Converse Interfaith Studies program

Dr. Sherry Fohr had her article “Spontaneous Interfaith Support: Using Social Media” published in The Interfaith Observer. Read the full article here. Learn More! Dr. Sherry Fohr Interfaith Studies at Converse

Dr. Melissa Walker, George Dean Johnson, Jr. Professor of History Emerita, was a guest on Walter Edgar’s Journal, a radio program exploring the arts, culture, history of South Carolina and the American South. Dr. Walker talks about the struggling economy, the crippling drought and the devastating boll weevil on the December 30, 2019 podcast titled,…
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Dr. Mirko Hall delivered a paper on the history of punkademia in German Studies at the annual conference of the German Studies Association in Portland, Oregon. He also provided the response to a panel on the political aesthetics of German punk in a global perspective. Dr. Hall and Professor Margaret Moore led a delegation of…
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Professor of Piano Doug Weeks

Dr. Doug Weeks performed the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Beethoven Choral Fantasy with the Converse Symphony and Festival Chorus conducted by Professor Keith Jones. Dr. Weeks also adjudicated the South Carolina Music Teachers Association Young Artist Piano Competition at Newberry College. He also gave a lecture on Beethoven…
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Converse Tower

Converse’s Creativity, Community, and Cultural Enrichment Grants celebrate the creative solutions that result from thinking in new ways and across disciplines, backgrounds and cultures. The grants range from $500 to $5,000 each and are awarded to members of the Converse community who develop ways to stretch the boundaries of what we know, who search for…
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Photo of book cover for ', Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions'

Professor Sheila O’Connor announced that her newest novel, Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions, was listed as one of the Best Fiction Books of 2019 by Entropy Magazine. Professor O’Connor has some impressive company on this ‘best of’ list, including Margaret Atwood, Chia-Chia Lin and Jacqueline Woodson. Learn More! Low-residency MFA…
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Audrey Hamilton ’20, Victoria Heyworth ’20 and Abigail Rutherford ’20 (Nisbet Honors) attended the annual conference of the American Music Therapy Association in Minneapolis. They had the opportunity to meet folk singer and violinist Gaelynn Lea, winner of the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. The students attended various conference sessions, music-making gatherings and association business meetings….
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Professor Goldhour's students present their remodel designs

Assistant Professor of Interior Design Meirav Goldhour worked with students to complete a design project for a Jewish Community Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Chabad Rabbi Kesselman purchased an old BBT bank in Greenville to serve as a multi-purpose space for Jewish community events. Professor Goldhour saw a learning opportunity for her upcoming fall class…
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Professor Andrew Blanchard was recently spotlighted on Aint-Bad, a well known high-end, independent publisher of contemporary photography, web features, printed periodicals, monographs, and exhibitions. Professor Blanchard said, “As a printmaker that works painterly, in conjunction with digital documentation, this acknowledgment is quite noteworthy, as my work exits outside of the usual academic photo world. It’s…
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Dr. Anita Rose’s English class visited the archives at the University of North Carolina in Asheville to learn about the history of tourism in the southern Appalachians, specifically, Western North Carolina. The class, titled ‘Slow Violence: Eco-critical readings of Appalachian Literature,’ explores the ways that literature can influence thinking and action about the environment. The…
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