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January 

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

February 6-7, 2020
Visiting Scholar: Laurent Dubois
 
Thursday, February 6, 2020 (CANCELLED)
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, musicalpassage.org 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
 
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).

 

January

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 HistoricColumbia.org to register and purchase
an advance copy of Unexampled Courage. Books will
also be for sale at the event.

 

February

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 HistoricColumbia.org/JoanNathan 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).

 

March

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.

April

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

 

September

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.

 

October

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

 

November

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

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”
For More Information and to Register, Visit: http://urbanhistory.org/columbia2018


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

Thursday, April 19-20th, 2018
Symposium: Reconstruction’s Legacy: The History and Contemporary Significance of the Fourteenth Amendment:
Presented with Historic Columbia
The symposium marks the culmination of the History Center’s two year-long series, America’s Reconstruction Era and Its Legacies: Explorations in Race, Democracy, Citizenship and Rights. 

The Fourteenth Amendment was enacted in 1868 in the wake of the Civil War to secure the freedom of formerly enslaved African Americans by guaranteeing basic rights of citizenship and equality before the law. It was the cornerstone of Reconstruction, became the foundation of the Civil Rights Movement, and has been central to the expansion of full constitutional rights and protections for all American citizens. Leading scholars and historians will participate in the symposium, which will consider the rich history surrounding the Fourteenth Amendment and provide a public forum for discussing the amendment’s contemporary meaning and significance.

The symposium will include a tribute to W.E.B. Du Bois, who was born in 1868 and died on the eve of the 1963 March on Washington. On Friday, April 20, David Levering Lewis will deliver a keynote address, reflecting on the 150th anniversary of Du Bois’s birth and the significance of his history in the decades long struggle of African Americans to secure the guarantees of legal equality and citizenship. Professor Lewis has written a two-volume biography of W.E.B. Du Bois; each was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for biography.

The full schedule for the symposium follows, along with brief biographies of the participants.

Welcome and Keynote 

Thursday, April 19 | 6 – 8 p.m. | Chappelle Auditorium at Allen University

The symposium will open on Thursday evening, April 19, at Allen University’s Chappelle Auditorium with a keynote address by Randall Kennedy on the history of the 14th Amendment.

Dr. Randall Kennedy, the Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School, is a prominent legal scholar, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Dr. Kennedy’s father and uncle, residents of the Waverly Neighborhood, were often in the audience when Marshall spoke at Chappelle, making this a fitting homecoming.

Symposium

Friday, April 20 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | South Carolina State Museum

After a continental breakfast and book signing from 9 - 10 a.m., the Friday morning panel "The 14th Amendment: From Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Act" will be moderated by Randall Kennedy. Participants include:

  • Margaret Burnhamprofessor of law at Northeastern University and director of the Civil Rights Restorative Justice Program. Professor Burnham has written about the limits of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in securing the rights of the criminally accused and in protecting civil rights activists from state-sanctioned violence.
  • Richard Gergel S. District Judge Judge.Judge Gergel has written a biography of Judge J. Waties Waring, federal district court judge whose rulings expanded the application of the 14th amendment in key civil rights cases in South Carolina.
  • Patricia SullivanD., professor of History at the University of South Carolina.Dr. Sullivan has written about Charles Houston and the uses of the 14th Amendment in organizing the legal challenge that culminated in Brown v. Board of Education and provided the foundation for the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Michael VorenbergD., professor of History at Brown University.Dr.Vorenberg is a leading historian of the 14th Amendment.

During lunch at noon, David Levering Lewis will deliver a keynote address at lunch on W.E.B. Du Bois, reflecting on the 150th anniversary of Du Bois’s birth and the significance of Du Bois’s history in the decades-long struggle of African Americans to secure the guarantees of legal equality and citizenship.

The Friday afternoon panel "The Significance of the 14th Amendment to the Rights of American Citizens and Legal Equality" will be moderated by Blair L.M. Kelley, Ph.D. Participants include:

  • Deb Ellisfounder and consultant, End the Pay Gap. Ellis is former adjunct professor focused on sex discrimination and the law at NYU School of Law, and has served as staff attorney at the ACLU Women's Rights Project and legal director at NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.
  • Nekki Shuttpartner, Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, Columbia, SC. Shutt is an attorney specializing in gender, sexuality, disability, race and the law. She has played an active role in the LGBT movement for civil rights.
  • Lewis Steelsenior counsel, Outten & Golden LLP, New York, NY. Steel began his work as a civil rights lawyer in 1963 when he joined Robert L. Carter's legal team at the NAACP. He has worked on a broad range of cases involving discrimination in employment, education, housing, and criminal justice.

 

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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