The Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) at the College of Charleston was established to promote scholarship on the Lowcountry, the Atlantic World, and the connections between the two. The CLAW program’s mission is to strengthen the College’s instructional program and to promote the public understanding of the region and its place in a broader international context by fostering research that illuminates the constant contact and cultural exchange among the various Atlantic cultures, societies, and ethnicities.

Over the last decade CLAW has organized and hosted more than a dozen academic conferences, its publication series with the University of South Carolina Press has issued multiple volumes, and each semester it arranges a series of public lectures, faculty seminars, and co-sponsored symposia with local cultural heritage organizations (such as the Avery Research Center, the South Carolina Historical Society, The Waring Historical Library, and the History Department at the Citadel). It has also served as curator for a number of physical exhibits and has engaged in robust education outreach – most notably the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade project in partnership with UNESCO.

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