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The Santee Cooper Lecture Series

Wofford College and Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned utility, have formed a partnership to create a lecture series on sustainability and energy issues. Speakers spend time on Wofford’s downtown campus and at the college’s Goodall Center for Environmental Studies on the Lawson’s Fork Creek in Glendale, S.C.

The Santee Cooper Lecture Series on Sustainability and Energy Issues brings speakers from around the world, giving them a platform to discuss timely and pressing environmental issues with Wofford faculty and students, as well as students from the Spartanburg County public school systems and interested citizens.

The 2009-2010 Series  

  • 09/10/09- Christine Ervin, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council  
  • 11/12/09- John Doggett, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management and Sustainability, University of Texas-Austin  
  • 02/09/10- Barry Lopez, Author and Texas Tech University's first Visiting Distinguished Scholar
  • 03/16/10 - 03/17/10- "The Dam Symposium: Small-Scale Dams and Hydro From Three Perspectives"; John Seebach, Ginger Strand, Dr. Dave Hargett

For more information about the 2009-2010 Santee Cooper Lecture Series please read the press release in Wofford's Newsroom.

The 2010-2011 Series  

  •  09/27/10 - David Gessner, award-winning author, spoke about his blog "Into the Gulf", chronicling the Deepwater Horizons oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. 
  • 10/28/10 - Will Wynn,  former two-time "green" mayor of Austin, TX, spoke on the topic of "Sustainability in Cities"  
  • 02/15/11 - "Energy Futures: a panel discussion", featuring energy industry executives, journalists, and academics.
    • Our Santee Cooper Lecture Series speaker, Richard Heinberg, was featured in a Spartanburg Herald Journal article on February 16, 2011.  Read it here.

 The 2011-2012 Series 

  • 11/30/11 - Rick Bass, an American writer and environmental activist, read from his books, Oil Notes and Heart of the Monster.  Please read the press release in Wofford's Newsroom.
  •  2/8/12 - Jack Byrne, Director of the Sustainability Integration Office at Middlebury College and Allyn Steele, Wofford's former Director of Community Sustainability, were on campus to discuss the current state of sustainability and higher education.  Please read the press release in Wofford's Newsroom.
  • 4/24/12 - Tim Palmer, photographer and award-winning author of more than 20 books on rivers, conservation, and the environment, spoke on "Sustainability & Rivers." Please read the press release in Wofford's Newsroom.

The 2012-2013 Series 

  •  10/23/12 - Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, author of Between God & Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change, spoke to students on the subject of evangelicals and the environment. Wilkinson is a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where she specializes in organizational culture and behavior change.  This event was co-sponsored by the Santee Cooper Lecture Series and South Carolina Interfaith Power and Light.  Please read the press release in Wofford's Newsroom.

  The 2013-2014 Series
  •  11/19/13 - Mary Berry, Executive Director of The Berry Center, New Castle, Kentucky.  Topic: "The Berry Center: Ideas on Sustainable Agriculture"
  • Please read the press release in Wofford's Newsroom.  Also see our departmental newsletter for a write-up of her visit.


  For more information about the upcoming Santee Cooper Lecture Series please contact Chris Overcarsh in the office of the Environmental Studies program at Wofford College.  864-597-4967 or overcarshcb@wofford.edu.