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History Center

The History Center was created to nurture scholarship, promote scholarly communication, engage local communities, further development goals of the college and university, and raise the department visibility and enhance its reputation in the historical profession. 



Upcoming History Center 2020 Events

Free and Open to the Public



Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Event Title: Strategies and Survival Techniques for Teaching History: The TA Discussion Section and Beyond
Time: Noon-1:00 p.m.
Location: Gambrell 217


Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Event Title: Graduate Work in Progress: Andrew Walgren
‘Crazed for Music’: Wartime Federal Music Programs and the Development of a National Musical Audience, 1917-1919
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gambrell 217



February 6-7, 2020
Visiting Scholar: Laurent Dubois
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Musical Passages: African Music in the Atlantic World
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: W. W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, 1014 Greene St., Columbia
Based upon the interdisciplinary scholarship of Laurent Dubois (Department of History, Duke University), Mary Caton Lingold (English, Virginia Commonwealth University), and David Garner (School of Music, UofSC), "Musical Passages" explores the impact of African music and musicians upon Atlantic cultures of music since the 17th century. The event draws upon the trio's digital history website,, as well as Dubois' recent publication, The Banjo: America's African Instrument. The audience will be treated to a short public lecture combined with musical performances of early African-Atlantic music by UofSC School of Music students and local musicians.
Friday, February 7, 2020
Doing Interdisciplinary History: A Conversation with Laurent Dubois
Time: Noon-1:30 p.m.
Location: Close-Hipp 535 (Lori made placeholder reservation; must be confirmed January 20th)
Laurent DuBois is a specialist on the history and culture of the Atlantic World with a focus on the Caribbean and particularly Haiti. He is the author of The Banjo: America's African Instrument (Harvard University Press, 2016), Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (Metropolitan Books, 2012), and Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France (University of California Press, 2010).




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