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Sacco & Vanzetti Lecture – WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22nd – 7pm

Posted by: Andrea Evans | October 20, 2014 | No Comment |

Sacco and Vanzetti

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Medieval Medicine Lecture – TODAY

Posted by: Andrea Evans | October 16, 2014 | No Comment |

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The History Dept is hosting Michael McVaugh (Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Luke Demaitre (Former History professor at Fordham University, currently a professor at the University of Virginia) on Thursday, October 16th at 4pm in RSS-235 (Robert Scott Smalls Building, #235). These two eminent historians will offer 20-minute presentations on the history of medieval European medicine. Check it out if you can!

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Spring 2015 GenEd Classes NOW ENROLLING!

Posted by: Andrea Evans | October 14, 2014 | No Comment |


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A History of the Noose – TODAY at 7pm

Posted by: Andrea Evans | October 13, 2014 | No Comment |

The Noose

Today at 7pm, Jack Shuler will discuss his new book, “The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose.” Check it out!

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Students in the News

Posted by: Andrea Evans | October 10, 2014 | No Comment |

Two of our students have won prestigious awards! 


Chris Willoughby is a CofC History alum and Benjamin Schaffer is a current undergrad in the department. Ben’s award-winning paper, “The Euro-Confederate Doctors: The Impact of the 19th Century European Medical World on the Careers of Three Southern Physicians,” began as a project in Professor Steere-Williams’ HIST 291 class. Dr. Steere-Williams worked closely with Ben on the paper and is very proud of his success. Congratulations to both gentlemen!


The Waring Historical Library at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) announces the winners of the 2014 W. Curtis Worthington, Jr. Research Paper Competition. First prize in the graduate category is awarded to Chris Willoughby, a history Ph.D. candidate at Tulane University for his paper, ”Running away from Drapetomania: Rethinking Samuel Cartwright and Racial Medicine in the Antebellum South.” First prize in the undergraduate category is awarded to Benjamin Schaffer, a history major at the College of Charleston for his paper, “The Euro-Confederate Doctors: The Impact of the 19th Century European Medical World on the Careers of Three Southern Physician.”

Both first-prize winners receive $1500 and are invited to publish their papers in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association. Papers were judged by: Dr. Peter McCandless, professor emeritus, department of history at the College of Charleston; Dr. Charles S. Bryan, professor emeritus, University of South Carolina School of Medicine and former editor of the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association, and Dr. Robert Ball, adjunct assistant professor in MUSC’s Department of Public Health Sciences.


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Majors Fair: October 7th, 11am-2pm

Posted by: Andrea Evans | October 6, 2014 | No Comment |

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Ever wonder what you can do with a History degree?

Find out at the MAJORS FAIR tomorrow, Oct. 7th:

11am-2pm, Stern Center Ballroom.

See you there!

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Poetry Reading TODAY!

Posted by: Andrea Evans | October 2, 2014 | No Comment |


If you get a chance, please swing by the Cougar Mall today at 12:08 and listen to two wonderful poems by Wilfred Owen: Dulce Et Decorum Est and Strange Meeting. They will be read in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of WWI. Readers: Stephanie Auwaerter of New Student Programs and Burton Callicott of the Addlestone Library.

Here’s a clip from last week’s reading.

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Study Abroad in London

Posted by: Andrea Evans | September 29, 2014 | No Comment |

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The History Department is excited to announce a wonderful study abroad opportunity for the Spring 2015 Semester!

Students will explore the complex legacies of the Tudor monarchs – Henry VIII, Mary Tudor, and Elizabeth I – alongside the social and cultural history of sixteenth-century London and Britain.

In London during Spring Break 2015, students will visit sites including Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court, the Tower of London, the Clink Prison museum, National Portrait Gallery, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Please contact Dr. Cara Delay ([email protected]) or Dr. Sandra Slater ([email protected]) for further details.

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Thank you, Peter Gray!

Posted by: Andrea Evans | September 26, 2014 | No Comment |

Yesterday’s presentation – Travelling Histories: the Great Famine and Transatlantic Historiographies, 1847-1914 – was a great success. If you couldn’t make it, here are some pics and clips. Thank you, Peter Gray, for this wonderful and fascinating lecture.

Clip: Irish Famine Lecture – 9/25/14

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