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September 2015

Film Screening: Mississippi: Is This America?

September 4, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

When Tue, September 8, 3:00pm – 4:30pm Where Location TBA (map) Description Screening of “Mississippi: Is This America?” Episode 5 from Eyes on the Prize, the award-winning documentary on the history of the twentieth century civil rights movement. Synopsis: "Mississippi's grass-roots civil rights movement becomes an American concern when college students travel south to help register black voters and three activists are murdered. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenges the regular Mississippi delegation at the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City,"…

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November 2015

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) Conference

November 4, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The College of Charleston's School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs will be hosting the 8th Biennial Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, "African Diaspora Circularities: Forging Communities, Cultures, and Politics." The ASWAD members and affiliates have recognized the great significance of holding this conference in Charleston at this time. ASWAD's official response to the Emanuel murders can be found at the following web address: http://www.aswadiaspora.org/ The African Diaspora is defined in great measure by the movement…

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Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) Conference

November 5, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The College of Charleston's School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs will be hosting the 8th Biennial Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, "African Diaspora Circularities: Forging Communities, Cultures, and Politics." The ASWAD members and affiliates have recognized the great significance of holding this conference in Charleston at this time. ASWAD's official response to the Emanuel murders can be found at the following web address: http://www.aswadiaspora.org/ The African Diaspora is defined in great measure by the movement…

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Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) Conference

November 6, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The College of Charleston's School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs will be hosting the 8th Biennial Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, "African Diaspora Circularities: Forging Communities, Cultures, and Politics." The ASWAD members and affiliates have recognized the great significance of holding this conference in Charleston at this time. ASWAD's official response to the Emanuel murders can be found at the following web address: http://www.aswadiaspora.org/ The African Diaspora is defined in great measure by the movement…

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February 2016

2016 CLAW Conference, “Marronage, Maroonage, and Maroons”

February 5, 2016 @ 8:00 am - February 6, 2016 @ 3:30 pm
Addlestone Library, Room 227, 205 Calhoun Street
Charleston, 29401 United States
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The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program will host an interdisciplinary conference on maroonage from February 5-6, 2016, at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. Dr. Richard Price from the College of William & Mary will deliver a plenary address on the evening of February 5. Five panels of historians, political scientists, anthropologists, and literary critics will discuss their work, and a summative roundtable session led by Dr. Sally Price from the College of William & Mary will conclude…

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Wells Fargo Distinguished Public Lecture Series: CLAW 2016 Conference Keynote Address, Richard Price

February 5, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Addlestone Library, 205 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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Dr. Richard Price, Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the College of William and Mary, is slated to deliver the keynote address on Friday at 5:30pm. He is an exemplary interdisciplinary scholar, with awarded publications in the fields of history, anthropology, human rights, African American studies, and Caribbean studies - to name a few. A reception will precede the address, beginning at 5:00pm. For more information on Dr. Price, please refer to his website: http://www.richandsally.net/

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Avery Brown Bag Series: “The Presentation of the Atlantic Slave Trade in U.S. and Brazilian School Textbooks,” Nafees Khan

February 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, 125 Bull Street
Charleston , SC 29424 United States
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The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was the largest forced migration in human history and is critical to understanding the complexity of the history of slavery and indeed the history of the Atlantic world. This enterprise, based on racism, violence, and greed was responsible for the dispersal of millions of enslaved Africans throughout the Americas. Further, the legacies of the trade, including poverty and racism among others, have remained controversial and salient throughout many national contexts. Unfortunately, the slave trade often only…

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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: “Life Before and After Freedom”

February 20, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road
Charleston , 29414 United States
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Four storytellers with blacksmith, cooking and brickmaking demonstrations at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will present life on a Southern plantation before and after the end of chattel slavery. Following the demonstrations on Feb. 20 award-winning television actress and storyteller Natalie Daise will guide an audience through the development of Araminta Ross as she became the iconic abolitionist and Union Army spy known as Harriet Tubman. Daise’s 60-minute performance, “Becoming Harriet Tubman” at 4:30 p.m. in the Carriage House, will be…

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Charleston County Public Library Lecture: “The Pest House on Sullivan’s Island: A Brief History,” Nic Butler

