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Added November 2013

Dr. Courtney Lewis was the keynote speaker at Ft. Jackson on 15 November 2013, addressing the theme of "Guiding Our Destiny with Heritage and Traditions."

Bob Brinkmeyer made two trips to Europe to speak at international conferences.  In September, Bob spoke on performativity in Darcey Steinke’s novel Suicide Blonde at the Southern Studies Forum in Szczecin, Poland.  The Southern Studies Forum is a group of international scholars from many disciplines who study the American South.  In October, Bob was back on the transatlantic plane, this time to Vienna, where he gave a talk on Lillian Hellman’s several trips to Europe, focusing on how these trips changed her understanding of the South and affected her artistic vision.  This paper was delivered at the “Narratives of Encounters in the North Atlantic Triangle” conference, which was sponsored by the North American Studies Program at the University of Vienna.

Principle Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma Chad "Corntassel" Simtih will give a talk titled, "The Need for Native Leadership" on Monday, 11 November at 4 p.m. in the Carolina Room of Capstone Hall.

Evan Kutzler, Amanda Noll, and Robert Weyeneth are speaking on the making of the website, Slavery at South Carolina College, and a project it catalyzed, the Ghosts of the Horseshoe, at the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston on 8 November.
Co-sponsored by the Departmnet of Geography, "Pressing the Reset Button on 'Southern Hospitality': African American Justice Belonging and Tourism Justice" on Friday, November 8, at 3:30 p.m. in Callcott 201.

October 2013

Richard T. Greener Diploma Event at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the South Caroliniana Library.

Dr. Bobby Donaldson and Ph.D. candidate Ramon Jackson speak on, "Bearing Witness: Documenting Columbia's Civil Rights History," at the Moving Image Research Collections on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, please join us for the opening of the photograph exhibition on Ward One, "The Space on which you Stand," in Honors College Residence room B110.

Added September 2013

Read about Art Photograph Professor Kathleen Robbins' project, "In Cotton," featured on CNN's Photo Blog.

Check out English Professor David Shields on the show, The Mind of a Chef. Professor Shields is part of "a trifecta of seed nerds hell-bent on preserving Southern food heritage."

Robert Brinkmeyer, an English Professor and the Director of Souther Studies, has his own radio show on Tuesday afternoons.  Read an article about it here or visit WUSC's website.

Mary Battle and John White from the College of Charleston discuss the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI), an "online platform for partner institutions and collaborative scholars to translate multi-institutional archival materials, historic landscape features and structures, and academic research into digital public history exhibition projects."

Slavery at South Carolina College was the product of an online public history project led by History Professor Robert Weyeneth in spring 2011.  It uses a digital platform to document the little known story of slavery at South Carolina College, the antebellem predessor to the University of South Carolina.  Ghosts of the Horseshoe is an ongoing initiative led by Media Arts Professor Heidi Rae Cooley and Computer Science Professor Duncan Buell that uses interactive media to allow participants a more active role in the learning process than traditional websites.

Virginia Pierce provides an interesting look at Kudzu's rise and fall in popularity in the American South. Check out the article, "Kudzo: The Vine that Ate the South," on the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program's blog.