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Science of Civil War topic of USC spring lecture series

Did you know that the Civil War was captured with 3-D photography? Or that at the Battle of Bull Run more than 8,000 bullets were fired for each man killed? That a good surgeon could amputate a limb in 10 minutes?

The University of South Carolina Citizens’ School for Science and Technology is hosting a seven-week public lecture series -- Thursdays, March 3 – April 14 -- that will explore the science and technology of the Civil War.

The series is offered in partnership with the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum and the Institute of Southern Studies in USC’s College of Arts and Sciences. Lectures will take place 7- 9 p.m. in Room 102 in USC’s Sumwalt College, located at 1212 Greene St. The cost is $40 per person, which covers reading materials that accompany each lecture.

Advance registration is required. Contact Katie Walker at or Dr. Allison Marsh at 803-777-0041 to register and for a series schedule.

The lecture series opens March 3 with an introduction to the Civil War by USC historian Dr. Lacy Ford, whose recent book, “Deliver Us from Evil,” was called “required reading for anyone interested in the development of Southern society” by The New York Times.

Each lecture will feature a specific aspect of science or technology related to the Civil War. Topics include the Hunley, photography, medical care, weaponry, fortifications and textiles. Two sessions will be held at the Confederate Relic Room to offer participants a behind-the-scenes look at the museum's collections of Civil War textiles and weapons.

The Citizens’ School is for anyone who wants to explore the impact of science and technology on society. It began as an outreach program of the College of Arts and Sciences for the public to learn about emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, the environment, and fuel cell and hydrogen technology.

Founded in 1896, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is the oldest history museum in the state. The museum focuses on South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to the present. It is located in the Columbia Mills Building, a building it shares with the SC State Museum.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 02/14/11 @ 3:45 PM | Updated: 03/15/11 @ 5:43 PM | Permalink

Science and Technology of the Civil War

  • What: Lecture series sponsored by Citizens’ School for Science and Technology
  • When: Thursdays, March 3 – April 14
  • Where: Sumwalt College, Room 102



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