February 25, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Charleston County Public Library, Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street
Charleston , SC 29401 United States
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From the early colonial era to the 1790s, the quarantine station or “Pest House” on Sullivan’s Island was the first point of landfall for many people coming to South Carolina, especially enslaved Africans. Contrary to popular belief, however, not every arriving vessel was required to deposit its passengers at the Pest House, and some performed quarantine near the island without ever touching the land. During the intense final wave of legal African arrivals in Charleston during the years 1804 through…

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March 2016

South Carolina Historical Society Lecture: “Carolina Rice and Sea Island Cotton: The English Connection,” Richard Porcher

March 1, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
First Baptist Church, 61 Church Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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As a part of the South Carolina Historical Society's Winter 2016 Lecture Series entitled, "This Abundant Land: The Natural and Agricultural History of South Carolina," Dr. Richard Porcher, Professor of Biology at the Citadel and renowned conservationist, will discuss the English connections between two of South Carolina's most lucrative and exploitative crops: rice and cotton. The lecture will be held on Tuesday March 1, from 6-7 p.m at First Baptist Church, 61 Church Street in downtown Charleston. An admission fee is required…

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Avery Public Lecture, Race and Social Justice Initiative: “A Conversation with Marian Wright Edelman”

March 1, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, 125 Bull Street
Charleston , SC 29424 United States
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Co-sponsored by the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative funded by Google, the Women’s Resource Project, Inc., the Charleston County Public Library, the Phillis Wheatley Literary and Social Club, the Sophia Institute, and Sun Trust Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. The Children’s Defense Fund’s Leave…

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Charleston County Public Library Lecture: “The Pest House on Sullivan’s Island: A Brief History,” Nic Butler

March 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Edgar Allan Poe Library, 921 Ion Avenue
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482 United States
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From the early colonial era to the 1790s, the quarantine station or “Pest House” on Sullivan’s Island was the first point of landfall for some people coming to South Carolina, especially enslaved Africans. Contrary to popular belief, however, not every arriving vessel was required to deposit its passengers at the Pest House, and some performed quarantine near the island without ever touching the land. During the intense final wave of legal African arrivals in Charleston during the years 1804 through…

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Avery Brown Bag Series: “Reconstructing America’s Reconstruction Era,” Michael Allen and Ciera Gordan

March 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, 125 Bull Street
Charleston , SC 29424 United States
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“Reconstructing America’s Reconstruction Era,” Michael Allen, National Park Service, and Ciera Gordan, National Park Service Intern and Graduate Student in the College of Charleston‑Citadel History MA Program, Avery Research Center, Avery Research Center, 12-1:15 pm In this presentation, Michael Allen and Ciera Gordon will share their experiences working on the National Park Service Reconstruction Era Theme Study. In 2015, the National Park Service commissioned this project to look at historical sites that played important roles in the period of emancipation…

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CLAW Public Lecture: “Caribbean Women Writers: A Cuban Story,” Nicole Roberts

March 23, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
The Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center at the College of Charleston, Room 233, 96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29424 United States
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Dr. Nicole Roberts, Senior Lecturer, Postgraduate Coordinator, and Head of the Department of Spanish at the University of the West Indies, will give a lecture entitled, "Caribbean Women Writers: A Cuban Story," on Wednesday, March 23rd from 2:00 to 3:15pm.

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Charleston County Public Lecture, “Women’s Rights in Early South Carolina,” Nic Butler

March 23, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Charleston County Public Library, Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street
Charleston , SC 29401 United States
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In honor of Women’s History Month, Dr. Nic Butler will explore the narrow range of legal rights afforded to women in the first two centuries of South Carolina, and the ancient European traditions that constrained the lives of the female half of South Carolina's population. As with all his programs, Butler will include examples of real people whose struggles and successes illuminate our look back at this dim part of South Carolina history.

