USCA in the Alley community series returns Feb. 8

The University of South Carolina Aiken will return with its free lecture series, Aiken in the Alley, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, when university professors Keely Rhodes, Megan Rich, and Paul Crook will offer a musical theatre revue. The weekly event is held in the Alley at 139 Newberry Street SW.

Paul Crook, theatre professor and executive director of the Etherredge Center and External Programs at USC Aiken, says, "For over one hundred years, the music of Broadway has provided the soundtrack to our lives. As artists, Keely, Megan, and I have long been in love with the musical theatre canon, and we are thrilled to get to share some of that with Aiken."

Sponsored by the university's College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Aiken in the Alley features lectures, conversations, and music on select Thursdays at 11 a.m. from Feb.8 through April 18. One notable exception will be Dr. Doug Higbee's presentation on "Shakespeare, Brave New World, and Punk Rock," scheduled for 4 p.m. on Feb. 22.

Members of the Aiken community are invited to attend the free event series.

All lectures, conversations, and performances begin at 11 a.m. For more information, please contact 803-641-3784.

Following is the spring schedule for Aiken in the Alley:

Thursday, February 8:


A Musical Theatre Revue with Keely Rhodes, Megan Rich, and Paul Crook

Thursday, February 22:


Professor of English, Doug Higbee, "Shakespeare, Brave New World, and Punk Rock"

Thursday, March 14:


Assistant Professor of English, Amanda Warren, "Old Time True Crime: Appalachian Murder Ballads"

Thursday, March 28:


Senior Instructor of History, Alexia Helsley, "A Boy, a Girl, and a Train: Remembering Pat Conroy"

Thursday, April 18: 


Associate Professor of Political Science, Sarah Young, "School Tax Matters: Understanding Act 388"

For more information, contact Forrest Anderson,