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January 21, 11am, Status of the Equal Rights Amendment legislation in South Carolina. Dr. Patricia Wolman of the South Carolina League of Women Voters will discuss the status of legislation before the South Carolina Legislature related to the ERA. She will also talk about the national ramifications of its potential passage in South Carolina. 2020 is also the anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. Cultural Event.


Jan 28, 11am, First in the South Primary. Dr Gibbs Knotts and Dr Joe Ragusa of College of Charleston will discuss their new book (First in the South). They will discuss South Carolina’s central role in the presidential preference primary and its implications for our state. Cultural Event.


February 6, 11am, Election 2020: The Census and Redistricting. Dr. Laura Woliver, Distinguished Professor Emerita from University of South Carolina, will discuss the impact of the 2020 Census in South Carolina on the redistricting process, specifically as it relates to minority representation in our state.  Cultural Event.




September 17, 2019- Constitution Day 

11:00am- Dina's Place Digiorgio Campus Center

Dr. John Holder- The Constitution, Redistricting & Gerrymandering

 Dr. John Holder will discuss the Constitutional nature of redistricting, along with recent court decision on the topic. Dr. John Holder earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also earned two Master’s degrees in Political Science from The George Washington University, and a Bachelors in Political Science from Haverford College. Dr. Holder teaches American Government, State and Local Government, The National Executive, The Congress, Political Parties and Practical Politics, South Carolina Government and Politics and more at Winthrop University.













Last Updated: 4/29/20