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Drayton Hall Distinguished Speakers Series: “Curating the Black Atlantic: Race, Memory, and Museum Making,” Jonathan Holloway

March 24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
South Carolina Society Hall, 72 Meeting Street
Charleston, 29401 United States
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Beginning in the 1970s, museum curators began to search for materials and artifacts they could use to interpret the black experience in the Americas. Their efforts flew in the face of previous scholarship that declared that there were almost no artifacts available to understand the black past. Using new technologies, the new generation of curators argued that their predecessors were wrong. Whereas earlier scholars only saw "absence," the post-civil rights curators concluded that they were surrounded by evidence of a…

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Avery Race and Social Justice Initiative Lecture and Book Signing: “American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference,” Bryan Stevenson

March 31, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424 United States
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Co-sponsored by the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative funded by Google, Charleston County Public Library, South Carolina Humanities, the SC Community Loan Fund, SunTrust, the Avery Institute, and the Sophia Institute Through funding support from Starbucks and the Coastal Community Foundation, the Charleston County Public Library will be distributing a limited number of free copies of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson starting February 15th, 2016, at all sixteen branch locations. CCPL will also be hosting various events…

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April 2016

Wells Fargo Distinguished Public Lecture Series: “A Tale of Three Cities,” Huw T. David and Neven Leddy

April 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Addlestone Library, Room 227, 205 Calhoun Street
Charleston, 29401 United States
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Dr. Huw T. David, recipient of the College of Charleston's 2015 Hines Prize, along with Dr. Neven Leddy will discuss the Atlantic connections between colonial Charles Towne, London, and Geneva. Dr. David specializes in British Atlantic world trading networks and politics while Dr. Leddy studies Atlantic world cultural and intellectual history focusing specifically on the experience of migration and studying abroad. He is currently investigating Carolinians living in eighteenth-century Geneva.

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2015 Hines Prize Presentation and Seminar: “Transatlantic Absenteeism,” Huw T. David

April 14, 2016 @ 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Addlestone Library, Room 227, 205 Calhoun Street
Charleston, 29401 United States
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The College of Charleston’s Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World program’s biennial Hines Prize has been awarded to Huw T. David for his book-manuscript entitled The Atlantic at Work: Britain and South Carolina’s Trading Networks, c. 1730 to 1790. The prize, endowed by former College of Charleston Dean Samuel Hines, is awarded every other year for the best first manuscript on a topic relating to the Carolina Lowcountry and/or Atlantic World. “David’s manuscript presents a compendious history of the trade relations between…

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The Citadel: “The Revolutionary War,” Symposium

April 23, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

A symposium on the Revolutionary War will be hosted by the Citadel on Saturday, April 23rd. Such distinguished scholars as David L. Preston, Professor of History at the Citadel and recipient of the Albert B. Corey Prize for Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution (2015), and James Kirby Martin, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of History at the University of Houston, will serve as panelists. Further details forthcoming.

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June 2016

2016 Charleston Carifest Keynote Lecture: “Indentured Heritage,” Aisha Khan

June 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - July 23, 2016 @ 8:15 pm
College of Charleston North Campus, 3800 Paramount Drive
North Charleston, SC United States
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The Carolina Lowcounty and Atlantic World Program, in collaboration with Wells Fargo, is pleased to host Dr. Aisha Khan as the keynote lecturer for the 2016 Charleston Carifest. The 2016 Carifest focuses on the topic of indentured heritage. Charleston Carifest is a Caribbean Carnival celebration in honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month. It is four days of food, fun, music, and costumes submerged in education and culture.  This is the creative and artistic expression of Caribbean people. Join in and embrace Unity in Diversity!…

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September 2016

Mark Auslander- “Tracing Ashley’s Sack: Slavery, Kinship, and the Fabric of Memory”

September 15, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jewish Studies Center, Room 233
Free

“My great grandmother Rose mother of Ashley gave her this sack when she was sold at age 9 in South Carolina it held a tattered dress 3 handfulls of pecans a braid of Roses hair. Told her It be filled with my Love always she never saw her again Ashley is my grandmother” Ruth Middleton (1921)   One of the most evocative objects to be exhibited in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is an…

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Fall Wells Fargo Distinguished Public Lecture: Dr Nicole Maskiell–“The Runaway Who Passed as Slave Catcher: Native Slavery and the Strange Histories of the Color Line”

September 26, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Addlestone Library, Room 227, 205 Calhoun Street
Charleston, 29401 United States
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  The cross-colonial universality of the term “Negro” throughout the North American colonies as racial marker masks the importance of region in the creation of racial categories. This talk focuses on how the persistence of a multi-ethnic enslaved population shaped the development of race in unique ways in colonial New York and New Jersey during the eighteenth century. Although slavery was increasingly legally tied to skin color and African heritage, there remained a conflict inherent in creating race: even as…

