Public Lecture

Posted on January 19, 2011

African Nations & Ethnic Identity in the Mina Coast & in Brazil: An Atlantic Comparative Approach

Thursday January 20, 2011
6 PM
Avery Research Center, 125 Bull Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Dr. Luis Nicolau Pares, a visiting professor from Universidade Federal da Bahia and National Humanities Center Fellow, will present his research on the origin of some African ethnic groups currently living in Brazil and the Americas, and draw similarities in their methods of worship and way of life. Luis Nicolau Parés has a Ph.D. in Afro-Brazilian Religion from the University of London.

Faculty Seminar – Harlan Greene

The Holloways: Legacy of an American Family

Faculty Seminar Series: Harlan Greene, Archivist, Special Collections

Friday, January 21, 2011
3:15 PM
Addlestone Library, Room 227, 205 Calhoun Street

“The Holloways: Legacy of an American Family.” Free people of color have always occupied an intriguing place in Southern and Charleston history. Locally, the Holloway family was one of the most pre-eminent free people of color clans. Although the brick and stone memorials they erected to their family and their class have been destroyed, a fragile paper scrapbook survives. Housed at the Avery Research Center and recently restored, the volume created in the early 20th century not only documents their social, legal, cultural and slave owning activities before the civil war, but dramatically shows how the family’s status declined in the Jim Crow era. The scrapbook, an attempt to shape historical memory, is not only a memorial but a plea sent out to future historians to not erase the Holloways and their class from history, something they saw happening – and which inspired the scrapbook’s creation. Harlan Greene, former Director of Archival and Reference services at Avery, now Senior Manuscript and Reference Archivist at Addlestone Library, will share his observations regarding the scrapbook and the article based on it in a forthcoming in the

Public Lecture

Posted on November 16, 2010

The Slave Body in the World of Southern Medicine

Thursday November 18, 2010
6 PM
Avery Research Center, 125 Bull Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Dr. Stephen Kenny, Lecturer, University of Liverpool, UK will discuss the development of professional medicine in the Old South, especially the role of slave patients and the uses of slave bodies in that process. This lecture is co-sponsored by Avery Research Center, CLAW, and the Waring Historical Library.

Lecture and Book Signing

Posted on November 1, 2010

Gullah Memories Behind God’s Back

Thursday November 4, 2010
7-8 PM
Addlestone Library, 205 Calhoun Street, room 227

Herb Frazier, a freelance writer based in Charleston, is the author of
Gullah Memories Behind God’s Back, which is published by the Evening
Post Publishing Company. The book, a collection of stories from black
and white residents of the Cainhoy, Wando and Huger communities and St.
Thomas and Daniel islands, is a compilation of accounts of the
experiences of Gullah people who struggled after Emancipation, through
the Depression and into the middle of the twentieth century to maintain
their African-based lifestyles in rural communities near Charleston.
This event is co-sponsored by the Addlestone Friends of the Library.

Faculty Seminar Series

Posted on October 15, 2010

Faculty Seminar Series: Dr. Edmund L. Drago

Friday, October 29, 2010
3:15 PM
Addlestone Library, Room 227, 205 Calhoun Street

Dr. Edmund L. Drago, Department of History, College of Charleston, “A View of America’s Civil War Millennial Era through the Perspective of Eliza Fludd, Charleston Prophetess: Gender and Global Implications, 1800-1890.”

View the paper (Do not cite without permission from the author)

Wachovia Lecture

Posted on October 14, 2010

Wachovia Lecture: Dean Hall

Thursday October 14, 2010
7-9 PM
Johnson Center, Room 206, 28 George Street

Associates with Brockington and Associates, a cultural resource management company in Mt. Pleasant, will be giving a public lecture on recent work at Dean Hall Plantation in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Charlie Philips, senior historian, will present the history of Dean Hall Plantation. Andrew Agha, senior archaeologist, will discuss the recent excavations, which uncovered 127,000 artifacts, including 57,000 Colonoware sherds. Nichole Isenbarger, lab supervisor, will discuss the significance of the found artifacts and Colonoware. Analysis of these sherds has helped shed light on the folkways of the enslaved people at Dean Hall plantation.

Crisis and Conflict in the Carolinas

Posted on October 5, 2010

Reminder — October 9-10, 2010


Crisis and Conflict in the Carolinas

CLAW will host a symposium on the two Carolinas during the first quarter of the eighteenth century, “Crisis and Conflict in the Early Carolinas,” on October 9-10, 2010. Approximately one dozen scholars will present work on various topics, including the Yamasee War, the Tuscarora War, the Revolution of 1719, the slave trade, the plantation economy, and piracy. For more information, contact conference conveners Brad Wood of Eastern Kentucky University, Michelle LeMaster of Lehigh University, or local organizer Sandy Slater of the College of Charleston.

