Monica Williams-Hudgens, granddaughter of the late Strom Thurmond, will speak at Tillman Hall on Feb. 4.

Monica Williams-Hudgens, granddaughter of the late Strom Thurmond, will speak at Tillman Hall on Feb. 4.
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CLEMSON — Clemson University’s College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities Friday announced a robust slate of events for the second half of its year-long series “Race and the University.” The spring schedule includes campus conversations facilitated by Clemson students, lectures by renowned scholars, film screenings, art and music events and a two-day conference.

The aim of the series is to create a campuswide dialogue about race and diversity at Clemson – past, present and future.

A highlight of the spring agenda is a lecture by Monica Williams-Hudgens, granddaughter of the late Strom Thurmond. Williams-Hudgens will speak about her family’s legacy at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in Tillman Hall auditorium. Her lecture is titled “‘My legacy to you is the discovery of your lineage:’ Reckoning the Strom Thurmond Lineage with My Family’s Legacy.”

Other noted speakers include professors Sheryll D. Cashin of Georgetown University on March 11, Eric Foner of Columbia University on March 31 and Sven Beckert of Harvard University on April 9.

Events kick off at 3:30 p.m. today in the Lee Hall auditorium with “This is What Democracy Looks Like:” a dialogue about the events that have unfolded last summer and fall in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Campus Conversation: “This is What Democracy Looks Like:” A dialogue on Ferguson
Chenjerai Kumanyika, assistant professor of communication studies, and Saadiqa Lundy, lecturer, women’s leadership.
Engage with professors sharing experiences from two trips to Ferguson during the height of the protests in 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
today Lee Hall Auditorium.

Campus Conversation: The White Stamp of Approval
Facilitators: Guneet Bedi and Julie Summey
Discuss international students’ perceptions of white, black and latino American cultures.
Co-sponsored with the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Center for Student Life and the International Student Association
7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, Brackett Hall, Room 120

Campus Conversation: Native American Heritage: a Student Forum for Discussion and Exchange
Ongoing during spring semester
For details, contact Andrea Feeser, professor of art, (
Explore Native American histories, family and heritage in South Carolina. Learn about Esseneca, the Cherokee settlement upon which much of Clemson University stands. Experience the Botanical Gardens’ Cherokee Worldview Garden. Visit the Cherokee Museum in Walhalla. Explore Hopewell Plantation, built on Cherokee land. Hike to the Treaty Oak monument in Oconee County.

“My Name is Omar: A Life in the Struggle for Liberation”
Rare 19th-century documents written by and about Omar Ibn Said, a West African, Arabic-speaking Muslim who lived in slavery in South Carolina and North Carolina and wrote his life story in Arabic
Through April 30, Strom Thurmond Institute, Special Collections Library lobby


Lecture: “‘My legacy to you is the discovery of your lineage:’ Reckoning the Strom Thurmond Lineage with My Family’s Legacy”
Monica Williams-Hudgens, granddaughter of Strom Thurmond
The daughter of Strom Thurmond’s biracial daughter Essie Mae Washington-Williams, Monica Williams-Hudgens will discuss how her family’s daily conversations around the dinner table about race, gender and educational equity prepared her and her siblings to reckon with their kinship to – and embrace their legacy as descendants of – a white segregationist Southern politician.
Co-sponsored with the Rutland Institute for Ethics Presidential Colloquium and the Strom Thurmond Institute
5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, Tillman Auditorium

Lecture: “A Conversation on Communities, Police, and Security: Legal and Academic Perspectives”
Mai Linh Spencer, visiting clinical professor, University of California-Hastings College of the Law, and Arthur Ago, chief of the trial division, district of Columbia Public Defender’s Service
Co-sponsored with the “Planning and Policy for Majority-Minority Communities” lecture series in the department of planning, preservation and development
4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, Lee Hall Auditorium

Film Night: “Dear White People” and “Breaking the Huddle”
Facilitators: Asha Simpson and Maddy Thompson
View and discuss Justin Simien’s critically acclaimed film about four black students on a predominantly white campus, together with a documentary about the integration of college football.
Co-sponsored with Pan African Studies Program, the Mu Psi chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Center for Student Life and the Clemson University Undergraduate Association
6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, McKissick Theatre, Hendrix Center

Campus Conversation: “The Kardashian Effect: the Commodification of African American Popular Culture”
Facilitators: Destinee Wilson, Allison Mccants and A. D. Carson
Discuss the commodification and appropriation of black culture, music and more.
Co–sponsored with the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Center for Student Life and the Clemson Black Student Union
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Brackett Hall, Room 120

Gallery Talk: “Antebellum Clothing at Fort Hill”
Kendra Johnson, associate professor of theater, Clemson University
Examine the lives of the people who lived and labored on John C. Calhoun’s Fort Hill Plantation through representative 19th-century clothing.
5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, Academic Success Center, Room 118


Equality Cup Dialogue: South Carolina’s Public Education Corridor of Shame
Facilitator: Dalton Mills, Clemson University Peer Dialogue Program
Discuss the effects on power and privilege of different access to public education in South Carolina.
Co-sponsored with Clemson University Housing & Dining
7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, Clemson University Starbucks

Lecture: “Place, not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America”
Sheryll D. Cashin, professor of law, Georgetown University
Hear a fresh and original argument for changing affirmative action from a nationally recognized expert.
Co-sponsored with the Rutland Institute for Ethics Presidential Colloquium and the Chief Diversity Office
5 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, Lee Hall Auditorium

Clemson Literary Festival Open Mic Night
Host: A.D. Carson, poet and RCID graduate student
Experience poetry, prose, music, rap and other artistic forms of expression. Audience participation is welcome.
Co-sponsored with The Clemson Literary Festival
10-11:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, Blue Heron, 405 College Ave., Clemson

Lecture: “Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation and the Origins of Reconstruction”
Reception to follow
Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University
From one of America’s most prominent historians, an exploration of the Emancipation Proclamation as a turning point in the Civil War.
Co-sponsored with the Pan African Studies Program, the Rutland Institute for Ethics Presidential Colloquium and the Calhoun Honors College
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, Lee Hall Auditorium


Exhibit: The Color of Names
Exhibit considers the unacknowledged racial history associated with Clemson’s brand colors.
April 3-17, Acorn Gallery, Lee Hall I

Lecture: “Harvard and Slavery: Seeking a Forgotten History”
Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University
From an internationally renowned historian, an examination of his work with students uncovering the history of slavery at Harvard.
Co-sponsored with the department of English
5 p.m. Thursday, April 9, Academic Success Center 118

Concert: A Celebration of Cultural Diversity: The Power of Music
Clemson University Symphonic Band and Concert Band, Mark J. Spede and Timothy Hurlburt, conductors
Performance of works by American composers from traditionally under-represented populations.
8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, Brooks Center Theater

Conference: Race and Our Universities
Two-day conference exploring race and ethnicity
Keynote Speaker: Salamishah Tillet, associate professor, department of English and department of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Hosted by Clemson’s Colloquium on Race and Ethnicity and co-sponsored with The Rutland Institute for Ethics, the Women’s Leadership program, Pan African Studies, the Pearce Center for Professional Communication, the Calhoun Honors College, the department of English, and the department of communication studies at Clemson. Follow the conference on Facebook: Clemson Colloquium on Race & Ethnicity.
Keynote: 5 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Academic Success Center, Room 118
Conference: Thursday and Friday, April 16-17, Class of 1941 Studio, Daniel Hall