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Sites of Memory & What We Remember There

Posted by: Julia Eichelberger | November 28, 2017 | No Comment |

For the next two weeks, as Fall 2017 comes to a close, we’ll share some recent interviews, news features, op-eds, lectures, etc. by members of C of C’s Program in Southern Studies who help the public learn more about the region.  There are lots of examples to share! Once we get through some of the highlights of the past year or so, we’ll continue to issue updates and collect them under “What We’re Saying About the South.”

Part 1: Sites of Memory & What We Remember There

In our first set of examples, Southern Studies faculty join ongoing conversations about what kinds of history we should remember, and how best to share these stories with our communities.

Assistant Professor of History Adam Domby

Professor of History Bernard Powers

In August 2016, Adam Domby and Bernard Powers appeared with other historians in a Post & Courier article on Confederate monuments. Adam Domby also wrote a recent op-ed for the State newspaper on Reconstruction-era monuments. Bernard Powers, who’s also published separately on Charleston’s monuments, is now serving on the Charleston History Commission, considering how the markers on our city’s public monuments should be rewritten, as this article reports.

In June 2017, before the tragic events of Charlottesville pushed the issue of Confederate monuments into the national headlines, many Southern Studies faculty were talking about how we should remember our shared and often painful past. Academics and community members participated in these conversations during an international conference on “Transforming Public History,” organized by the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program, the Avery Research Center, the Addlestone Library, and the Race and Social Justice Initiative. It was an inspiring conference, chock-full of passionate participants from near and far, including many prominent scholars and public historians. Lonnie Bunch, the director of the Smithsonian’s new African American Museum, delivered a keynote address at Emanuel AME.

under: African American Studies, C of C Program in Southern Studies, Charleston History, Markers, Monuments, Uncategorized

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