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Past Events

Past Events

You can see past lectures on our YouTube channel

Monday, September 10, 2018 4:00 p.m.
Room: Gambrell 217
State of the Field
Atlantic History:  What is it? Why did it take off? How long will it be relevant?Moderator: Matt Childs
Participants: Lewis Eliot, Jill Found, Erica Johnson (Asst Prof, Francis Marion University), Antony Keane-Dawes, Nicole Maskiell

Wednesday-Friday, September 19-21, 2018
Visiting Scholar: Mary Beth Norton
Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History, Cornell University
President, American Historical Association


Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Room: McMaster College 214
Address: 1615 Senate Street, Columbia
Public Talk: “The Perils of ‘Fake News’ in 1773: South Carolina and East India Company Tea”


Friday, September 21, 2018 Noon-1:30 p.m.
Room: Gambrell 217
Roundtable with Graduate Students
Including a discussion between Dr. Norton and Dr. Nicole Maskiell, who worked with      Dr. Norton at Cornell University.

Thursday-Sunday, October 18-21, 2018
Location: Hilton Columbia Center (924 Senate St) & U of SC Alumni Center (900 Senate St)
Urban History Conference 
“Cities at the Crossroads”
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Monday, October 29, 2018 4:00 p.m.
Room: Gambrell 217
Award Winning Graduate Research in Progress 
The Atkinson/Wyatt Dissertation Fellowship: Lewis Eliot, “Neither Men nor Brothers: Rebellion and Empire in Britain’s Atlantic World, 1807-1884”

The Smith Richardson Award: Andrew Gutkowski, “Reclaiming Nature and Community: The Evolution of Environmental (In)-Justice in the Industrial South, 1945 – 1990”

The Wilfrid and Rebecca Callcott Award: Jillian Hinderliter, “Our Bodies, Our Jewish Selves:  Jewish Activists of the U.S. Women’s Health Movement, 1968-1988.”


Thursday, November 29, 2018 5:15 p.m.
Room: Gambrell 217
Doing Local History
“Which Stories to Tell?: Designing Congaree National Park’s Historic Resource Study” 
Participants: Jessica Elfenbein, Tom Lekan


Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 (11:00am)
Adam Schor: "Abstract Social Network Modeling and the Rise of Bishops as Early Christian leaders, Work in Progress Series (23rd c. CE)" 
(Gambrell Room 217)

History Center Visiting Scholar
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 (5:00pm - 7:00pm)
Nico Slate (Carnegie Mellon University): “How to Fight Racism: Lessons from Gandhi’s Diet,” Close-Hipp building

Thursday, February 8th, 2018  (9:00 – 10:30AM)
Roundtable discussion with Nico Slate on the research and writing of Colored Cosmopolitanism: The Shared Struggle  for Freedom in the United States and India (Harvard University Press, 2012) Gambrell 217

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 (Noon)

Patrick O’Brien: “‘A Fore Taste of the Joys of Heaven and Almost the Same of the Miseries of Hell’: Loyalist Women and Communities of Suffering in Halifax.”
Works in Progress Series Gambrell Room 217


Monday, March 5th, 2018 (Noon)
Antony Keane-Dawes: “‘There is almost no portion of the spiritual edifice that does not represent rubbish and ruin”: Haiti and the Catholic Church in Santo Domingo.’”Works in Progress Series Gambrell Room 217

Faculty Spotlight Series
Thursday, March 22th, 2018 
Nicole Maskiel: "'Good enough to Suckle the child': Breastmilk, Motherhood and the creation of race.” Venue TBA


Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 (Noon)
Stephanie Gray, Works Progress Administration’s (WPA) 1931-1937 restoration of the Charles A. Lindbergh Boyhood Home and State Park Work in Progress series Gambell Room 217


  • Talk by Dr. Sarah Gardner on Southern Lit and WWII 
  • “The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords” Introduced by Kenneth Campbell
  • “The Murder of Emmett Till” Introduced by Laura Kissel
  • “Freedom Riders”
  • “A Place of Our Own” Introduced by Patricia Sullivan 
  • “Freedom Summer” Introduced by Kent Germany (talk back with Cleveland Sellers)
  • "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"
  • "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities” (talk back with Stanley Nelson)
  • Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Discussion with Stanley Nelson
  • 2017 Media & Civil Rights History Symposium Opening Reception 
  • Keynote speech, 2017 Media & Civil Rights History Symposium 
  • Public showing and discussion of the films of Stanley Nelson
  • Talk by Dr. Sarah Gardner on Southern Lit and WWII Faculty Spotlight Lecture Featuring Associate Professor Thomas Lekan
  • Work in Progress Featuring Assistant Professor Martine Jean
  •  Faculty Spotlight Lecture Featuring Associate Professor Lauren Sklaroff
  • Talk by Dr. Sarah Gardner on Southern Lit and WWII
  •  Martha P. Noonan Public Lecture:"Three Myths of the Civil Rights Movement"
  • Discussion with Civil Rights Activist Martha P. Noonan

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