S.C. State’s College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English and Modern Languages will host the 2017 South Carolina Project on Language and Culture Conference this Friday, Oct. 6, in the Fine Arts Building on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The keynote address will be given at 9:30 a.m. Additionally, the first conference session will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the second session will take place from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

The conference’s keynote speaker, Dr. Will Goins, is the chief and chief executive officer of the Cherokee Indian Tribe of South Carolina-ESCIUT- Inc., which is a statewide alliance of state- and federally-recognized tribal members. A descendant of the Eastern Band Cherokee, Tuscarora and Cheraw Indians, Goins' address will be titled, “Mother Earth, Father Sky: The Reality of Native America.”

Goins has worked diligently for many years to help shape a Native American policy agenda that addresses issues at the core of indigenous identity, such as the protection of and access to sacred sites, religious freedom, treaty rights, mascot abolition, equality and language revitalization.

He hopes to offer cultural insight to conference attendees and aspires to continue to fuel his passion for community servitude.

The vivid storyteller, artist and cultural presenter earned a bachelor’s in anthropology and communications from George Washington University. Goins also earned his doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University. He is the president of the Interfaith Partners of South Carolina.

For more information about the conference, contact SCPLC Director Dr. Sukari Salone at ssalone@scsu.edu or Arah Pinson, instructor of English and modern languages, at apinson@scsu.edu. More information is also available at www.scsu.edu.

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