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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of History

Columbia Burning: A Sesquicentennial Reappraisal of Destruction, Emancipation, and Recovery

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 9:00am

9:00-11:30 am: Panel Discussion On the Burning of Columbia
By bringing in scholars who are generating new work on the burning of Columbia, our goal is to shed fresh light on the meaning of the events of February 17, 1865 as an example of urban disaster and recovery. The arrival of the Union army marked a day of jubilant emancipation for blacks, thousands of whom followed in the wake of Sherman’s advance northward. These and other topics, including the evolution of modern warfare, will be discussed.
Moderator: Dr. Don Doyle, University of South Carolina
Dr. Tom Brown, University of South Carolina
Dr. Anne Sarah Rubin, University of Maryland of Baltimore County 
Dr. Megan Kate Nelson, Historian and Author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the Civil War
Caitlin Verboon, Yale University
12:00-1:30 p.m.: Luncheon with keynote by David Shields, University of South Carolina.
Dr. Shields will present a program on mid-to-late 19th century foodways in Columbia.  Scott Hall will prepare a period-appropriate meal.  This meal costs $30.
2:00-4:00 p.m.: Understanding Difficult Pasts: The Role of the Public Intellectual
Dr. Thomas Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania
A convening that looks at the role of public history and public intellectuals in shaping civic dialogue to deal with difficult pasts facilitated by Tom Sugrue, the author of the Bancroft prize-winning book The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (1996) and, more recently, Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race (2010). The role of the academy in preparing students for community and public engagement will be discussed.
These events are all held at the Columbia Museum of Art  (1515 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201)