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USC to launch History Center

South Carolina, a state known for its fierce love of history, will be home to a center at the University of South Carolina that will make prominent speakers and scholars available to students and the public.

Gary Gerstle
Gary Gerstle
Julie Hardwick
Julie Hardwick

In the last decade, history centers have opened at many universities around the country, including two in the South: University of Texas (2007) and Vanderbilt University (2009). The focus of each center varies, from bringing speakers to campus and offering public programs to fostering interaction between scholars and students. Most centers feature annual themes to galvanize interest.

The History Center in USC’s College of Arts and Sciences, to be directed by history professor Dr. Lawrence Glickman, will offer a variety of programming for the public and academic activities for scholars and students.

“The History Center will ratchet up the offerings for history-minded scholars at the university and in the community,” Glickman said. “Exciting speakers and activities will raise the historical literacy of the history department, the university as a whole and the community.”

The History Center will begin the year with two public talks featuring two directors who will discuss the establishment of history centers at their respective universities. A session for questions and discussion will follow both talks.

Dr. Julie Hardwick of the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas will speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, in Gambrell Hall, Room 152. Dr. Gary Gerstle, director of the Vanderbilt History Seminar, will speak at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, in Gambrell Hall Room 152.

“We want to explore the potential of our new History Center by gaining insights and guidance from those who launched successful centers,” Glickman said. “We hope students and faculty across campus and history enthusiasts from the public will be inspired and educated by our programming.”

USC’s History Center has chosen “Wars End/Aftermaths” as its first theme for a lecture series.

Throughout the spring 2011 semester a series of speakers will visit campus and give public talks and seminars on topics that include the demobilization of soldiers, war and memory, war crimes and postcolonial conflict. The series will kick off on Jan. 19, when Dr. Dan Reiter, chairman of the political science department at Emory University and author of “How Wars End” (2009) will give a public lecture. Another highlight will be the visit of the well-known presidential historian Dr. Robert Dallek for a public lecture on March 3.

For more information about the History Center, contact the Center Office at 803-777-6172 or via e-mail at or Michael Woods, a graduate assistant at the center at

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 08/11/10 @ 2:25 PM | Updated: 09/14/10 @ 8:41 AM | Permalink

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