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Two South Carolinas: A Look at Disparities in Education, Justice and Health


Two South Carolinas:  A Look at Disparities in Education, Justice and Health

Presented in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Furman

July 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 2012

The second annual summer lecture series brought experts and practitioners who provided data-driven presentations on the disparities that exist in the areas of education, justice, and health in South Carolina. Is our public education system addressing the needs of our state’s children?  How do the poor have access to legal services? How healthy is our state and how do we deliver healthcare to our states’ citizens?

Hosted by Mark Quinn, former host of SCETV’s Big Picture and director of public and member relations, Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, the series examined these issues and how they affect our state’s economy and well-being overall, and how we can approach them as we seek to move SC forward in the 21st century.

July 17:  Two South Carolinas: Disparities in Education (to view the program, click here)

Virtual Reality: The myth and meaning of difference in SC

John Simpkins, fellow, Charleston School of Law, and of counsel, Wyche, P.A.,  

Are we keeping our promise to “minimally educate” our children?

Steve Morrison, plaintiffs’ attorney in Abbeville v South Carolina

July 24: Two South Carolinas: Disparities in Justice (to view the program, click here)

Justice for All?

Kirby Mitchell, managing attorney, South Carolina Legal Services

A Report Card on Juvenile Justice

Elizabeth Hill, general counsel, South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice 

July 31: Two South Carolinas: Disparities in Health (to view the program, click here)

How Wealth Influences Well-being 

Lisa Waddell, deputy commissioner for health services at SCDHEC

Bridging the Health Care Gap 

Roland Gardner, CEO, Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services 

August 7: Two South Carolinas: Exploring Strategies for Change (to view the program, click here)

The roundtable discussion moderated by Mark Quinn includes the following state experts and leaders who have on-the-ground experience with the complexities of these intersecting issues:

Montrio Belton, director, SC Office of School Transformation 

Lynn Bailey, consulting healthcare economist

Sue Berkowitz, director, Appleseed Legal Justice Center 

Renee Romberger, VP for Community Health Policy and Strategy at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System 

The Summer Series is presented by The Riley Institute at Furman
and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman