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Catherine Adams | (706) 396-8105 | Haygood-Holsey Hall, Room 313F

Assistant Professor  |  Department of Humanities

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Cathrerine Adams | (706) 396-8105 | Haygood-Holsey Hall, Room 313-F

Assistant Professor of English  |  Department of Humanities

Dr. Catherine L. Adams is an Assistant Professor of English and the former chair of the Humanities Department at Paine College. She earned her B.A. in English from Johnson C. Smith University, her M.A. in African American Studies from Temple University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At UMA, she researched the history, memory, and contemporary imagination of Black frontier settlements in the Oklahoma Territory. Her areas of scholarly interest include nineteenth- and twentieth-century Africana literature, especially migration, nationalism, and transnationalism narratives. She is currently directing her third cohort of Yerby Scholars—students at Paine who are engaged in primary and secondary research regarding the life and literary contributions of the prolific Frank G. Yerby (Paine College, Class of 1937). In 2013, she was awarded the Vulcan Materials Teaching Excellence Award.

Katherine Bain | (706) 821-8246 | McGinnis Building, Room 3

Assistant Professor of Religion  |  Department of Humanities

Dr. Katherine Bain holds a Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard University where she specialized in New Testament and Early Christianity. She also studied at the University of Notre Dame, earning the B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies and an M.A. in Theology. An award-winning article featuring her research methodology appeared in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. She is the author of Women’s Socioeconomic Status and Religious Leadership in Asia Minor in the First Two Centuries C.E., published in 2014 by Fortress Press. Bain’s areas of interest include biblical studies, the history of early Christianity and Judaism, economics of the Roman Empire, classical archaeology, African American religious traditions, and contemporary Islam.

Nancy Bookhart | (706) 821-8204 | Mary Helm Building

Assistant Professor of Art  |  Department of Humanities

Nancy Wellington Bookhart received her BFA from Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia in 2000. She went on to receive her MFA from the University of Georgia in 2005. She joined the faculty at Paine College, in Augusta, Georgia in 2007, as Assistant Professor of Art. After arriving at Paine Ms. Bookhart started The Museum Initiative, which involves establishing a nationally recognized museum of art at Paine College. Ms. Bookhart is an exhibiting artist, whose passion is recording the experiences of the poor, in her body of works with the pen name of “The Lost Scrolls of Poverty.” She has exhibited in various venues in the region, and nationally, such as Lucy Laney Museum of Black History in Augusta, Georgia, and Christian University in Memphis, Tennessee. Ms. Bookhart is currently involved in The Nina Simone Project as one of the artists among many regional and national artists who will be included in a touring exhibition. Her research interest includes the common denominator between image and identity, and examining how image identifies a cultural, constitutes a philosophy, and creates a continuum for generations to come.

Oscar Brown | (706) 733-8136 | Haygood-Holsey Hall, Room 214

Assistant Professor of English  |  Department of Humanities

The Reverend Oscar Olin Brown, Jr. was born in Harlem in New York City. Raised in that cultural and intellectual melting pot, he was greatly influenced by the cosmopolitan energy of the “Big Apple” – the libraries, the museums, the multiple musical forums and the host of other social and scholarly enticements of this crossroads city. Rev. Brown attended Riverdale, New York’s prestigious Horace Mann Preparatory School. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from The City College of New York and a M.S.Ed. from the same institution. Rev. Brown has also served in the New York City public school system as an elementary teacher. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Reading at Paine College in the English and Foreign Languages Department of the Division of the Humanities. Rev. Brown has served as a pastor, he has been a disc jockey, he is an accomplished portrait artist, and he is also a singer, composer and producer of religious music as well as being the author of several religious books.

Eronini Egbujor | (706) 821-8370 | Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

Associate Professor of English  |  Department of Humanities

Dr. E. EGBUJOR has Ph. D. (French), from Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada (1988), M. A.: French Studies, Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada (1982); B. A.: French Studies, Université du Bénin, Lomé, Togo (1978) and has completed Post-doctorate studies (on Making audiovisual pedagogical (teaching) documentary; Literary Theory & Orality; under the supervision of Professeur Fernando Lambert), Université Laval, Québec, Canada, (1991). He has also presented papers and chaired roundtables at the following: Conference of African Studies Association (ASA), Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS), African Literature Association (ALA), Congrès International d’Études Françaises (ICFS), l'Association Canadienne-Française pour l'Avancement des Sciences (Acfas), Foreign Language Alliance for International Rapport (FLAIR) & The Southern Literature Association. He has equally had publications in Journal of Oriental and African Studies (JOAS), The African Book Publishing Record (ABPR), Présence Francophone, Revue Canadienne des Études Africaines & Dictionnaire des œuvres littéraires de langue française, en Afrique au Sud du Sahara and has a keen interest in World Humanities, Literatures of Africa & the Diaspora and other non-western regions of the world.

