College of Charleston Political Science Convocation of Majors with Representative James Clyburn on Tuesday, November 9th at 3:30 p.m. EST

The College of Charleston’s Department of Political Science invites you to our annual convocation. Our guest speaker, Congressman James E. Clyburn, will be here to discuss the importance of voting rights.

In-person seating is limited to those with College of Charleston ID, register for a seat here.

All others can watch on YouTube, see video below.

December 12th: Vanguard Book Club for CofC students, faculty, staff, alums and supporters

We invite CofC students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters to join us for a unique collaboration in reading and discussing Professor Martha S. Jones’ recently dropped book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (Basic Books, 2020).

We will read the book from late-October to early December and meet twice (virtually)to discuss your thoughts on and takeaways from the book. On December 02, 2020, we ask that you join us as we welcome Dr. Jones for a virtual lecture/Q&A (details TBA).

Book pick-up at Addlestone Library will begin on October 20th (listed as the event date) and will continue for several weeks on designated days (details TBA)

Please RSVP to receive information about book pick-up or purchase, book club virtual discussion meetings, and Dr. Jones’ visit in December.

Register To Vote and Make a Voting Plan

Voter Registration

South Carolina Voter Registration ends October 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST

South Carolina Voter Registration Information

Voting Plan

Make a voting plan now.

  • Do you plan to cast an absentee ballot?
  • Vote at the polls on election day?
  • Voting early?

South Carolina Voting Information Page (has information about where to vote, absentee voting, and early voting)

Resources

September 2020 Program

African Americans and the Vote Lecture and Workshop

Black Suffragists: Pre-Civil War through the 19th Amendment and 2020 Voter Participation Update

Presenters: Dr. Gwendy Harris (Retired Rutgers University and Charleston Area Branch of ASALH) and Dr. Paula Orr (President of the Links Incorporated, Charleston SC Chapter)

Black Suffragists Lecture 7-8 pm- Gwendolyn Harris, PhD

One hundred years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment this study reviews Black Women’s suffrage from the pre-Civil War period through the ratification.  Focus is placed on the participation and marginalization of Black Women in the larger suffrage movement. The work of two noted suffragists, Ida B Wells-Barnett and Mary Church Terrell is highlighted.

Voter Participation Workshop 8-9 pm- Paula Orr, MD

The Links COVID-19 Civic Participation Task Force will provide information on the process of voting in the November 3, 2020 election as impacted by the pandemic. The task force toolkit will be discussed

https://form.jotform.com/jsform/202579200737152