USC: System Affairs and Extended University

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“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”                  -Mark Twain


“Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”                                                                                                                               -William Faulkner


The Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars came to being the same way many good ideas and stories tend to—under an oak tree. Two students, Matthew Wilkie and Elisa Gonzalez, left an English class feeling the way many professors fervently hope their students will feel—excited, full of questions and bursting to jump back in to yet another discussion. 


After many conversations the two students came to realize class discussions were simply not able to completely satiate their desire to learn and share their ideas. A “meeting of the minds” was proposed: what better way to talk about themes and symbolism than to gather those who are also interested in one room? The first members of the Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars were born. Those first members consisted of faculty members that inspired Matthew and Elisa; Denise Shaw, Hayes Hampton and Mary Hjelm.


Rarely do students in the extended university get a chance to come together and share their ideas in a professional and open forum. The goal of the Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars is to hear the ideas of any and every undergraduate, graduate, or professional who wishes to participate in engaging and intelligent conversations.


“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”                                                                  -F. Scott Fitzgerald


Photos from the 2012 Inaugural Carolina Emerging Scholars Conference


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Matthew Wilkie, Chair


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