Upcoming Presentations/Outings

We are excited to return to in-person programming but are happy to be able to accommodate those who may not be able to come to the building. Each program/seminar, where appropriate, will have an in-person option as well as a link to join the session via Zoom!  We are dedicated to providing our faculty the engaging content and information that we always provide but are happy to provide multiple formats in which to engage! If you would like assistance with Zoom please contact at Jill Hammond at or 864-656-3990.  You also may click HERE for easy instructions for joining a Zoom presentation.

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Upcoming Presentations/Outings




  • Oct 2, 2022, (Sunday) Kayaking trip – meet at 10:00am at Y Beach. Kyle and Lani Anderson–See the EC newsletter for details about the trip.
  • October 4, 2022 (Tuesday) 11:30pm – 1:30pm, Emeritus College Fall Business Meeting and Picnic, Palmetto Event Center, Pendleton, SC.  Please RSVP to
  • October 5, 2022 (Wednesday) 10:00-11:30am, Hybrid, Stephanie M. Madison, and Dr. Mikel W. Cole: Flying Kites: Narratives of Prison Literacies in Essays and Art We will be speaking on our recently published edited collection of essays, poems, plays, and visual art that foregrounds the voices of formerly and currently incarcerated individuals. In this presentation, you will learn about the role of literacy before, during, and after incarceration. These powerful narratives humanize the complexities of lives impacted by mass incarceration policies and practices. As we encounter these poignant testimonies of the ways the written word transforms and liberates, we invite you to reflect on your preconceptions and beliefs about the role of carceral institutions in a just society.
  • October 6, 2022 (Thursday), 10:00am-11:30am, Hybrid: Conversations about Pictures with Sam Wang, Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Visual Arts. The first session was such a success we are having another! Please join Sam Wang and work together to critique photographs and improve our photography skills before and after taking pictures. This will be informal “conversations” about participants’ photographs, and perhaps on what or how to improve. Each participant is asked to bring at least one photograph for sharing and group discussions – You might bring a photograph printed from the phone or a real camera, or even one from the old “photo shoe-box”.
  • October 12, 2022 (Wednesday), 8:30am – 11:30am, Bird Walk, Conestee Nature Walk with Dr. Imitaz Haque, Greenville, SC.  Meet at South Carolina Botanical Garden Caboose Parking Lot at 8:30 am to carpool to Lake Conestee or meet at Lake Conestee Nature Preserve at 9:30 am at the Pavilion next to the Dog Park. Address: 840 Mauldin Rd, Greenville, SC 29607 (North Entrance) Click HERE for map of Preserve. Level of Difficulty: Easy Lake Conestee Nature Preserve serves as ‘a world apart’ right here in Upstate, South Carolina, about 6 miles from Downtown Greenville. Its 400+ acres are recognized as an Important Bird Area of Global Significance, a state-designated Wildlife Sanctuary, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Preserve includes a diverse array of wildlife habitats, home to thousands of plant and wildlife species. On this trip we expect to see some of the local residents like Great Blue Herons, Red-Headed Woodpeckers, but also, given that fall migration is underway, a number of migrants.
  •  October 17, 2022 (Monday) 10:00-11:30am, Hybrid: “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES):  The Experience and the Impact”. Dr. Tony Nguyen from the CDC. Please join us for Dr. Duong T. (Tony) Nguyen, Chief Medical Officer, CDC Division of NHANES as he highlights research on health and nutrition. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. NHANES combines health interviews and physical examinations to produce nationally representative health data. These data are used to develop clinical guidelines and national health policy that directs and designs health programs and services. Using mobile examination centers that travel across the nation, NHANES examines roughly 5,000 individuals in 15 counties annually. Its data are used to determine the prevalence of and risk factors for major diseases and to monitor chronic medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. For further details you can access the website at  The division is part of the National Center for Health Statistics.
  • October 18, 2022 (Tuesday) 10:00-11:30am, Hybrid: Book Interest Group. Local author, Shelley Burchfield will join us to discuss her book, The Earth Remains. We are excited that she can join us to discuss her book. We look forward to learning more about Shelley, when she started writing, and how she developed her plot ideas. Dr. Laura Shick will serve as the host for the discussion. You may want to read The Earth Remains before the seminar, but it is not necessary. Please join us as we explore different authors and books each month.
  • October 19, 2022 (Wednesday), 8:30am – 11:00 am, Bird Walk, In-Person Outing: BIRDING WALK at the Botanical Gardens with Vince Jackson.  Meet in the parking lot below the Fran Hanson Visitors Center (South Carolina Botanical Garden). This is an excellent spot to see warblers, bluebirds, hawks, Barred Owl (usually heard), tanagers, grosbeaks and many other migrants passing through our area. Vince Jackson has been birding for over 40 years and is the past president/field activities director of the Atlanta Audubon Society. Vince has led birding adventures in the SW and Mexico, Trinidad, and Canada as well as local areas. Please join us for some low-impact walking on mostly level ground during the peak of our area’s fall bird migration. Please bring a good pair of binoculars, sunscreen, snack food, water, and a field guide along with you. Vince will answer your questions and help you to see and identify the birds we see. If you have any interest in birds these fun activities are suited just for YOU.
  • October 20, 2022 (Thursday), 10:00am-11:30am, Hybrid: Historic University Cemeteries, President Emeritus Jim Barker  Please join us for President Barker’s discussion on Historic University Cemeteries. His wonderful watercolors of the Clemson campus, the Woodland Cemetery and proposed projects enhance the story being told about the past and the future of our historic cemetery with its many marked and unmarked graves. While the first known person buried on Cemetery Hill was in 1837, found in the archives was an index of fifty enslaved persons who are likely buried on the western slope. During Walter Riggs’ presidency opportunities for faculty and staff burials on campus was initiated. Barker will also describe a twenty-acre park and plaza planned on campus that would provide a place for alumni to have a final resting place on campus.
  • October 25, 2022 (Tuesday), 10am – 11:00am, THIS EVENT IS ZOOM ONLY, Memoir Interest Group Meeting with Marty Duckenfield. We welcome all to the memoir group, and we encourage those interested to consider the many benefits of memoir writing—one of which is that it’s great fun—and joining us!  Your comments and remembrances are always welcome.. If you have a story to share and seek feedback or encouragement, this group is for you.


