Catherine Fleming Bruce
Catherine, the owner of the Visanska-Starks House, is completing her doctoral dissertation in Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina. Her areas of interest are international norms and principles, global systems and international institutions. She is a member of the International Association of Media and Communications Research. Her company, Tnovsa/Visanska Starks House, handles grants and special projects, and is a member of the International Coalition of Historic Sites of Conscience. She has worked with a number of international projects, including the Walker Institute “Study with the United States” program with the University of South Carolina, foreign guests of the U.S. State Department, and international Fellows from the Fulbright Scholars program. Catherine participated in the World Summit for the Information Society, a global summit sponsored by the International Telecommunications Union and the United Nations, a subject of her doctoral research. She presented her work at the International Conference on International Norms for the 21st Century, Les Instituts d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) in France. For the Visanska-Starks House in Columbia, South Carolina, she completed research on this landmark site that uniquely combines the history of Antebellum whites, immigrant Jews during the turn of the century, and African Americans on the cusp of World War II. Numerous connections with international composers and musicians were also discovered, providing the property with a global connection. A Historical marker granted by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History was erected in April 2007. Bruce partnered with the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation to begin restoration of the Carriage House, which was featured on HGTV’s “If Walls Could Talk”, in 2008 and 2009.