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What Is Preface?    

Preface is a first-year reading program that introduces students to the joy of academic inquiry. As such, it combines guided reading of a selected text with co-curricular events in which students discuss questions raised by the text with university, community and national experts. During this program, first-year students read the Preface text in English 101 and most University 101 courses and attend related events in both English 101 and 102. 

This is an archive of every event that has been held as part of Preface since the program’s inception. 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By: Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7, 057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual and widely heralded novels in recent years.

About the Author

Mark Haddon is a writer and illustrator of numerous children's books and television screen-plays. As a young man, Haddon worked with autistic individuals. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and lives in Oxford, England.


Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
September 1, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
URC Greatroom 
Discussion led by Dr. George Williams, Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of Digital Pedagogy    

Understanding the Behavior of Children with Autism 
September 8, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
CLC Ballroom
Amber Travis, Board Certified Behavior Analyst with Palmetto Autism Interventions     

Exhibit, "Impaired Perceptions"
Virtual Exhibit
September 15, 6:00 p.m. 
CLC Ballroom
Brian Steel, Photographer

Parenting a Child with Autism
September 17, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
CLC Ballroom
Cindy Evans, Lisa Miller, Klay Peterson, and John Montemayor

Making Special Education a Part of American History
September 23, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
CLC Ballroom
Dr. Holly Pae, Professor of Special Education

An Introduction into Theory of Mind
September 30, 6:00 - 7:00  p.m.
CLC Ballroom
Dr. Scott Meek, Assistant Professor of Psychology


Issues Facing the Disabled in the Criminal Justice System
October 13, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Tukey Theater 
Dr. Reid Toth, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

The Murder of Wellington: Making Sense Out of Animal Abuse
October 20, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
CLC Ballroom
Dr. Clif Flynn, Professor of Sociology, 

Learning the Impact of Nonverbal Communication in Your Daily Life
October 26, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
CLC Ballroom
Dr. Carolina Webber, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

PREFACE Event: Life on the Spectrum: Living, Learning and Growing as an Autistic Person
October 27, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
URC Greatroom
Howie Jordan, Autistic Student at USC Upstate 


International Trivia Night
November 4, 6:00  p.m.
CLC Ballroom


Dr. Celena Kusch
Department Chair

Dr. Monika Shehi
Preface Coordinator

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