SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will host a Symposium Series on Race and Justice. The first event — Voting: a right and a responsibility — will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 (National Voter Registration Day) via Zoom. [Register here].

The symposium series, sponsored by the Office of the President and the Tyson Family Lecture Series, includes three events that will consider, within the context of the liberal arts, historical and ongoing issues of race and justice in the world and at Wofford College. This collective experience will feature readings, scholarly discussion and opportunities for the greater Wofford community to reflect on race and justice.

The first event will feature speakers and scholars in discussions ranging from suffrage and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to the restoration of voting rights and reengagement in political systems. Panelists during the event include:

  • Dr. David Alvis, Wofford College associate professor of government and international affairs.
  • Mitchell D. Brown, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Ottinger Foundation, Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
  • Karen Mitchell, president of the League of Women Voters, Spartanburg.
  • Student panelists from the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, College Democrats and College Republicans.

Pre-event recommendation: Read or listen to Rep. John Lewis’ Posthumous Op Ed from The New York Times.

Listen to Morgan Freeman reading the John Lewis op ed.

Read “Together You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation,” by John Lewis as published in The Times.

Visit to learn more about voting initiatives at Wofford.