Alumnus Carl Garris to Address GSSM Student Body

March 16, 2016

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce Carl Garris, GSSM Class of 2013, and medieval studies major at the University of South Carolina, will address students and faculty during a SmartChat speaker engagement on March 16 at 12:45 p.m. on the GSSM campus.

Garris’s academic interests include medieval history, manuscript-studies and scientific analysis of material culture. He said his time at GSSM gave him a scientific background useful to the pursuit of interdisciplinary historical research. 

His recent work includes the project “Medieval Identity Theft: Using X-Ray Polarization to Read an Erased Ownership Inscription in a Thirteenth-Century English Pocket Bible” for which he received the top prize in the University Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research. He also has recently written a paper entitled “Francia! Gladio Michaelis Archangeli: the Presentation of Mont Saint Michel as ‘French’ in the Illustrations of the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry” for which he received the Best Research Essay Award from the Middlebury Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS). 

Garris is currently studying at the Middlebury CMRS, an academic program affiliated with Keble College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford.

A program of the BlueCross BlueShield Economics & Finance Institute, the SmartChat Speaker Series is designed to enhance students' education while inspiring them through the stories and experiences of GSSM alumni, as well as the Palmetto State’s leading innovators in biology, chemistry, computer science, drama and film, economics, history, physics and writing.

Any media wishing to attend the SmartChat should contact Robert Fletcher, director of the BCBS Economics & Finance Institute, at fletcher@gssm.k12.sc.us or 843-383-3901 ext. 3907.

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