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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.
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 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.
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  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.
 
The 2014-2015 Series
  • 10/30/14 - Terry Gifford - Topic: "Sustainability and the Post-Pastoral"
  • Often the issue of sustainability is approached as dry field of numbers, charts and graphs. Join British poet and eco-scholar Terry Gifford to explore the idea and practice of sustainability in a different context, that of literary ideas, specifically the pastoral and post-pastoral, terms we don’t usually associate with net-zero metering, carbon offsets, and 350 parts per million.
  • A visiting scholar at the Centre for Writing and Environment at Bath Spa University since Jan 2011, Gifford retired from the University of Leeds in 2004 as Reader in Literature and Environment and Director of Research in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries where he taught Creative Writing. For twenty-one years, until 2008, he was Founding Director of the annual International Festival of Mountaineering Literature. He is also currently Profesor Honorifico at the Universidad de Alicante, Spain, where he co-supervises PhD students in ecocriticism and conducts research with staff in English. Author of seven collections of poetry, several books of ecocriticism, a collection of climbing journalism, he also edited the complete works of John Muir in two volumes, and has written or edited four books on Ted Hughes. 
  • Please read the press release in Wofford's Newsroom.  Also see our departmental newsletter for a write-up of his 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.