Signature Public Events
We invite the community to participate in all signature events in the College of Arts and Sciences. These distinctive offerings demonstrate the breadth and depth of our scholarship, and are educational, celebratory, and fun.
The Caskey Lecture was established in 2004 by C. Thomas Caskey (1956 chemistry), M.D. and chief executive officer and president of Cogene Biotech Ventures, to provide a public forum to address issues on the 21st century impact of biotechnology on medicine. Held each year in the fall, the series brings to campus leading scientists who are on the cutting-edge of biotechnological discoveries with profound implications for medical diagnoses, treatments and cures.
The Nadine Beacham and Charlton F. Hall Sr. Visiting Lectureship in New Testament and Early Christianity was established by Columbia businessman Charlton F. Hall, Jr., owner of Charlton Hall Galleries, in memory of his parents. Held each year the week before Palm Sunday, the Hall Lectureship brings distinguished theologians and religious scholars to campus for the event which is free and open to the public.
In creating the lectureship, Mr. Hall said, “By bringing to the University community a well-known religious leader or scholar, it is my hope to enhance the moral and spiritual well-being of the individual and promote peace and goodwill among all men.”
Solomon Tenenbaum Lectureship in Jewish Studies
Through the generosity of benefactors the late Melvin and Judith Solomon of Charleston, and Samuel and Inez Tenenbaum of Columbia, a Jewish Studies endowment has been created to sponsor an annual lectureship, enhance the University library collection, and establish a Chair of Jewish Studies.
The Solomon Tenenbaum Lectureship honors the memory of Samuel’s parents, Meyer Warren Tenenbaum and LaBelle Florence Tenenbaum. Samuel was encouraged toward inquiry and intellectual pursuits by his father, who often led thoughtful debates at the dinner table. Those interests were part of the motivation for the retired steel executive and his wife, head of the United States consumer Product Safety Commission and former South Carolina Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum, to launch the Jewish Studies lectureship in 1990.
Among the high-profile figures who have visited campus through the series are Nobel Laureate Elie Weisel and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.
Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture
Joseph Cardinal Bernardin was a Columbia, S.C., native, former student of the University and distinguished leader in the Roman Catholic Church. In his work as priest, archbishop of Chicago, author, and public servant, he addressed the most profound social and ethical issues of our times.
The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture was established in 1999 in his honor, bringing outstanding religious leaders and scholars to campus for the annual community event held in the fall. In addition, the Department of Religious Studies is working toward establishing the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Chair in Ethical, Moral, and Religious Studies.