Critical Conversations at the College of Charleston

In recent years, our national climate has brought us to a reckoning moment in history, where we are talking deeper about racism, inclusion, and equity. For many, dealing with the effects of systemic racism are a part of everyday life. It is essential that we have honest and productive conversations about race, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the impact not only on individuals, but our institution. " Critical Conversations" grapple specifically with these topics, as well as the impacts of COVID-19, the elections, and the U.S. borders. Our topics will evolve with today's realities, and we urge you to help us select future conversations. 

Featured Conversations & Events

(see calendar below for a listing of ALL events) 

Learning from C of C’s Past: Update from Committee on Commemoration and Landscapes

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The Committee on Commemoration and Landscapes (CCL) includes over 30 faculty, staff, and students from across C of C. After two semesters of research, the CCL will soon install new interpretive signage on our campus. Join us to learn about the committee’s plans and the ongoing research by students, faculty, and staff. 20-minute presentation followed by 20 minutes of Q & A. We welcome your questions and ideas!

Wednesday April 20, 4:30-5:15 PM


College of Charleston International Piano Series: "Dreams of a New Day: Songs by Black Composers."

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 7:30pm at Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street

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CofC employees & students can reserve FREE tickets thru box office:, 843.953.4726 or in person at Sottile Theatre.

Globally recognized operatic baritone Will Liverman, and acclaimed pianist and CofC music professor Paul Sánchez, will perform for the College of Charleston School of the Arts’ International Piano Series. The program features the Charleston debut of the musicians’ highly praised album “Dreams of a New Day: Songs by Black Composers." Currently nominated for a Grammy Award, the album highlights Black composers across generations and was BBC Music Magazine’s “Album of the Month," reached #1 on Billboard’s “Traditional Classical Albums” chart and has been featured in print by The New York Times and the Washington Post, and on-air by NPR, and others.The concert includes a talk with some of the album’s artists, including poet laureate of Charleston, Marcus Amaker, who wrote the text to the second movement of composer Shawn Okpebholo’s “Two Black Churches,” a song in two movements that reflects on tragic events perpetrated by white supremacists: the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. (1963) that killed four girls; and the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, S.C. (2015), that killed nine parishioners.


The Kronsberg Lecture: A Conversation with Ilana Kaufman

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 7:30pm

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Ilana Kaufman is the executive director of the Jews of Color Initiative, an organization working to build a truly multiracial, anti-racist Jewish community in which Jews of Color can experience joy and reach their full potential and belonging as leaders and community members. Her work sits at the center of Jewish community, racial equity, and justice. It is anchored by the voices and experience of Jews of Color and is focused on grantmaking and community education.



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