Preface First-Year Reading and Writing Program at USC Upstate

Preface

First-year Reading and Writing Program

Preface is a first-year reading program that introduces students to the joy of reading critically and using academic disciplines and methods to approach the complex issues in our communities, nation, and world. Preface combines guided reading of a common book with special events and discussions, in which students engage questions raised by the book with university, community and national experts. We read, think and talk together in order to see how concentrated, research-based attention to any subject can bring new solutions to light.

First-year students read the Preface text in English 101 and most University 101 courses and attend related events throughout the fall semester.

While Preface is geared primarily toward first-year students, it offers a calendar of events that are relevant to a wide range of university courses as well as the community. Events are planned in close cooperation with USC Upstate departments and organizations and are free and open to the public.

This fall, first-year writing students will read The Story of More by Hope Jahren.

Preface Goals

The intent of this series of programs is to help USC Upstate first-year students make connections to each other and to the university and community, to practice skills and explore ideas that contribute to success in college, and to discuss how a deeper understanding of a shared reading can inform the way we make personal decisions and influence public policy today.

book cover The Story of More by Hope Jahren. How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here

Friday August 27, 2021

Session Title: Lighting the Way: A Staged Reading of Four Short Plays about the Climate Crisis

Session Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Studio Theatre in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center

 Tuesday August 31, 2021

Session Title: Careers in Sustainability and Climate Change: Peace Corps and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Session Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom

Wednesday September 1, 2021

Session Title: Film Viewing: An Inconvenient Sequel (2017)

Session Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom

Tuesday September 21, 2021

Session Title: Film Viewing: Plastic Wars (2020)

Session Time: 1:40 - 2:55 p.m.
Location: Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom

Wednesday September 22, 2021

Session Title: Climate Narratives in Stories of Migration and Displacement from Mexico and Central America 

Speaker Name: Dr. Laura Barbas-Rhoden, Wofford College
Session Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom

Tuesday September 28, 2021

Session Title: Climate Change Simulation Game

Session Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom

Wednesday September 29, 2021

Session Title: Psychological Approaches to Sustainable Behavior
Speaker Name: Dr. Ann Hoover, psychology

Session Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom

Monday October 4-6, 2021

Session Title: Track Pick-Up Study

Speaker Name: Dr. Jack Turner, Watershed Ecology Center
Session Time: Monday 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.; Tuesday 9:25 - 10:25 a.m.; Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Meet Outside the Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center

This is an outdoor, interactive event. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and walking shoes. Support is provided by the South Carolina Aquarium.

 Tuesday October 12, 2021

Session Title: Film Viewing: Women's Adventure Film Tour

Session Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom

 Wednesday October 13, 2021

Session Title: Campus Nature Walk

Speaker Name: Dr. Jonathan Storm, biology

Session Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (1st walk); 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (2nd walk)
Location: Meet outside the Horace C. Smith Science Building

This is an outdoor, interactive event. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and walking shoes.

 Thursday October 21, 2021

Session Title: Lessons from Bhopal: What the World's Worst Industrial Disaster Can Teach Us about Environmental Justice 37 Years Later

Speaker Name: Dr. Renu Pariyadath, communication studies

Session Time: 1:40 - 2:55 p.m.
Location: Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom

 Wednesday November 3, 2021

Session Title: BMW's Commitment to Environmental Sustainability in the SC Upstate

Session Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom

 Friday November 5, 2021

Session Title: Tree Planting at USC Upstate with Trees Forever

Speaker Name: Dr. Pam Barber, biology

Session Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Dr. Lawrence E. Roël Garden Pavilion in the Arboretum

This is an outdoor, interactive event. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing that can get dirty.

 Wednesday November 10, 2021

Session Title: Upstate Community Garden FREE Market

Session Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom

 Wednesday November 10, 2021

Session Title: Is Climate Change Just a Liberal Hoax?

Speaker Name: Dr. Jonathan Storm, biology

Session Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom

 Wednesday November 17, 2021

Session Title: South Carolina Environmental Policy

Speaker Name: Dr. Trevor Rubenzer, political science

Session Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Location: Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom