University of Charleston

University of Charleston

UC will honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr with a day of very special events for UC students, faculty, and staff.

Carri Twigg, Co-founder and Head of Development for Culture House Media, a production company that specializes in storytelling about the urgent cultural questions confronting America and the world, will participate in a fireside chat with UC Provost Dan Silber to discuss the legacy of Dr. King, current issues related to identity and contemporary culture, and the ways the choices we make shape our identities. (Ms. Twigg’s biography is below.)

Other events include lunch table discussions on a variety of topics and a Unity Walk on Monday evening at 5:00 p.m. The walk will start at the UC Innovation Center and proceed to the riverbank lawn. UC students will offer their reflections on the legacy of Dr. King.

The University will also celebrate its annual “Enlightened Living Days” event on Tuesday, January 16, and Wednesday, January 17, with discussions and other sessions that cover topics that include disability awareness, yoga, and the history and significance of henna. There will be a showing of “The Green Book” movie, and the UC Riverfront Dining Hall will serve ethnic food options all three days.

This programming is designed to honor the university’s mission of educating students for “a life of productive work, enlightened living, and community involvement” and to help the UC campus community learn about important issues, foster compassion, and deepen connections to others.


Carri Twigg Biography

Carri Twigg is Co-founder and Head of Development for Culture House Media, a Black, Brown, women-owned, premium film and TV production services and immersive experiences company that specializes in storytelling about the cultural questions that shape society, politics, and identity.

Before her incredibly successful pivot to media, Carri spent 15 years working at every level of American politics and government. Working for the Governor of Ohio to the then United States Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama, Carri saw up close and around the country how storytelling is the fundamental ingredient to a successful campaign of any kind. Carri went on to serve in the Obama White House as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Public Engagement for then Vice President Biden.

Current series from Culture House include Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip Hop, a Netflix worldwide Top Ten series, and past series include The Hair Tales for Hulu and OWN and Growing Up for Disney+. Carri also leads Culture House’s consultancy work, collaborating with major studios like Paramount Pictures, and creatives to ensure their projects are culturally productive.

In 2022, Carri was appointed by President Biden to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts and the Kennedy Center board, where she will advise the administration and the Kennedy Center on diversifying national programming and arts funding. Carri has been a featured speaker at SXSW, TEDx Women, Boston College, Goldman Sachs, The Aspen Institute, and many more.

Areas of expertise:

  • Intersectional Storytelling: how to bridge racial, ethnic, gender, and generational difference to tell a cohesive and impactful narrative
  • Our role in shaping the identity of America
  • How stories can change the world
  • Finding your authentic voice
  • Tedx: Our Role in Shaping the Next American Identity