Creative Inquiry

Current Projects

The Ben Robertson Society


Students will work with mentors to develop a Ben Robertson Society that will help spearhead research and publicity about this international World War II correspondent who was an alumni of Clemson and the writer of the southern classic Red Hills and Cotton: An Upcountry Memory (1942). Projects and activities will include developing a digital online museum about Ben Robertson as well as curricular and instructional materials. Other opportunities include assisting with an academic biography on Ben Robertson, re-issue-ing his Travelers' Rest and I Saw England, spearheading an annual consciousness-raising campaign via a SWING dance event that features Clemson's Jungaleers, a group that Ben Robertson founded in 1920, contributing to a traveling trunk museum related to the Battle of Britain, and offering assistance for the statewide South Carolinians for the Common Good Multimedia History Project that helps sustain Robertson's legacy within South Carolina.

Courses (See instructor for enrollment)

Creative Inquiry in History (HIST 3890 001)

Team Leader(s)

C Alan Grubb, PhDHistory
Beatrice E Bailey, EdDTeacher Education


Bailey, B. & A. Grubb. (2015). "Introduction." in Travelers' Rest. Clemson, SC: Clemson University Press.Our CI team re-issued Ben Robertson's 1938 modernist epic about an upcountry, South Carolina family's pilgrimage.
Dutch Fork Winners SC Common Good Project.jpgThis photo includes students at Dutch Fork Middle School who were winners in our first state-wide South Carolinians for the Common Good Multimedia History Project. They were recognized by their community at a district school board meeting in June.
CI Board Meeting Library Display Online Museum.jpgMembers of our supportive foundational advisory board were able to get a big picture of our slowly evolving online museum about Ben Robertson's life and legacy. Here you can see the main page of the online museum projected on the BIG SCREEN.
Open Traveling Trunk.jpgThis Traveling Trunk related to Ben Robertson's coverage of the Battle of Britain made its way to J.L. Mann high school this spring. It's loaded with books, music, CDs, DVD, historic artifacts, games and so much more. Students and the teacher reported that they loved learning about the Ben Robertson and the Battle of Britain through this educational offering.
Legacy Day Michelle and Student Govt Leader .jpgOur Ben Robertson Society CI team members set up a table for Legacy Day. Note our official logo on the banner and our Traveling Trunk Museum that we send to various middle and secondary schools in the upstate--it relates to Ben Robertson's coverage of the Battle of Britain.
Our Ben Robertson Society Bi-Annual Meeting with Foundation Advisory BoardOur Creative Inquiry team meets twice a year with our CU foundation advisory board. Here you see our extended agenda and our brochure for the South Carolinians for the Common Good Multimedia History project that we launched within SC schools.
CI Students Sport Ben Robertson Society T-ShirtsBen Robertson, Jr., the Clemson alumni that our Creative Inquirers honor through their research and outreach, had a keen sense of history. The quote on the Ben Robertson Society t-shirts captures a bit of this sentiment.
electronicflyer2.pdfHere is our electronic flyer for our first statewide contest to honor Ben Robertson's life and legacy. Many 8th graders throughout the state participated. 

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