Washington Holmes | (706) 821-8290 | Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

Assistant Professor of Music  |  Department of Humanities

Washington Isaac Holmes, a native of Graniteville, SC, received a B.M.A. from the University of South Carolina. He earned a master of music degree from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), where he majored in vocal performance, studying with George Shirley, Tenor and Leslie Guinn, Baritone. He has performed as soloist, dancer, instrumentalist, and chorister in the United States, South Korea, Germany, France, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Belgium. Locally, he has performed with the USC Philharmonic Orchestra, Augusta Symphony and Etherredge Center Orchestra. With the Augusta Symphony, he narrated a work dedicated to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holmes has performed solo concerts at USC in Aiken, S.C., Augusta State University and Paine College. Recent performances have been as bass soloist for Masterworks Chorale’s complete performance of Handel’s MESSIAH and with the University of South Carolina-Aiken Concert Choir’s performance of Durufle’s REQUIEM both conducted by Dr. Joel Scraper. Holmes is an assistant professor of music and PC Concert Choir Director at Paine College, as well as artistic director and conductor of the Columbia County Choral Society. He is the son of the late Mildred Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Booker T. and Martha Holmes.

Matthew Hutcherson | (706) 821-8266 | Haygood-Holsey Hall, Room 313

Assistant Professor of Religion  |  Department of Humanities

Dr. Matthew Hutcherson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy teaching in the Humanities Department of the School of Arts & Sciences. His specialties involve metaphysics, process philosophy, existentialism, and African American philosophy and theology. His current research interests are in the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the protest philosophies of Black Power as particularly expressed in the music of James Brown and later Hip-Hop artists. He is currently exploring the development of a James Brown Museum at Paine College to preserve his legacy. His recent travels to South Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific have laid the groundwork for continued research in liberation philosophies. He has earned degrees from Atlanta Christian College (A.B.), Georgia State University (M.A.), Emory University (M.T.S.), Drew University (M.Litt.), and The Union Institute & University (Ph.D.).

Robert L. Jones | (706) 821-8131 | Haygood-Holsey Hall, Room 313-E

Assistant Professor of History  |  Department of Humanities

Robert Jones attended Paine College and obtained a B.A. in History in 1963. He continued his education with the aid of a Rockefellar Foundation Fellowship at Haverford College. He was then awarded a doctoral fellowship to attend the University of Michigan and has finished all doctoral work except for his dissertation. He is also the recipient of two Carnegie Foundation Fellowships for summer graduate study at both Harvard and Yale Universities. In addition to his educational pursuits, He has served his country as an infantryman in the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict. After his service, he returned to school obtaining a M.S. degree in European History from Texas A&M University. In addition to his tenure at Paine College, Mr. Jones has taught at Arkansas State University (15 years) in the Department of History.

Andre' Key | (706) 821-8249 | McGinnis Building, Room 1

Assistant Professor of History  |  Department of Humanities

Dr. Andre E. Key is an Assistant Professor of History at Paine College. He received his Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University in 2011. He also earned a M.A. degree in History from Chicago State University and a B.A. in History from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He has held a Graduate Research Fellowship at the Temple University Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought and Center for Afro-Jewish Studies where he developed and taught the nation’s first course in Afro-Jewish Studies. His work focuses on the historical development of Black Hebrew religion and Hebrew Israelite ethno-religious identity. He has submitted works for publication to the Journal of Pan African Studies, and is currently working on a full-length monograph on the core beliefs of Black Judaism.

Martin Kirby | (706) 821-8265 | Haygood-Holsey Hall, Room 214

Professor of English  |  Department of Humanities

Dr. Martin Kirby holds a B.A. from Tulane University, M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He has published over 65 poems in various renowned literary magazines and served as a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Arkansas Democrat. Dr. Kirby’ has won awards in the poetry and non-fiction categories of the Porter Fleming Literary Competition.

