It was an event on campus like no other. An evening that saw Sottile Theatre’s stage shared by a variety of College stars – students, faculty, staff and alumni that are all pioneers in their respective fields.

Inspired by idea forums such as Ted Talks and Pecha Kucha Nights, the College’s in!Genius brought together artists, scientists and educators to share their stories of discovery and innovation. Steve Cody, managing partner of public relations firm Peppercomm, member of the Department of Communication’s Advisory Council and part-time stand-up comedian, emceed the eclectic evening with the assistance of Peppercomm colleague Trisha Bruynell ’10.


With topics ranging from music composition to living with Asperger’s Syndrome, to discovering a planet, to the importance of men in the classroom and to the wellspring of creativity, the eight energetic presentations struck a chord with the audience and reminded everyone present of the power of a liberal arts and sciences education – and, more important, the power of the College of Charleston experience.