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October 2016

Avery Race and Social Justice Initiative Lecture: “A Deeper Black: Race in America,” Ta-Nehisi Coates

October 18, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424 United States
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Co-Sponsored by the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative funded by Google, Charleston County Public Library, the South Carolina Humanities, the SC Community Loan Fund, SunTrust, the Avery Institute, and the Sophia Institute. Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most original and perceptive black voices today—“the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (New York Observer). Coates is the author, most recently, of Between the World and Me, the #1 New York Times bestseller that…

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November 2016

Faculty Seminar Series: Prof. Kameika Murphy

November 16, 2016 @ 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Addlestone Library, Room 227, 205 Calhoun Street
Charleston, 29401 United States
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College of Charleston faculty are invited to join the Carolina Lowcountry Atlantic World Program's Faculty Seminar Series this Wednesday November 16th. Assistant Professor of History Kameika Murphy will be discussing her current research, entitled "Loyalists, Rice and Economic Self-Sufficiency in Pre-Emancipation Jamaica".   For further information, please contact Simon Lewis   

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December 2016

Call for Proposals DEADLINE EXTENSION to December 15, 2016: Transforming Public History from Charleston to the Atlantic World

December 15, 2016

CALL FOR PROPOSALS DEADLINE EXTENSION to December 15, 2016: Transforming Public History from Charleston to the Atlantic World For more information see the conference website: https://claw.cofc.edu/conferences/2017-conference/  Conference will take place June 15-17, 2017, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, USA Workshop Day: June 14, 2017 Hosted by: The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, Addlestone Library, and the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program at the College of Charleston

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February 2017

Spring 2017 Wells Fargo Distinguished Lecture Series: Carter C. Hudgins

February 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Addlestone Library, Room 227, 205 Calhoun Street
Charleston, 29401 United States
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Within studies of American architecture and material culture, Drayton Hall (c.1738) is regarded as an icon of colonial identity that reflects an intimate connection to popular European design, sophisticated craftsmanship, and the wealth of South Carolina’s plantation economy. Complementing Drayton Hall’s architecture is a remarkable collection of surviving furniture, ceramics, artwork and artifacts that exhibit distinctive patterns of 18th century consumption, taste and intellect. Drawing from surviving resources, this presentation will explore the 18th century formation of Drayton Hall and…

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March 2017

Faculty Seminar Series: Professor Rebecca Shumway

March 23, 2017 @ 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Addlestone Library, Room 227, 205 Calhoun Street
Charleston, 29401 United States
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Assistant Professor of History, Dr. Rebecca Shumway will be leading a seminar discussion on her upcoming monograph project which explores the political ideologies and race consciousness among the Fante of southern Ghana in the nineteenth century.  This talk forms part of CLAW's faculty seminar series.  Those interested in attending should contact Simon Lewis, CLAW Director, to obtain a copy of Professor Shumway's paper.

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May 2017

North American Society for Oceanic History 43rd Annual Conference

May 15, 2017 @ 8:00 am - May 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
College of Charleston, 66 George St
Charleston, SC United States
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On Monday, May 15th, the College of Charleston will host the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) 43rd annual conference. This year’s conference will see professors and academics from across the world present papers covering a range of topic that pertain to “Ventures into the Western Ocean: Global Maritime Communities, Commerce, and Conflicts.” Presentations will explore a wide range of maritime connections, cultural landscapes, or an interweaving of both to examine the meaning and processes of our maritime heritage.…

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June 2017

Spring 2017 Wells Fargo Distinguished Lecture Series: Caryl Phillips.

June 16, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Stern Center Ball Room, 66 George St
Charleston, United States
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The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program is delighted to welcome Caryl Phillips as a 2017 Wells Fargo Distinguished lecturer. Phillips will be discussing his work as a writer of both fiction and of non-fiction with CLAW director Dr. Simon Lewis. As a writer of historical fiction and of non-fiction who has repeatedly taken the Atlantic slave trade and its contemporary legacy as his subject, Caryl Phillips will directly address the conference theme of transforming public history from Charleston to the Atlantic World. His own…

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