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2019 Past Events


Thursday, January 17, Noon-1:00pm

Faculty Works In Progress: Matt Childs

“The Historiography of Religion and Slavery in the Atlantic World: Creolizing Black Christianity over Africanizing the Religious History of the Enslaved”

Location: Gambrell 217

Commenters: Carol Harrison and Mark Smith


Wednesday, January 23, 3:30-4:30 pm         

Researching and Writing Civil Rights History: A Roundtable with Judge Richard Gergel

Location: Gambrell 217

Gergel is the author of Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring (2019)



Wednesday, January 23, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Public Talk: Unexampled Courage - A Conversation with Judge Richard Gergel

Location: School of Law Auditorium, 1525 Senate Street, Columbia

Commenters: Arman Derfner, I.S. Leevy Johnson

Cosponsored by the University of South Carolina School of Law, the History Center, and Historic Columbia. Reception to follow.

Note: This is a ticketed event. Visit to register and purchase
an advance copy of Unexampled Courage. Books will
also be for sale at the event.



Sunday, February 3, 2:00-3:30pm

King Solomon’s Table with Joan Nathan

Location: Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 N. Trenholm Rd, Columbia

Nathan is the author of King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World (2017). Cosponsored by Historic Columbia and the History Center.

Note: This is a ticketed event. Historic Columbia Members - $15 General Public - $20. For tickets visit Department of History faculty, staff, and graduate students planning to attend should email Jillian Hinderliter for a registration code to waive the price of admission.


Wednesday, February 6, 3:30-5:00pm

Visiting Scholar Lecture: Kevin Dawson

“History Below the Waterline: Enslaved Salvage Divers and the Hinter-Sea Production of Colonial Capital”

Location: Gambrell 431

Dawson is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Merced and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Group.  He is author of Undercurrents of Power:  Aquatic Culture in the African Diaspora (Penn Press 2018). Cosponsored by the Walker Institute African Studies Program, the Institute for African-American Research, and the History Center.


Wednesday, February 13, 3:30-5:00pm

Visiting Scholar Lecture: Jane Mangan

“Between Obligation & Sentiment:  Family, Love, and the Law in Sixteenth-Century Peru”

Location: Gambrell 431

Jane E. Mangan is the Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of History and Latin American Studies at Davidson College.  She is author co-author, and editor of five books, including Transatlantic Obligations: Creating the Bonds of Family in Conquest-Era Peru and Spain (Oxford 2016), which won the American Historical Association’s Friedrich Katz Prize for the best book on Latin American History. Cosponsored by the Walker Institute Latin American Studies Program and the History Center.


Thursday, February 21, 6:00pm   

Faculty Spotlight: Nicole Maskiell

Public Lecture: “‘Good Enough to Suckle the Child': Breastmilk, Motherhood and the Creation of Race”           

Location: The Skyline Room of the Tapp’s Arts Center, 1644 Main St, Columbia

Cash bar available. Light refreshments will be served.


Wednesday, February 27, Time: TBA

Visiting Scholar Lecture: Lisa Lindsay

Location: TBA

Lindsay is the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor and Department Chair in the Department of History at UNC Chapel Hill. She is the author of Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth Century Odyssey from America to Africa (2017). Cosponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, the African Studies Program, and the History Center.


Thursday, February 28, 6:00-8:00pm

History Center Visiting Scholar: Douglas Winiarski

Public Lecture: “Death by Pancakes and Other Incidents in the History of New Light Evangelicalism”

Location: Nursing Rm 127 (To Be Confirmed)

Winiarski is a Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at the University of Richmond. He is the 2018 Bancroft Prize winner for Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England (2017).



Friday, March 1, Noon-1:00pm

State of the Field: The Meaning of Religion in History

Location: Gambrell 217

Participants: Christine Ames, Adam Schor and Douglas Winiarski (University of Richmond)

Moderator: Kay Edwards


Wednesday, March 20, 11:30am - 12:30pm

Graduate Research in Progress: Civil Rights History

Location: South Carolina Political Collections Seminar Room, Hollings Library (within Thomas Cooper Library)

Participants: Robert Greene, Maurice Robinson, Emily Martin, Jeff Williams

Moderator:  Bobby Donaldson  

Cosponsored by Center for Civil Rights History & Research and the History Center


Monday, March 25, 6:00pm

Visiting Scholar Lecture: Elliott Gorn

Location: Carolina Room, The Inn at USC

Gorn is the Joseph A. Gagliano Chair in American Urban History at Loyola University Chicago and the author of Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till (2018). Cosponsored by the Institute for Southern Studies and the History Center.


Wednesday, April 3, 4:00 p.m.-5:00pm

Graduate Works in Progress: Lewis Eliot

Working Title: "The Christmas Rebellion and the Religiosity of British Racism"

Location: Gambrell 217


Wednesday, April 10, 3:30-4:30pm

Visiting Scholar Book Talk: David Silkenat on Raising the White Flag

Silkenat is a senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. His most recent book Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War will be released in April 2019. His other works include Driven from Home: North Carolina's Refugee Crisis (2016).
Location: Gambrell 217


Monday, April 15, Noon-1:00pm                             

Graduate Works in Progress: Andrew Gutkowski

Dissertation Working Title: “Reclaiming Nature and Community: The Evolution of Environmental (In)-Justice in the Industrial South, 1945 – 1990”

Location: Gambrell 217


Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 pm-8:00pm

State of the Field: Women’s and Gender History

Location: Spigner House

Participants: Alexandra Bethlenfalvy, Melissa DeVelvis, Jillian Hinderliter, Patrick O’Brien

Moderator: Woody Holton



Thursday, September 26, 2019

History Center Annual Lecture in Political History

Elaine Weiss on The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Auditorium, Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29201

Book sale and signing to follow lecture. Cosponsored by Richland Library and Historic Columbia.


Friday, September 27, 2019

Women and the Right to Vote: A Conversation with Marjorie Spruill and Elaine Weiss

Time: Noon-2:00 p.m.

Location: Hampton-Preston House, Historic Columbia, 1615 Blanding Street, Columbia

Moderated by Dr. Laura R. Woliver. Book sale and signing to follow lecture. Cosponsored by the History Center, Historic Columbia, and the League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area. These events are part of a yearlong series commemorating the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment.



Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Story Behind the Story: 

What the Sesquicentennial State Park Project Reveals About Public History

Time: Noon-1:00 p.m.

Location: Gambrell Hall 217


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Graduate Work in Progress: Don Polite

“Arturo Schomburg: Caribbean Unrest as the Foundation of Racial Uplift Politics”

Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Gambrell Hall 217



Monday, November 4, 2019

Visiting Scholar: Tim Lockley (University of Warwick)

“The British Army and the [Poly]genesis of 19th Century American Race Theory”

Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: Gambrell 217


Monday, November 11, 2019

History Center Faculty Spotlight: Tom Brown

“The Art of the American War Memorial”

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Columbia Museum of Art Auditorium, 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

Lecture cosponsored by Historic Columbia and venue partner Columbia Museum of Art.


Thursday, November 21, 2019 (Postponed until Spring 2020) 

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 Hall 217


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