Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses the Pat Conroy Literary Center and Banned Books Week with Jonathan Haupt. Jonathan is the Executive Director of the Center in Beaufort, South Carolina. He has been the Director of the University of South Carolina Press and has served on the board of Columbia’s One Book, One Community program. He currently serves on the board of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries, is a member of the affiliates committee of the American Writers Museum, and is also on the board of governors of the SC Academy of Authors, which is South Carolina’s literary hall of fame. In this episode, Jonathan reads an excerpt from Conroy's Letter to the Editor of the Charleston Gazette.
Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses Banned Books Week with Jay Bender. Mr. Bender is an attorney with the Baker, Ravenel & Bender law firm here in Columbia. He has represented the SC Broadcasters Association since 1995 and has built a national reputation as a lawyer for broadcasters – as well as being the state’s leading attorney for print media. In this episode, he references the case Edwards vs. South Carolina where South Carolina arrested one hundred eighty-seven peaceful segregation protestors for creating a “breach of the peace.” The Supreme Court overturned their conviction, holding that the only reason they had been arrested was the expression of an unpopular viewpoint—expression protected by the First Amendment.
Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses some "legendary locals" of the Upstate and Lowcountry of South Carolina with Sarah Pettus and Kerry Jeyschune. Sarah discusses Legendary Locals of Greenville by Cindy Landrum, which features Hattie Logan Duckett, Johnnie Mac Walters, and Edvard Tchivzhel. Kerry highlights Legendary Locals of Hilton Head by Barbara Muller, which features General Quincy Adams Gillmore, the Mauney Family, and Harriet Tubman.
Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses South Carolina's rich literary heritage with Aïda Rogers. Aïda is a writer and editor whose feature journalism has won national and regional awards. She has worked in newspapers, television, and magazines and has coauthored Stop Where the Parking Lot's Full, a guidebook to South Carolina's favorite restaurants, and she also edited three volumes of State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love published by the University of South Carolina Press. She has also worked closely with Writing South Carolina, which is a high school writing contest sponsored by the University of South Carolina Honors College.
Dr. Curtis Rogers interviews Dr. Carolyn Donelan about Richland School District One's Challenger Learning Center. Dr. Donelan has been a middle school science teacher, a high school science teacher, school administrator, and district administrator. She has been with Richland County School District One for twenty-one years and has been the Lead Flight Director of their Challenger Learning Center since 2011. To learn more, visit the Challenger Learning Center's website at thechallengercenter.net.