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The Humanities Collaborative fosters a thriving community on campus. Please see our current list of events and check back for future announcements!

Calendar at a Glance

Upcoming events

  • December 8 - Swimming Back to Trout River: A Conversation with Novelist Linda Rui Feng. Richland Library Main Brance Auditorium, 6pm. Sponsored by The Center of Asian Studies in the Walker Institute at USC, The Humanities Collaborative, and The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Previous events

  • December 1 - Matt Simmons and Mark Smith, sponsored by the DH Research Group, Humanities Collaborative, Hollings Library, SCPC Seminar Room, 3:00 p.m. Southern History Archives Research and Education (SHARE). 
  • November 10 - Southern Guage Series presents: Jason Livingston An evening of 16mm film projection, videos, and in process slide projections.  214 McMaster, 7:30pm. More information on Instagram: @Southerngauge
  • November 10 - Adam Schor, sponsored by the DH Research Group, Humanities Collaborative, Hollings Library, SCPC Seminar Room, 11:40 p.m.
  • November 7 - Jason Mott (co-sponsored with Southern Studies)

Upcoming events

  • March 16 - Darrel Moellendorf, Frankfurt
  • March 23 - Tressie Macmillan Cottom (co-sponsored with Af-Am Studies)
  • April - Marion Turner, Oxford
Expanding the list above will highlight our future schedule of events and provide a downloadable flyer or additional information as available. Detailed descriptions of lectures, book talks, and visitors are also listed in the Event Details below. For our DH talks, more info is available on our Digital Humanities page.


Event Details

Flyer for the event

Swimming Back to Trout River: A Conversation with Novelist Linda Rui Feng

Tuesday, December 8


Richland Library Main Branch Auditorium 

Please join us for a conversation with Linda Rui Feng about her highly acclaimed novel, Swimming Back to Trout River, which Garth Greenwell calls “one of the most beautiful debuts I have read in years.”

“With the lightest of touches, Feng vividly portrays the experience of living in China during Mao’s rule as well as the pressures of being a new immigrant. Looking deeply into the ‘invisible mesh’ that links her characters’ lives, Feng weaves a plot both surprising and inevitable, with not a word to spare.”

—Booklist (Starred Review)

Linda Rui Feng is a cultural historian at the University of Toronto, where her research takes her to books from the ninth century, maps of the early modern era, and more recently, the history of scent and aromatics. She is the author of the novel Swimming Back to Trout River, which was a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and was longlisted for the Giller Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. 

Sponsored by The Center for Asian Studies in the Walker Institute at USC, The Humanities Collaborative, and The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.


Past Lectures, Events, and Book Talks

  • Flyer for Livingston event; a broken down garbarge truck with event info

    Southern Gauge presents: Landfill Backfill Rom-compost, or, There's no "I" in (s)T(r)EAM, but there is a "We" in Post-Consumer Waste with Jason Livingston

    November 10th, 2022 7:30pm 214 McMaster, University of South Carolina An evening of 16mm films, videos, and in-process slide projections. More information on Instagram: @Southerngauge

  • Flyer for Jason Mott discussion featuring image of Mott on left

    Neuffer Lecture in Southern Literature with Jason Mott

    November 7th, 2022 7:00pm Lunpkin Auditorium - Close Hipp 8th Floor The Neuffer Lecture series begins with award-winning author Jason Mott.  Mott is the author of two poetry collections and four novels. His debut novel was the basis for ABC's show Resurrection. His most recent novel, Hell of a Book, won the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction.  A book signing & reception will follow the lecture.  Sponsored by:The Institute for Southern Studies  Co-Sponsored by:Department of EnglishDepartment of African American Studies Humanities Collaborative 

  • Flyer with information related to event

    Life is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revoltion  

    Tuesday, November 1, 6:00pm  Allen University, Chappelle Auditorium. Woody Holton and Bakari Sellers, CNN will discuss Prof. Holton’s recently published book, Liberty is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution. Described as “a bracing retelling” and a “must read for understanding on the founding of our nation,” the book shows how the Founders were influenced by overlooked Americans – women, Native Americans, African Americans, and religious dissenters.  Woody Holton, McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, is a leading scholar of the American Revolution and early American history. His publications include Abigail Adams, which won the Bancroft Prize in American history, Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, and Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia. Bakari Sellers is an attorney, a CNN political analyst, former South Carolina representative, and an author. His books include My Vanishing Country: A Memoir and Who Are Your People?   Books will be for sale; a signing will follow the program.  

  • Boubacar Ndiaye performing live

    Student Workshop with Boubacar Ndiaye  

    Students have the opportunity to learn hands-on with visiting storyteller and musician Boubacar Ndiaye in a workshop on West African music and spoken word on Tuesday, October 25, 2-4pm, in Russell House 322. In French. Space is limited; please register to participate.

  • Image of "Voyage san visa" being performed live.

    Performance of "Voyage sans visa" with Boubacar Ndiaye, Baye Cheikh Mbaye, and Pape Ndiaye Paamath   

    Senegalese griot Boubacar Ndiaye and musicians Baye Cheikh Mbaye and Pape Ndiaye Paamath are coming to the CMA Theater on Tuesday, October 25, 7-8:30pm. Their musical performance, “Voyage sans visa,” explores stories of migration through song and spoken word. Show followed by discussion with the artists. Watch a preview to get a taste of the artists’ remarkable work. In French and Wolof with English translation. Free and open to the public.

  • Flyer for event

    In)Visibility: The Aesthetic Dimensions of Perception - A UofSC Humanities Collaborative Workshop  

    Hands-on projects allow participants to investigate ideas about perception and (in)visibility by creating cyanotypes, drawings in two and three dimensions, and clay sculptures.

  • Flyer of Prasenjit Duara event with headshot on upper left

    Prasenjit Duara  

    "Oceans, Gardens, and Jungles: Worldviews and the Planet"  

  • Headshot of Mia Bay

    Mia Bay

    "Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance"

  • Image of Robert Kennedy shaking hands

    Judge Richard Gergel and Patricia Sullivan   

    "Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy's America in Black and White" A conversation with author Patricia Sullivan & U.S. District Court judge Richard Gergel

  • The Teaching Archive book cover

    Rachel Sagner Buurma and Laura Heffernan  

    A conversation with Rachel Sagner Buurma and Laura Heffernan, who will be discussing their recent book The Teaching Archive: A New History for Literary Study.

  • portrait of Thavolia Glymph

    Thavolia Glymph

    "The Inaugural Conversation: Race, Gender and the Civil War Era"    

  • portrait of Phil Klay

    Phil Klay

    "Literature in a Time of Crisis"  

  • Portrait of Imani Perry

    Imani Perry

    South to America  

  • portrait of Briallen Hopper

    Briallen Hopper

    Book Talk: Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions   

  • 2022 Carolinas Conflict Consortium


  • Justice Deferred book cover

    Justice Deferred Book Discussion

    Barbara Phillips interviews Armand Derfner and Dr. Vernon Burton 

  • Roger Beebe film performance


  • Book Cover for Extracting Accountability

    A Talk by Jessica Smith


  • Portrait of Gregg Hecimovich

    Gregg Hecimovich on the Zealy daguerreotypes



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