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Department of History

2020 Past Events


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Strategies and Survival Techniques for Teaching History:

The TA Discussion Section and Beyond

Time: Noon-1:00 p.m.

Location: Gambrell 217


This workshop will explore two facets of graduate student teaching: specific, discipline-centered strategies for teaching history; and techniques and survival skills for navigating the demands of teaching. It will focus on face-to-face discussion sections but also include general tips that apply to lectures and course design. It is open to graduate students from the Department of History as well as graduate students in other programs. Workshop leader: Dr. Joshua Grace (Department of History)


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Graduate Work in Progress: Andrew Walgren

“‘Crazed for Music’: Wartime Federal Music Programs and the Development of a National Musical Audience, 1917-1919”

Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Gambrell 217



February 6-7, 2020

Visiting Scholar: Laurent Dubois


Thursday, February 6, 2020 (Rescheduled: February 7, 2020)

Musical Passages: African Music in the Atlantic World

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: W. W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, 1014 Greene St., Columbia


Based upon the interdisciplinary scholarship of Laurent Dubois (Department of History, Duke University), Mary Caton Lingold (English, Virginia Commonwealth University), and David Garner (School of Music, UofSC), "Musical Passages" explores the impact of African music and musicians upon Atlantic cultures of music since the 17th century. The event draws upon the trio's digital history website,, as well as Dubois' recent publication, The Banjo: America's African Instrument. The audience will be treated to a short public lecture combined with musical performances of early African-Atlantic music by UofSC School of Music students and local musicians.



Friday, February 7, 2020

Doing Interdisciplinary History: A Conversation with Laurent Dubois

Time: Noon-1:30 p.m.

Location: Close-Hipp 535


Laurent DuBois is a specialist on the history and culture of the Atlantic World with a focus on the Caribbean and particularly Haiti. He is the author of The Banjo: America's African Instrument (2016), Haiti: The Aftershocks of History(2012), and Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France (2010).


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Visiting Scholar: John Israel on “Historiography and China’s Destiny”

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Gambrell 431


Looking back on his 65-year-long encounter with China, University of Virginia Professor Emeritus John Israel reflects on how views of history determine the way we see China, the way the Chinese see themselves, and the choices their leaders make in shaping the country’s present and future. John Israel’s publications include Lianda: A Chinese University in War and Revolution (1998).



Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Graduate Work in Progress: Madeline Steiner

“The Robber Barons of Show Business: Traveling Amusements and the Development of the American Entertainment Industry, 1870-1910”

Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Gambrell 217


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