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College of Arts and Sciences

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.

Caskey Lecture

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.

Hall Lectureship

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.

Recognition of Excellence Dinner

The annual Recognition of Excellence Dinner recognizes distinguished alumni and friends of the College of Arts and Sciences who have demonstrated outstanding achievement or service to the College of Arts and Sciences, to their profession, or to society. The dinner is held each spring in one of Columbia’s premier venues, Riverbanks Zoo Ndoki Lodge. Recipients join an esteemed group of honorees who are leaders in industry, the arts, nonprofits and government. Five awards are presented:

The Distinguished Alumnus Award and Distinguished Young Alumnus Award are presented to alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in one or more areas: science, academia, government, nonprofit organizations, outstanding contributions to society, or outstanding service to the College or University. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to either an alumnus or non-alumnus for outstanding service to the College of Arts and Sciences or outstanding contributions to society. The Dean’s Award is a special recognition by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the College of Arts and Sciences. Finally, the Institutional Support Award is presented to an organization that has demonstrated outstanding service or support to the College of Arts and Sciences.

Annual Alumni and Friends Weekend at the Coast

Weekend at the Coast is a unique educational opportunity at one of the University of South Carolina’s jewels – the Baruch Institute at the 17,500-acre Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown, South Carolina. With its rich historical, archeological and ecological treasures, Hobcaw offers participants plenty of opportunity for educational exploration with College of Arts and Sciences faculty experts from science, history and the arts, with time left over to take in breathtaking scenery and enjoy delightful coastal cuisine.

Hobcaw Barony offers an exciting venue for the College of Arts and Sciences’ most popular event. Hobcaw property was purchased in 1905-1907 by native South Carolinian and Wall Street financier Bernard Baruch as his winter residence. His 1930 mansion played host to notable leaders in business, media and government, including Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt. His daughter, Belle, later purchased the property over a period of years and at her death, a foundation was created to preserve the land for the state’s colleges/universities for “purposes of teaching and/or research in forestry, marine biology, and the care and propagation of wildlife, flora, and fauna.”

In this beautiful Lowcountry setting, alumni have the opportunity to see old friends, learn from faculty experts and relax in the pristine natural environment.


For more information on these events, please visit the College of Arts and Sciences Events Calendar.