  • November 2, 2022 (Wednesday) 10:00am–11:30am, Hybrid, Vince Jackson,  The Lynching of Willie Earle. The history of South Carolina is filled will unfortunate and horrific events. The Willie Earle saga is one. In 1947, after the murder of a cab driver in Greenville, Willie Earle, the alleged murderer, was taken by force from a jail cell and lynched by a mob. The subsequent trial and repercussions that arose created national headlines that are still apparent to this day, even after 75 years. Earle was buried in an unmarked grave in Clemson where members of his family still live. This program will examine the origins of lynching, its decline as a “rough form of justice,” and our continued adherence to constitutional law.
  • November 16, 2022 (Thursday) 10:00-11:30am, Hybrid: Dr. Jim Palmer, SC Economic Wealth in the 18th Century: Enslaved People and Rice Culture  Rice culture in South Carolina was the single biggest influence on the wealth of the colony in the 18th and 19th centuries.  This fact was due to the science of growing rice with tidal flow brought by enslaved people from west Africa.  The colonist planters were ignorant of this technique and therefore undervalued thousands of acres of swamps and wetlands that the enslaved people cleared to help make rice the pre-Revolution’s most important export.  Dr. Palmer will discuss the agronomic background of why the wetland soils were ideal for producing high rice yields.  Also, he will explain why so many thousands of enslaved people were imported to the colony to help support rice culture and what happened to them and their way of life after the Civil War.
  • November 18, 2022 (Friday) 10:00am-11:30am, Hybrid, Book Interest Group hosted by Dr. Nancy Dunlap.
  • November 22, 2022 (Tuesday), 10am – 11:00am, THIS EVENT IS ZOOM ONLY, Memoir Interest Group Meeting with Marty Duckenfield.
  • November 29, 2022 (Tuesday) 10:00am-11:30am, Hybrid: Otis Pickett and Dr. Brian Alexander, The Prison to College Pipeline Program

December Events:

  • December 1, 2002 (Thursday) 1:30pm-2:30pm, (outing) Tour of the CU Agricultural Services Laboratory with Dr. Shannon Alford. Dr. Alford will walk us through the process of sample prep, chemical analysis, and instrumentation used at the lab. The tour will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Meet at the Agricultural Services Laboratory, 171 West Cherry Road, Clemson, SC 29634. For more information about the Agricultural Services Laboratory, visit their website:
  • December 6, 2022 (Tuesday) 11:30am – 1:30pm, Holiday Luncheon for Emeritus College, Palmetto Event Center, RSVP requested. 
  • December 8, 2022 (Thursday) 10:00am–11:30am, Hybrid, Historic Clemson Buildings: Insights from Materials Science. Dr. Denis A. Brosnan, Emeritus Professor and Dr. Tim Drake, Regulatory Services.  Materials science provides forensic techniques to contribute to the historical record of the Clemson University campus and the surrounding area. Locally made bricks from near the construction site and “Biblical” mud mortars were used in some early area buildings. With the construction of the Old Main Building (1890-93), “factory-made” local bricks and burnt lime mortar constituted the outer walls. In the 1920’s, bricks were brought in from factories in the state for construction of the buildings in the Clemson University Historic Districts I and II. Portland cement-based mortars were first used in the 1920’s. These results reflect the evolution of cementitious materials and improvements in transportation. The results augment the history of the campus and are essential in preservation of the historic buildings.
  • December 13, 2022 (Tuesday) 10:00-11:30am, Hybrid: Dr. Mike Hood: The Importance of Bees to Our Food Supply in the US. Mike will begin his presentation giving a brief history of bees in the world and review the important role they play in production of much of our food today. He will list many of our fruits and vegetables that are highly dependent on bees for their pollination. Mike will discuss some of the issues and challenges that continue to affect our insect pollinators and beekeeping industry. He will conclude his presentation by giving some recommendations on what you can do to help protect and promote our most beneficial insects.
  • December 15, 2022 (Monday) 10:00am-11:30am, Hybrid, Book Interest Group, Dr Dolores Stegelin and Dr. Elaine Richardson are hosting the event to discuss and will discuss authors who have been or incarcerated.