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History Center

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 History Center 2020 Events

Free and Open to the Public

Fall 2020 Events


Thursday-Friday, November 19-20, 2020
Women, Voting, and Politics: Reflections on a Century of Women’s Suffrage

In commemoration of the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment USC’s History Center and Historic Columbia are co-sponsoring a symposium, “Women, Voting and Politics: Reflections on a Century of Women’s Suffrage” on November 19-20, 2020. The symposium will feature leading historians and a path-breaking woman jurist. Organized around an evening keynote and two panel discussions the following day, the symposium aims to foster discussion of the history and politics surrounding the passage of the 19th amendment, the ways in which women voters and political figures have shaped American politics and democracy over the past century, and current challenges and opportunities for women as voters, activists, and elected officials.


Thursday, November 19, 2020
Opening Keynote Lecture by Blanche Wiesen Cook

“Eleanor Roosevelt: Women, Power, and Human Rights. A Century of Struggle and Hope”

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: To be Announced

Born in 1884, Eleanor Roosevelt was 36 years old when the suffrage amendment passed and became one of the most notable and influential women in national politics from the 1930s until her death in 1962. Blanche Wiesen Cook, Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the City University of New York, spent twenty-five years working on her 3-volume biography of ER. She will share fresh insights on Roosevelt in relation to the suffrage movement, the struggle to expand rights, and the changing roles of women in American political life. A question and answer period will follow the lecture. Cook’s comments will help inform the discussions that will follow on Friday in the panel sessions.


Friday, November 20, 2020
Women, Voting, and Politics: Reflections on a Century of Women’s Suffrage Panels

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location: To be Announced

Please check back for more information about Friday panels and the luncheon keynote talk. 

Please note: If you are a Department of History student or faculty member, contact Jillian Hinderliter at for more information about registration.

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