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Events

CSSC is excited to share events hosted by CSSC and others in the community. Please check back regularly for updates and contact the director, Benard Powers (powersb@cofc.edu) if you would like additional information. 


A Conversation on History, Race, and Life in America

March 29, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Charleston County Library
68 Calhoun Street | Charleston, SC 

Commemoration400 presents, for the first time together: A Conversation on History, Race, and Life in America. Visit commemoration400.org/event/a-conversation-on-history-race-and-life-in-america for more information. 

FEATURING: Professor Peter H. Wood, The Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina & Professor James Campbell, Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa 1787- 2005


Passing the Torch: Carrying on the work of the 1969 Charleston Strike and building a new Poor People's Campaign

A NATIONAL CALL for MORAL REVIVAL

The S.C. Poor People's Campaign will host an event this weekend in honor of the women of the 1969 Charleston hospital workers strike. The program will start at 10 a.m. at Charity Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston. It will be followed by lunch at noon and organizing workshops at 1 p.m. Attendees can register for free here. Titled Passing the Torch: Carrying on the work of the 1969 Charleston strike and building a new poor people's campaign, the gathering will not just celebrate the lives of those who participated in the 1969 demonstration, but it will also attempt to galvanize people for similar efforts in the Lowcountry. View the event flyer for information.

March 23, 2019
Charity Missionary Baptist Church
1544 E. Montague Ave | North Charleston, SC

Credit: Avery Research Center - Mary Moultrie, Coretta Scott King, and thousands of protesters filled city streets in 1969 to demand equal treatment at Medical College Hospital.


The Long Afterlife of Brown v. Board

A COMMEMORATION OF THE LANDMARK SUPREME COURT DECISION AND ITS LEGACY

To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the hallmark Brown v. Board decision and decade of subsequent court battles and protests, Dr. Millicent Brown and Caroll Y. Turpin will share their experiences as children who desegregated South Carolina's public schools in the 1960s. Join us for this important panel discussion on desegregation and its legacies. View the event flyer for information. 

March 27, 2019
Reception to start at 5:30 PM. Talk will begin at 6:00 PM. 
Alumni Hall in Randolph Hall at the College of Charleston (66 George St)

Sponsored By: The Department of History, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, African American Studies Program, Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Women's and Gender Studies Program, Southern Studies Program, & First Year Experience.


Community and Memorialization - The Gullah Society

Community Conversations continue to be held at various community venues in and around Charleston, these are free and open to all. We want to hear what you think are appropriate ways to remember and honor our ancestors buried near Anson Street. Through the community engagement, school and art programs we hope to explore what you would like to see for the memorial. Visit www.thegullahsociety.com for more information.


'Egungun Tunji: Ancestors Rise Again!' 

Join us for 'Egungun Tunji: Ancestors Rise Again!' on February 27th at 6:30pm at the Cannon Street Arts Center.

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2019 Conference: The Vesey Conspiracy at 200: Black Anti-Slavery in the Atlantic World

February 8 – 10, 2019
College of Charleston
Addlestone Library

Image: “Sustenance Rice” by Jonathan Green (used with permission)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

In preparation for a volume of essays to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the “Denmark Vesey Conspiracy” of 1822, the Carolina Lowcountry in the Atlantic World Program (CLAW) at the College of Charleston will hold a small conference on enslaved and free black anti-slavery, February 8-10, 2019. Please note that registration is free for presenters and both keynotes are free to all. We still ask that you register even if not paying so that we can get an accurate measure of attendance. 

Cosponsored by the Carolina Lowcountry in the Atlantic World Program at the College of Charleston and by Soka University of America


Architectures of Slavery: Ruins & Reconstructions

October 24-26, 2019
Charleston, South Carolina
A SYMPOSIUM ON THE HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE, URBANISM AND LANDSCAPES

The Art & Architectural History Department and the new Center for the Study of Slavery at the College of Charleston announce a symposium dedicated to the historic and ongoing relationships between slavery and architecture. We seek papers that critically explore places and times in which slavery was a legal institution, as well as papers that analyze the long-enduring memories and legacies of slavery in architecture, urbanism, and landscapes. Charleston is one of the most important sites of such history in the United States and offers an ideal setting for a confrontation with the ways that the systems and values of slavery are woven into the fabric of a place. The city was built upon the slave trade, launched the Civil War, seethed during Reconstruction, and endured decades of segregation and oppression, both in its historic center and in its modern suburbs. We acknowledge, however, the global nature of slavery and welcome relevant submissions pertaining to any corner of the planet.

Please email a 300-word abstract and a two-page CV, with the phrase Ruins and Reconstructions written in the subject line, to walkernr@cofc.edu and stiefelb@cofc.edu by April 1, 2019. Send any inquiries to the same addresses.

VIEW THE CALL FOR PAPERS


Past Events

Please contact the director, Benard Powers (powersb@cofc.edu) if you would like additional information.


RISE Exhibition: "Rise That We May Feel Your Light" 

Join us for "RISE" on December 3, 2018 at 5:30 PM

An exhibition of student designs for a monument honoring thirty-six Charlestonians of African origin and descent, buried near Anson Street in the late 1700s.

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CLAW Film Series

Film Series Explores Links Between Gullah Communities and Sierra LeoneThe Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) Program at the College of Charleston is pleased to announce a three-film series exploring the cultural connections between South Carolina's Gullah communities and Sierra Leone.


Magnolia Gardens Event

Underground Railroad conference topic at Magnolia GardensScholars, living historians and enslaved descendants will gather at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens to show that the Underground Railroad was more than a network of secret routes to northern states and Canada that enslaved Africans followed to freedom.


RISE UP! 

November 7, 2018
College of Charleston
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Community Conversations continue to be held at various community venues in and around Charleston, these are free and open to all.  We want to hear what you think are appropriate ways to remember and honor our ancestors buried near Anson Street. Through the community engagement, school and art programs we hope to explore what you would like to see for the memorial.  How does our understanding of the identity of the people buried at this site and those of African descent living in Charleston today affect the reinterment ceremony and the design of a memorial for the reburial site? Please plan on joining us for our next event on November 7 at the College of Charleston. Your input is vital!

“Beyond the Big House”

November 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: The Slave Dwelling Project, Historic Charleston Foundation and the Charleston Gaillard Center present “BEYOND THE BIG HOUSE” TO PRIVATE, HISTORIC BUILDINGS WHERE ENSLAVED PEOPLE LIVED AND WORKED. 

 


CSSC Opens

September 24, 2018Opening of the Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston

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