Anthony Neal | (706) 396-7106 | McGinnis Building, Room 7

Assistant Professor of Philosophy  |  Department of Humanities

Dr. Anthony Sean Neal completed his undergraduate degree in Religion and Philosophy at Morehouse College and a master of divinity from Mercer University, focusing in the areas of philosophical theology and political philosophy. Anthony took his doctorate from Clark Atlanta University in Humanities focusing his studies in Africana philosophy and religion. His research interests lie in the history of philosophy, aesthetics, and political philosophy. His teaching interests are his research interests plus logic. Anthony prefers to be considered a humanistic philosopher that focuses on understanding personhood, human rights, and human potential. Dr. Neal recently published a chapter entitled, “Imposing Morality: Cultural Perspectives on Truth, Apologies, and Forgiveness in the U.S.A.,” in Crimes Against Humanity in the Land of the Free: Can a Truth and Reconciliation Process Heal Racial Conflict in America? with Praeger Press.

Josue Sanchez | (706) 821-8357 | Music Building

Assistant Professor of English  |  Department of Humanities

Dr. Josué Sánchez holds a B.A. and Certificate in Translation from Brigham Young University, a M.A. from the University of Texas (Austin), and a Ph.D. from the University of Mexico. An Assistant Professor, Sánchez’s primary area of research is the clash of cultures between Indoamericans and Europeans in the invasion of America. His forthcoming publication focuses on this research and will culminate in the book publication, The First Indoamerican Images of the Europeans in the Invasion of America. Dr. Sanchez has presented his research in a number of significant literary congresses and a variety of countries.

Elizabeth Siciliano | (706) 821-8220 | Haygood-Holsey Hall, Room 214 A

Instructor of English  |  Department of Humanities

Beth Siciliano was a professional writer and magazine editor for many years before she became part of the Paine College faculty in 2008. For the four years before she joined the Humanities Division, she was the executive editor of Columbia County Magazine, a monthly lifestyle magazine noted for its stylish design and lively writing. Prior to that, for eighteen years she was the editor of the award-winning Augusta Magazine, which became the model for many city and regional magazines in the Southeast. At both magazines she oversaw editorial content, directed photography and design, and wrote an editor’s column as well as numerous features. She also worked with many of the region’s finest writers. In addition to magazines, she has worked in the fields of marketing, web design and advertising, and has been active in many area and regional organizations, including the Magazine Association of the Southeast, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Augusta Ballet, Leadership Augusta, and the Augusta Author’s Club. Beth attended the University of Georgia and received a BA in English from Augusta College; she holds an MA in fiction from Seton Hill University. She has studied journalism and had extensive training in magazine editing and design at conferences throughout the U.S., including those held by the Magazine Publishers of America, the American Society of Magazine Editors, Reader’s Digest, the City and Regional Magazine Association and the Magazine Association of Georgia. Her appreciation of the written word comes in part from her mother, novelist Louise Shivers, who is writer-in-residence at Augusta State University.

Marva Stewart | (706) 821-8208 | Haygood-Holsey Hall, Room 313-A

Assistant Professor of English  |  Department of Humanities

Marva Stewart is an Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of English and Foreign Languages at Paine College in Augusta, GA. She holds the B.A. in English from Paine College in Augusta, GA and M.A. in English from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). Professor Stewart was named a Teaching Fellow by the Council of Independent College Black Leadership Development Teaching Fellow and participated in a faculty exchange program at North Central College in Naperville Illinois. She also received a Fulbright-Hays Study Abroad Group Fellowship to Israel and Egypt in 1999. She is a columnist for the weekly African American paper, The MetroCourier, and writes the column “Think About It. Professor Stewart’s scholarly presentations include: “The Black Male: Still Victimized and Still Disenfranchised”; “Can’t We All Just Get Along”: Transcending Race, Culture, and Gender in Bebe Moore Campbell’s Brothers and Sisters: Implications for a Globalized Society”; and “The Global Laboratory: Innovative Learning/Teaching Concepts for HBCU’s.”

R. Wayne Woodson | (706) 821-8314 | Music Building, Room Studio 1

Interim Department Chair  |  Department of Humanities

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