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Southern Studies in the Public Eye 2018-19

Posted by: Julia Eichelberger | June 2, 2019 | No Comment |

Selected Interviews, Op-Eds, Public Lectures, Events, Service by C of C Faculty/Students, 2018-19

Summer 2018: Grant Gilmore works with HPCP students to analyze and document the wooden schoolhouse from the Jim Crow era in the Snowden community of Mt Pleasant. Fundraising has begun to preserve the structure.

August 24 2018 History professor Adam Domby interviewed for several newspapers on student protests & toppling of statue of Confederate soldier “Silent Sam” at University of North Carolina

Sept 24, 2018  Post & Courier op-ed on why we should study slavery, “Charleston Must Own Its Slavery Wrongs If It Hopes to Right Them,” by SOST program director Julia Eichelberger

Nov 9 Coming to Monuments, choreographed by C of C dance professor Erin Leigh, featuring the music and poetry of Marcus Amaker: an original evening length work that blends contemporary dance, theater, and storytelling to unpack the history behind the display of Confederate memorials and the conflicted legacy their presence bestows.  Performed in Nov 2018 and then on May 26 for Piccolo Spoleto.

Nov 2018:  Joseph Kelly’s lecture at the Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, DC appears on C-SPAN2. On Nov. 21, his op-ed in New York Times appears, also based on his book Marooned.

Dec 2018  Ade Ofuniyyin, Joanna Gilmore, and the Gullah Society are featured in a National Geographic newsletter article about the Anson Street burial ground and the research that was supported by a National Geographic Society grant. C of C biology major Adeyemi Oduwole was also awarded a National Geographic grant to work with University of Pennsylvania researchers to analyze DNA of the individuals excavated at Anson Street.

Feb 5 2019  C of C senior, HPCP & ARTH major and SOST minor Patty Ploehn is interviewed on The Metropole, the Urban History Association’s blog

Feb 16 2019 Bernard Powers speaks at Akron-Summit County Public Library on his book (co-authored with Herb Frazier & Marjory Wentworth) We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel  

February 2019 Nathaniel Walker’s lecture, “Recognizing the Enslaved Laborers Who Built Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim” delivered at KKBE.

Feb 26 Egungun Tunji: Ancestors Rise Again! City of Charleston & the Gullah Society (C of C faculty Ade Ofuniyyin and Karen Gilmore), co-sponsored by CSSC, including presentations on DNA research, memorialization of African burial grounds in New York, and delivering of DNA analysis to dozens of Charleston residents eager to receive the information.

March 2019: After a wonderful and much-lauded residence in Charleston (notices in major newspapers and magazines and extensive discussion in the photography blog Lenscratch), the Southbound photography exhibit sets off on its tour, starting in NC and moving to TN and beyond.  

March 29 The City Luminous: Architectures of Hope in an Age of Fear opens at City Gallery, curated by ARTH faculty Nathaniel Walker and Jessica Streit

April 3 2019 City Paper op-ed by Adam Domby, “Let’s Be Honest About the Roots of Confederate Monuments”

April 5 2019 Dale Rosengarten receives South Carolina Folk Heritage Award for “Advocacy, African-American Lowcountry Basketry & Southern Jewish Heritage.”

April 10 2019 Political Science Professor Gibbs Knotts is frequently interviewed on Southern politics, as in this article on Kamala Harris’s teacher pay proposal in the State (Columbia, SC) newspaper.

April 23 2019 Biology professor Melissa Hughes publishes a blog post about a southern crustacean, the snapping shrimp, on the Ecology and Evolution blog

May 3 2019 History professor Hayden Smith is keynote speaker at the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation’s spring meeting.

May 3 2019 op-ed on the reinterment of individuals buried on Anson Street“Honoring Charleston’s Ancestors,” by Julia Eichelberger

Ancestors’ Reburial on Anson Street and the grounds of Gailard Auditorium attended by numerous C of C faculty; Dr. Kameelah Martin (AAST) delivered remarks on behalf of the College’s Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston and African American Studies program. President Steve Osborne was among those who wrote messages that were buried with the ancestors.

May 10 2019 “Beyond Romantic Advertisements: Ancestry.com, Genealogy, and White Supremacy”, by Adam Domby, published on African American Intellectual History Society’s blog

May 18 2019 Dale Rosengarten is awarded the Order of the Jewish Palmetto from the Jewish Historical Society of SC

Spring 2019: HPCP’s chair, Grant Gilmore, serves on an advisory panel for the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site regarding the reinterpretation of the site for the 21st century, and is appointed to the Advisory Board for Reconstruction Beaufort by Mayor Billy Keyserling.

May 26 2019 Dr. Scott Peeples discusses “The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe” at the Sullivan’s Island Public Library

May 27-June 7 Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture conducts NEH Summer Seminar, “Privilege and Prejudice: Jewish History in the American South”

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