SCC Announces 2017-2018 Lyceum Lecture Series

Article by: Cheri Anderson-Hucks | SCC
Spartanburg Community College announces the 2017-2018 Lyceum Lecture Series featuring SCC professors presenting an array of topics including SCC's hybridization efforts of the Magnolia species that's giving the world new magnolias; the power of promoting yourself on social media; sexual ambiguity in Shakespeare's works; and linking reality and fiction in memoir and novel writing. These events are free and open to the public.

In the tradition of the antebellum era lyceum movement, which allowed for the early dissemination of adult education primarily through lecture, performance, debate, and discussion, the SCC Lyceum Lecture Series connects the historical relevance of the lyceum movement to the continuation of lifelong learning in the present day.

"The SCC Lyceum Lecture Series is an opportunity for both full-time and adjunct faculty to give public lectures sharing their knowledge and expertise of a variety of subjects. The lectures encourage life-long learning of topics one may previously never have been exposed to in a class before," explains Emily Grigg, SCC humanities academic director and series chair. "This year's series will also feature a 'Munch and Meet' where attendees will have a chance to enjoy a snack and meet the presenters following the lecture."

The following lectures will be held in the Tracey Gaines Auditorium on SCC's Giles campus in Spartanburg from 3:30-4:30 pm:

October - Interspecific Magnolia Hybridization: These Ain't Your Mamas Magnolias
Presenter: Kevin Parris
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Description: Magnolia species occur naturally in North America, Asia, and South America but are adaptable to other temperate and tropical regions. This lecture will outline the rich history of magnolia breeding and highlight recent hybridization efforts taking place at SCC that are giving the world new magnolias.

November - Personal Branding: The Power of Promoting Yourself on Social Media
Presenter: DeLisa Dawkins
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Description: Social media has now become a standard platform for personal promotion. These online outlets can contribute to a person becoming highly successful OR can haunt an individual for an eternity. This lecture explores the arena of self-promotion through the veins of social media discussing cases in which this approach is seen in both a positive and negative view. The presentation will also discuss recommendations and how to improve one's presence online.

January - Sexual Ambiguity in Shakespeare's Works
Presenter: Marshall Evans
Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Description: In The Merchant of Venice and other plays and sonnets, William Shakespeare pushes the envelope of gender identity. The plays at the Globe Theatre featured boy actors dressed up as girls dressed up as boys. This lecture will open the eyes of attendees to view the sexual exploration Shakespeare put on the pages right in front of us.

February - Linking Reality and Fiction: A Focus on Memoir & Novel Writing
Presenters: Tanya Newman & Allison Suber
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Description: Using the knowledge of two published authors, this lecture links the ideas of the writing process for both memoirs and novels. The presenters will focus on the journey of writing a memoir and a novel giving specific ideas on research, development, editing, and publication. Both authors will present brief readings from their original works.

For more information about SCC's Lyceum Speakers Series, please contact Emily Grigg, SCC's humanities academic director, at (864) 592-4297. To For directions or a map of SCC's Giles campus, visit

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