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Humanitas showcases university's rich inner life

by Jonathan Ewart
Public Relations
For the past 12 years, Humanitas has showcased the creative fervor alive in the individuals that make up the MUSC community. This annual publication is currently accepting submissions for its 13th edition.
Though relatively small in volume, Humanitas has never lacked artistic ingenuity and imagination. The unique collection of prose, poems, short stories and photographs illustrate the artistic talents of MUSC’s students, faculty and staff.
These literary works are often sublime and picturesque in their search for a meaning or a truth. They reach the whole gamut of emotions, giving insight into the authors’ experiences and into the MUSC community.
“Everyone at MUSC is encouraged to take advantage of this outlet for creative expression,” said Sanford Manning Zeigler, editor of Humanitas, and second-year COM student. “Submissions are accepted from anyone about any topic.”
The latest edition is set to be published in March 2009 and all submissions should be turned in by mid-January. “We just want to encourage people to take a second every now and then to reflect on the kind of work we do on this campus,” said Zeigler. 
Following the publication next year, a reception will be held on the first floor of the Library Education Building in appreciation of all the contributors. Everyone is invited. The entries will be judged and $100 will be awarded for the best work in the categories of poetry, short stories and photography. 
Submissions may be taken to 17 Ehrhardt St., Suite 3, or to the MUSC Library circulation desk; mailed to MSC 250215, Charleston, S.C. 29425; or e-mailed to
Humanitas is a student-run project assisted by faculty advisors. Each year a new student serves as editor for the publication. The position for assistant editor, who will take over as next year’s editor, is currently open. Anyone interested in joining the editorial board can contact Zeigler at
The concept for Humanitas was initiated by the University Humanities Committee in the mid-1990s to provide an outlet for the imagination, talent and creativity of the people on this campus to be shared.
The Humanities Committee, devoted to strengthening the rich inner life of the university, is composed of one member from each of the six colleges and the library, one representative from the MUSC  Student Government Association, one member from the Faculty Senate, six other members from the university at large, and six from the community.

Nov. 28, 2008

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