Pearce Center for Professional Communication


Marty St. George

The Pearce Center for Professional Communication is committed to enhancing the cultural and intellectual climate of Clemson University. To this end, the Pearce Center regularly sponsors visiting speakers and series that expose Clemson students and faculty to nationally and internationally recognized figures in all fields of humanistic inquiry and multiple professions including communications, education, government, journalism, marketing, public relations and publishing.

Upcoming Events

Please see the Pearce Center Calendar of Events for a list of all the speakers and upcoming events at the Center.

Pearce Center for Professional Communication

Fran Mainella, “Climbing to the Summit”
Fran Mainella began the semester’s Thoughts Worth Thinking series on Wednesday, October 2nd at 7 pm in room 118 of the Academic Success Center. As the 16th Director of the National Park Service and the first woman to be appointed to that position, Mainella explored her journey and the tools she used while “Climbing the Summit.” Mainella  began her career as […]
October 17 04:53pm

Career Paths- Cynthia Ott, Vice President of Human Resources at Maersk Line
The Career Paths Series resumed this semester on Friday, September 27 in the Class of 1941 Studio for Student Communication. Cynthia Ott, a Clemson alumnae and current vice president of human resources at Maersk Line, kicked off the series. The event was sponsored by the English Department and the Pearce Center for Professional Communication. Ott’s […]
October 7 12:10pm

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?”
“History is not a pep rally,(…) there is good and bad in all history (…) the question is how do you define yourself.”  Ta-Nehisi Coates, Senior Editor for The Atlantic, offered this intriguing view of history during his lecture last week at The Strom Thurmond Institute. Coates presented in front of a packed auditorium Thursday […]
October 3 06:09pm

Brian Norman, “Deadly Woman Wanting: Beloved and the Problem of the Ugly Citizen”
On Friday, March 1, in the Class of 1941 Studio, Brian Norman spoke about his novel, Dead Women Talking: Figures of Injustice in American Literature, focusing on the story of Toni Morrison’s Beloved.  Norman discussed how dead women in literature are often times used to describe how society deals with the ugliness that must be […]
March 4 11:45am

Green Beret Special Forces and Clemson University Liberal Arts, What?
What is right! When we think of highly trained Green Berets, we usually picture hidden snipers with camouflage faces, stealthily carrying out insane rescue missions. But we wouldn’t equate these human weapons with Clemson University’s Business Writing and Technical Communications classes. Well now we can, thanks to the Client Based Program and the initiative of […]
March 4 11:32am

Bob Stein, “Social Reading Platforms and the Future of the Book”
On Tuesday, January 15, speaker Bob Stein guest-lectured in the Strom Thurmond Institute, introducing his thoughts on social reading, the future of the book, and the most recent interactive media entitled Social Book. Social Book, created by the Institute for the Future of the Book, is a public platform in which people are able to […]
January 17 10:38am

Antony Valentini, “Does God Play Dice?”
On Wednesday, November 28,  2012, Dr. Antony Valentini gave a lecture in the Thoughts Worth Thinking series, called “Does God Play Dice? The Origin and Hidden Meaning of Quantum Mechanics.” The name of the talk comes from a statement made by Albert Einstein—“I am convinced that [God] does not play dice”—in reference to the accepted […]
December 5 01:07pm

Nancy Marie Brown: “The Scientist Pope: Faith and Science in the Dark Ages”
On Wednesday, November 14, Nancy Marie Brown gave a lecture as a guest of Clemson’s Glimpse magazine on her book, The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages. Brown is a freelance writer who has worked with scientific publications over the course of […]
November 26 11:13am

Career Paths- Rachel Sparks, Account Executive at Weber Shandwick Public Relations Firm NYC
When Rachel Sparks graduated from Clemson with an English degree in 2009, two words were at the forefront of her mind: law school. Although she didn’t plan to attend right away, she felt sure that this was the right path for her and that she would eventually make this dream a reality. Four years later, […]
November 12 03:26pm

Mario R. de Carvalho, “The Politics of Professional Communication/The Professional Communication of Politics”
“It’s all about the little moments.” Our lives are full of little moments: the interesting conversations we have on the morning CAT bus ride, our favorite song coming on the radio at the right moment, or the smile someone gives you during a really bad day. On Monday October 29th, Emmy Award-winning cameraman Mario R. […]
November 1 12:53pm

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