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USC featured on C-SPAN this weekend

By Megan Sexton,, 803-777-1421

Tune in to C-SPAN this weekend for a visit to Columbia, featuring interviews with University of South Carolina faculty and staff.

BookTV’s Columbia visit will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18, on C-SPAN2, while American History Television’s visit to the capital city will air at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19, on C-SPAN3. You can also watch all of the Columbia interviews here.

C-SPAN’s crew spent a week in Columbia in April, visiting literary and historic sites and interviewing historians, authors and civic leaders.

Among the USC features on American History TV

--Tour the South Carolina State House with John Bryan, retired professor of art and architectural history at USC and author of “Creating the South Carolina State House.” See and hear about the building’s unique structural aspects and learn why the construction of this historic site took nearly a half century.

--Learn about the 1961 case, “Edwards v South Carolina." When 187 peaceful protestors were arrested at the State House in 1961, their case against the state eventually reached the Supreme Court. Bobby Donaldson, associate professor of history at USC, talks about this important piece of Columbia's civil rights history.

--Visit the historic Horseshoe with university archivist Elizabeth West to see some of the buildings and monuments that make up this historic part of campus.

Features on Book TV

--Explore the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy with Elizabeth Sudduth, director of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections in the Hollings Special Collections Library. See portions of this world-class collection of historic astronomy books and documents. Astronomy collector and Columbia resident Robert B. Ariail’s collection includes more than 200 objects dating back to 1730.

--In “Buying Power: A History of Consumer Activism in America,” author and history professor Lawrence Glickman talks about the difference between buying power and political power in America.

--Visit with Kim Jeffcoat, executive director of the S.C. Center for Children’s Books and Literacy, to learn about Young Palmetto Books, a new series of educational South Carolina-focused books for young readers. Published by the USC Press, the series highlights South Carolina writers and subjects, and includes supporting materials for teachers and parents.

--History professor emeritus Walter Edgar, author of “South Carolina: A History,” talks about South Carolina's changing politics, the state's reawakening after World War II, the casualties and victories of an extended civil rights struggle, and the Palmetto State's present economic, educational and political challenges.

--Author and USC history professor emeritus Ken Clements discusses his book, “Woodrow Wilson: World Statesman.”

Posted: 05/15/13 @ 3:00 PM | Updated: 05/19/13 @ 10:13 AM | Permalink