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Department of Philosophy College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424

Phone: 843-953-1935
Facsimile: 843-953-6388


CofCThe Institute will take place on the campus of the College of Charleston. Located in the heart of the historic district of the city of Charleston, the campus offers a combination of graceful architecture, relaxed ambiance, and cutting-edge facilities. The College of Charleston is a co-educational university with 10,000 undergraduate students and 1,600 graduate students, Founded in 1770, it is the oldest college in South Carolina, the 13th oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and the oldest municipal college in the country. The Addlestone Library, the main library on the CofC campus, is the premier research library for the region. The library has an extensive collection of books in philosophy (including representative works in Buddhist philosophy) as well as print and electronic subscriptions to all the top journals in the field. The library also has a fast and efficient interlibrary loan system, and books can be obtained from any other library in the system rapidly.

Charleston The directors will do all they can to help NEH summer scholars and staff with their research needs. The College of Charleston will offer participants library privileges, including lending privileges and online access to its databases. Participants will also have access to group study rooms, computers, and on-line electronic databases. The library is currently open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sundays. The College will also provide on campus accommodation.

Blacklock House Faculty and participants will convene at the Tate Center (5 Liberty Street) in room 202, which will serve as the venue for the Institute. Tate Center is a short stroll from the main campus library and only half a block from one of Charleston’s main thoroughfares, King Street, giving participants and visiting faculty the advantage of a central location.

Spoleto Festival USAThe Institute will partially overlap with the Spoleto Festival USA, and participants will have the opportunity to enjoy Charleston during one of the best arts festivals in the country. In addition, we will host two main social events in downtown Charleston. The group will also meet informally for an evening cruise on the Charleston harbor. Information about art exhibits, concerts and theatre shows, including copies of the Spoleto Festival program, will be provided to seminar participants in advance of their arrival. Please check the logistics page for details about housing, parking, dining, getting around, and more.

Opportunities outside the Institute: The most obvious on-site benefit of institutes is the opportunity they provide for discussion outside formal seminar meetings. The Blacklock House lounge and landscaped garden will be available as a convenient meeting place and will help to facilitate casual interaction between NEH summer scholars and guest faculty.