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Lecture and Book Signing

Posted on September 24, 2010

Lowcountry Time and Tide: The Fall of the South Carolina Rice Kingdom

Thursday September 30, 2010
7-9 PM
Avery Research Center, 125 Bull Street

James H. Tuten, a lowcountry native and College of Charleston graduate, opens this study with an overview of the history of rice culture in South Carolina through the Reconstruction era and then focuses on the industry’s manifestations and decline from 1877 to 1930. Tuten offers a close study of changes in agricultural techniques and tools during the period and demonstrates how adaptive and progressive rice planters became despite their conservative reputations. He also explores the cultural history of rice both as a foodway and a symbol of wealth in the lowcountry, used on currency and bedposts. Tuten concludes with a thorough treatment of the lasting legacy of rice culture, especially in terms of the environment, the continuation of rice foodways and iconography, and the role of rice and rice plantations in the modern tourism industry.

Call for Papers

Posted on September 1, 2010

Civil War – Global Conflict

March 3 – 5, 2011

In 2011, the United States will observe the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. To mark this important anniversary the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World at the College of Charleston will host an international conference considering the war as an event of global significance. Examining the causes, passage, and consequences of the war in an international context promises to break from the divisive and narrow focus on the war as a sectional conflict fought in an America whose existence is seen as entirely separate from the rest of the world. The conference will therefore examine:

œ    the role of international currents of thought (political, racial, ethical, religious), international economic pressures, and international political alignments leading to the war;

œ    international support and opposition, as well as diplomatic efforts during the war;

œ    international consequences both during and after the war (e.g., who took advantage of the destruction of cotton and rice production? Who learned what from military, communication technology, etc.?); and

œ    commemoration and memorialization of the war beyond America’s borders (i.e., how the war has come to be remembered around the world in political movements, in fictional representations, in popular culture, toys, etc.).

We invite scholars to submit proposals for individual papers and panels that might address such questions as:

œ    How did the Union and Confederacy operate in the diplomatic sphere?

œ    How did the rest of the world view the conflict?

œ    What did Americans, particularly South Carolinians, think of international attitudes toward the United and Confederate States?

œ    What did Americans living abroad think of the conflict?

œ    What impact did Confederate exiles/colonies have on their host countries?

œ    What impact did American Emancipation have on slavery in Latin America, Africa etc.?

œ    How did the Civil War influence world views of the U.S., particularly the South, and how did Unionists/Confederates see themselves in the world?

œ    How is the Civil War remembered and recreated internationally in literature, film, and in popular memorabilia?

œ    How did international religious alliances play into the conflict and its representations?

Keynote speakers include Richard Blackett (Vanderbilt University), Joan Cashin (Ohio State University), James McPherson (Princeton University), and E.B. Rugemer (Yale University). Since the conference is the College of Charleston’s opening academic event in a broader, four-year-long commemoration of the war, there will be a number of subsidiary events going on in and around Charleston that participants will find of interest.

As with previous successful CLAW program events the conference will be run in a seminar style: accepted participants will be expected to send completed papers to the organizers two months in advance of the conference itself (by January 5th, 2011) for circulation via password-protected site.  At the conference itself presenters will talk for no more than ten minutes about their paper, working on the assumption that everyone has read the paper itself.  This arrangement means that papers may be considerably lengthier and more carefully argued than the typical 20-minute presentation; and it leads to more substantive, better informed discussion. It also generally allows us to move quite smoothly toward publication of a selection of essays.

Proposals for individual papers should be between 300 and 500 words, and should be accompanied by a brief biographical statement indicating institutional affiliation, research interests, and relevant publishing record.  Please e-mail your proposal to or send by mail to: “Civil War – Global Conflict” Organizing Committee, c/o CLAW Program, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001 before September 5th, 2010.

If you wish to send a proposal for a 3- or 4-person panel, please send a 300 to 500-word proposal describing the panel as a whole as well as proposals for each of the individual papers, along with biographical statements for each of the presenters. The organizers reserve the right to accept individual papers from panel proposals, to break up panels, and to add papers to panels.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by October 5th, 2010.

Organizing Committee:

Simon Lewis (CLAW); Lee Drago (History); Adam Mendelsohn (Jewish Studies); Scott Peeples (English); Bernard Powers (History); Lisa Randle (CLAW); John White (CLAW) [all College of Charleston]; O. Vernon Burton (Coastal Carolina University); David Gleeson (Northumbria University, UK); Valinda Littlefield (University of South Carolina)