International Epilepsy Day
February 15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
February 18 – Maha Shivarati (Hindu)
February 20 – World Day of Social Justice
CarolinaCrED at SCABSE
On behalf of CarolinaCrED, Cindy Van Buren, Ph.D. and Deanna Taylor, Ph.D. presented
at the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators (SCABSE) conference in North
Charleston in January. The presentation provided an opportunity to share with SC
teachers and education stakeholders about the micro-credentials and platform the COE
has developed for our state. Participants were able to experience one micro-credential
from the Classroom Bias stack called Understanding Name Bias. A micro-credential recognizes
a discrete skill of an educator that is related to his/her practice, based on evidence
that demonstrates competency of that specific skill. These digital credentials allow
educators to demonstrate their expertise in very specific areas (thanks to the College
of Education for advancing this work) and can even be accumulated for certificate
renewal credits (thanks to the South Carolina Department of Education for their forward-thinking.) We
continue to build partnerships throughout South Carolina, bringing personalized professional
learning to SC leaders and learners through micro-credentials and other innovations.
Visit CarolinaCrED.org for more information.
Join us for Centering Diaspora Symposium: Asian Diaspora Literacy
Join us for a symposia focusing on Asian Diaspora Literacy featuring our own Christina
Yao and Yang Wang. This event is part of efforts to engage faculty, staff, and students
in deepening awareness and understandings of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Solomon-Tenenbaum Lecture: “It Could Happen Here: Why America Is Tipping from Hate
to the Unthinkable―And How We Can Stop It” Thursday, Feb. 16, 7PM
We are excited that Solomon-Tenenbaum lectureship will feature Jonathan Greenblatt,
CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. You are invited to join us for two captivating
conversations featuring Jonathan Greenblatt on Thursday February 16.
Greenblatt in conversation with Dean Joel H. Samuels, College of Arts and Sciences
7 p.m. | Karen J. Williams Courtroom, School of Law 1525 Senate Street, Columbia,
SC Reception and book signing to follow.
Solomon-Tenenbaum Lecture: "What should we do about anti-Semitism?" 2 p.m.
"What should we do about anti-Semitism?” 2 p.m. | The Big Apple | 1000 Hampton Street,
Jewish Studies Brunch Series
Jewish Studies is also continuing the Sunday brunch lecture series and we invite everyone
to join us from 11:00-1:00 for intellectual engagement and brunch (kosher options
available). Doyle Stevick has graciously offered the Anne Frank Center seminar room
for three Sundays. Please save the following dates:
February 26: John Mandsager, Ph.D. - Agricultural Space, Visuality, and Performance in Early Rabbinic
March 26th: Katherine Chaddock, Ph.D. - Heritage and Coincidence in Jewish Involvement During
the Struggle for U.S. Racial Equality: The Example of Joel and Arthur Spingarn.
Campus Visit: Jewish Studies has received a very generous donation from the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik
Foundation in Charleston to host a Yaschik Foundation Fellow at the University of
South Carolina for one week. Wendy Lower, Ph.D. will visit campus on March 13-17.
Join us for The Sounds of Blackness: A Musical Interpretation of the Exhibit, “Revolutionary
Love and Black Joy"
Join us as we close the exhibit, "Revolutionary Love and Black Joy in Schools, Universities,
& Communities" with a musical interpretation of the memories, perspectives, thoughts
and feelings captured in the exhibit. Acclaimed artist, Dante Lewis will musically
guide us through an artistic interpretation of this educational exploration of Black
Joy. Light refreshments will be provided.
Event is free and open to the public, but you must register.