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History Center

Thursday, April 19-20th, 2018
Symposium: Reconstruction’s Legacy: The History and Contemporary Significance of the Fourteenth Amendment:
Cosponsors: Historic Columbia, Center for Civil Rights History and Research, USC School of Law, SC African American Heritage Foundation Cosponsored with Historic Columbia, as culminating event of series commemorating the 150th anniversary of Reconstruction

The History Center was created to nurture scholarship, promote scholarly communication, engage local communities, further development goals of the college and university, and raise the department visibility and enhance its reputation in the historical profession. 



Upcoming Events


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

Reconstruction’s Legacy: The History and Contemporary Significance of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Thursday & Friday, April 19-20th, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 6 p.m.
Chapelle Auditorium, Allen University
Keynote: Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor, Harvard Law School

Friday, April 20
South Carolina State Museum: The Vista Room
9:00 a.m.: Continental breakfast and book signing
10:00-11:30: The Fourteenth Amendment: Reconstruction to the 1964
Civil Rights Act
Moderator: Randall Kennedy
Margaret Burnham: University Distinguished Professor of Law at Northeastern
University and director, Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project
Richard Gergel, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court, District of S.C.
Patricia Sullivan, Professor of History, University of South Carolina
Michael Vorenberg, Associate Professor of History, Brown University

Noon: Lunch  

Keynote Speaker: David Levering Lewis, Julius Silver University Professor and Professor of History, New York University
Reflections on the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.E.B. Du Bois

1:30 to 3:00: The Fourteenth Amendment: Legacy and current challenges
Moderator:  Blair Kelley, Associate Professor of History, North Carolina State University
Deb Ellis, founder, End the Pay Gap; former adjunct professor, Sex Discrimination Law, NYU School of Law.  
Nekki Schutt, partner, Burnette, Schutt, & Mc Daniel, Columbia SC
Lewis Steel, Senior Counsel, Outten & Golden, NY





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