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Media & Civil Rights History Symposium

The Media & Civil Rights History Symposium will be held at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications April 2-4, 2015. This biennial event brings together civil rights and media historians to share historical knowledge on the vital relationships between civil rights and various types of public communication. We welcome scholars from various disciplines, and we invite work that approaches civil rights and media history from a range of local/ national/transnational contexts, perspectives, and periods.

Program Outline

See an outline of the Symposium schedule, as well as download a pdf of a detailed agenda.

Register for the Symposium

Register for the Symposium at South Carolina's university marketplace. The Symposium registration fee is $125.00 prior to March 1, 2015. After March 1, the registration fee is $150.00. The on-site registration fee is $175.00. Connect to the Registration Marketplace.

Book your hotel room

The Inn at USC is the official hotel for the 2015 Media & Civil Rights History Symposium. To receive the conference rate of $120/night, please book your room by calling the Inn at 803-779-7779 and using our group code MCRHS. Breakfast and Wi-Fi are included with this rate. This special symposium rate is available only until March 2, so book quickly! 

Book your flight

Columbia Metropolitan Airport is our city’s airport (airport code CAE). The closest major airport is Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) about 90 miles away. An independent shuttle service offers roundtrip transportation between Charlotte Douglas International and Columbia ($55 per person, each way). Other nearby regional airports include Augusta Regional Airport (AGS, 75 miles), Charleston International Airport (CHS, 95 miles), Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP, 105 miles), and Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR, 150 miles). Multiple providers offer taxi service from Columbia Metropolitan Airport to downtown for about $15-$20. Ground transportation options are available from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Plan your visit

Columbia offers many opportunities for entertainment. The Inn at USC is situated on the northeast corner of campus within walking distance of the Horseshoe, the historic center of campus. See map (pdf). The Congaree Vista district, a vibrant redeveloped industrial region of the city, is home to shopping, nightclubs, restaurants, and the South Carolina State Museum. More information about the Columbia metropolitan area will be available at the conference.

About the Symposium

The special focus of the 2015 Media & Civil Rights History Symposium is on the role of media in black power struggles, in keeping with the Symposium’s first-ever theme: "Black Power, Political Imagination, and the Media." 

Contact Us

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