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Media & Civil Rights History Symposium

The Media & Civil Rights History Symposium is a biennial scholarly conference hosted and sponsored by the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

About the Symposium

The Symposium brings together scholars who work at the transdisciplinary intersection of media and civil rights history. The Symposium welcomes scholars from various disciplines and invites work that approaches civil rights and media history from a range of contexts, perspectives, and periods. The Symposium embraces the broad range of possible meanings of  “civil rights” and all local, national, and transnational historical experiences. We are particularly interested in being a welcoming and supportive training ground for graduate students and junior scholars. We strive to embrace methodological diversity in terms of research and paper presentations and to promote transdisciplinary engagement and understanding.

The Symposium has historically been held in the spring beginning on a Thursday evening and concluding on Saturday evening. The inaugural Media & Civil Rights History Symposium was held in March 2011. 

A keynote luncheon on Friday is a highlight of the gathering. In the past, our keynote speaker has been a book author who gives not only the keynote lecture but also a free public talk in Columbia the same night.

Previous keynote speakers:

  • 2015 - Peniel Joseph - Stokely: A Life
  • 2013 - Katherine Mellen Charron - Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark
  • 2011 - Isabel Wilkerson - The Warmth of Other Suns

Another highlighted event is the Farrar Award lecture, given by the winner of the Ronald T. and Gayla D. Farrar Award for Media & Civil Rights History. 

 The call for papers, panel proposals, and award nominees is issued at the beginning of the fall semester preceding the Symposium. 

Contact Us

Christopher Frear
Media & Civil Rights History Symposium
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208