Launch of “Speaking of … College of Charleston” on major podcast platforms


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The College of Charleston is pleased to announce a new podcast highlighting the people, places and programs that make it a nationally-ranked public liberal arts and science university.

Produced by the University Communications Office and the Information Technology Division, Speaking of… Charleston College features conversations with faculty, students, staff, alumni and supporters who bring prestige and positive recognition to the College through a wide range of academic pursuits, professional interests and creative passions.

New episodes are available now and future episodes will be released periodically throughout each academic semester on all major podcast platforms including Apple, Embroiderer, iHeart Radio, Spotify and more.

“The College’s creative professionals have long shared the stories of the people who make our university special through print and online publications such as the Charleston College Magazine and our popular online news site, The College today, “said Ron menchaca ’98, vice president of communications. “Our new podcast provides another platform for great storytelling and further extends our reach to national and international audiences.”

Some episodes will delve into topics that showcase the expertise and scholarship of the College’s faculty while other conversations will touch on hot topics in the news or the latest happenings around campus and Charleston. Each episode will be accompanied by an article published on The College today which includes additional information, images and exhibition notes related to the topic.

Among the episodes released so far, listeners will find:

  • An interview and walking tour around Charleston with Bernard Powers, professor emeritus of history and director of the College’s Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston. Powers discusses the life and legacy of Denmark Vesey, a Self-taught black man, formerly a slave, who planned what would have been one of the largest slave rebellions in U.S. history before the plot was foiled in 1822.
  • An interview and walking tour with journalist and author Brian Hicks of Post and courier newspaper. Hicks discusses his latest book on a former CofC Judge student Waites Waring (Class of 1900), In the darkest South Carolina: J. Waties Waring and the secret plan that sparked a civil rights movement.
  • The College’s New Men’s Basketball Coach Pat Kelsey talks about the lightning start to his first season. After being named head coach in March 2021 and inheriting an exhausted roster, Kelsey and his team had 10 weeks to recruit and sign 10 new players. Kelsey also discusses the roots of her passion for basketball and coaching.
  • In a special Halloween-inspired episode, a former CofC and a lover of ghost stories Ed Macy ’91 (MA ’98) shares some of his favorite spooky stories related to campus buildings.
  • Supply Chain Professor Purushottam Meena, which specializes in managing the risk of supply chain disruption, analyzes the current supply chain crisis and sheds light on the factors that create bottlenecks to get goods to where they need to go .

As part of the podcast launch, the University Communications Office is also developing the CofC podcast network, which will list all podcasts produced by various departments, schools and offices of the College. To have your podcast listed in CofC Podcast Network, contact Amy Mercer in University Communications at [email protected].

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