Learning from the Experts

Guest Speakers 101

USL values students learning and understanding the world through experiences and the experts. We want to empower USL students to be engaged in civic life. We are building life skills in our students to foster future leaders. These values drive our program of hosting Guest Speakers.

USL welcomes current parents, grandparents and former families and alumni to attend. Please leave the Q&A to the students.

Below is a full list of Guest Speakers from Q1 and anticipated for Q2:

Q2 Guest Speakers

Libertarian Party representative

Mt. Pleasant Town Council Member Gary Santos – shipping and port management (before we tour the Wando Welch Terminal)

Green Party representative

USL pioneer student (’09 graduate) Anna Grace Ewing – Maersk – ocean shipping

Emory University Law Professor Polly J. Price – author of Plagues in the Nation on the government and legal responses to COVID and earlier pandemics and public policy successes and failures

Greg Nery, US Navy, Prospective Executive Officer, USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier (CVN 77)

Dr. DuBose Kapeluck, The Citadel Professor of Political Science

Young Adult author(s) through USL’s Sara Peck and her leadership with YALLFest

Dr. Joseph Kelly, C of C Professor of Irish and Irish American Studies

Q1 Guest Speakers:

Jennifer Berry Hawes – Post and Courier Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Grace Beahm Alford – Post and Courier photographer and 2013 S.C. Photojournalist of the Year

Dr. Annie Andrews (Democratic) & Rep. Nancy Mace (Republican) – opponents for US House District #1

Mount Pleasant Town Council Member G.M. Whitley – federalism, life skills

Bucky Buchanan, C of C Exercise Science Professor- “Harnessing One’s Mind and Body to Grow”

Rachel Pineda, Charleston Hospice

Dr. Jenna Abetz, C of C Communications Professor – interpersonal and family communication 

Maka Aptsiauri – owner of Euro Foods in West Ashley. She is Ukrainian and has been organizing relief shipments since the invasion by Russia

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