Virtual Symposium - Carolina-Barbados Connection
November 13-14, 2020
The fall of 2020 mark 350s years of the historical connection between the Carolinas and Barbados – representing migration from Barbados and the beginning of slavery in the Carolinas. This conference commemorates 350 of years of this connection and explores the historical and contemporary connections between Barbados and the Carolinas.
IAAR Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Noon
Please join us for a conversation about COVID-19 and the African American community with Dr. Ramon Jackson and Alada Shinault-Small as they discuss the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC) and the Black Carolinians Speak:
Portraits of a Pandemic Project.
“The goal of this initiative—Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic—is to gather first person testimonies, letters, music, images, art and other documents that capture the experiences of African Americans in South Carolina during the global pandemic of 2020. Unlike earlier pandemics, such as the 1918 Spanish Flu, we have a unique opportunity to share and preserve stories documenting how African Americans in South Carolina lived, connected, loved, found hope, and survived a public health crisis.” – Project website
Event: Lecture, Art Presentation, and Discussion (via Zoom)
August 31, 2020
Hurricane Katrina 15 Years Later and the Artwork of JRenee: Race, Injustice, and Memories of Home (part of the CAS Justice Theme Semester)
On August 29, 2005, the levees broke in New Orleans, LA following Hurricane Katrina, and flooded much of the city. What unfolded over the next few days was a national catastrophe involving destruction and displacement. Jennifer “JRenee” Johnson is an internationally renowned reverse glass artist from New Orleans. She left New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina and eventually settled in the Columbia, SC area. Some of her artwork reflects life in New Orleans, history and culture, and the impact the hurricane had on people as they were displaced. She will discuss memories of home, the significance of Hurricane Katrina, and how she keeps New Orleans culture and traditions alive in her work.
Lunch and Learn Series (Spring 2020)
January 29, 2020
“Civil Rights Comics: From Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story to the March Trilogy”
Qiana Whitted, Director of African American Studies and Professor of English