The Avery Research Center sponsors lectures, symposia, panel discussions, workshops, and conferences and collaborates with other cultural and educational institutions throughout the South Carolina Lowcountry.
2 Brown Bag Series: “Unenslaved: Rice Culture Paintings by Jonathan Green,” Jonathan Green, Artist, Cox Gallery of the Avery Research Center, 12-1:15 pm. Jonathan Green discusses his art exhibition featured in the Avery Research Center’s Cox Gallery from August 29 – December 15, 2013. Unenslaved: Rice Culture Paintings by Jonathan Green is a body of work inspired by Lowcountry Rice Culture and Green’s involvement with The Lowcountry Rice Culture Project. (http://www.lowcountryriceculture.org/)
7 Gallery Talk: “Sew On, Sew On, and Sew On: Contemporary Quilts and Handmade Objects,” Avery Research Center, 1:00pm. Featuring fiber artists: Catherine Lamkin, Dorothy Montgomery and Winifred Sanders. Free and open to the public.
22 Brown Bag Series: “Politics of Philanthropy: Henry Lyman Morehouse, the American Baptist Home Mission Society and the Naming of Morehouse College,” Daron Calhoun II, graduate student in the joint College of Charleston-Citadel M.A. History program and Avery Graduate Assistant, Avery Research Center, 12-1:15 pm. Calhoun presents his ongoing research on the paternalistic leadership of northern missionary organizations who came to the U.S. South to develop African American schools in the decades after Emancipation. Calhoun specifically discusses the early development of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and examines the decision to change the school’s name from Atlanta Baptist College to Morehouse College in 1913. He connects this decision to the broader fight for ideological and political autonomy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities away from the hegemonic systems of the primarily white, northern philanthropic associations such as the American Baptist Home Mission Society and the General Education Board.
26 Brown Bag Series: “The Art of Protest,” Karole Turner Campbell, independent artist, Avery Research Center 12-1:15 pm. On the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Trayvon Martin, Karole Turner Campbell discusses a series of paintings she is developing that are inspired by this tragic event and the trial of George Zimmerman that took place in June and July 2013. As she describes, Campbell uses her ART to Articulate and Respond to the myriad emotions provoked by the verdict, and to Transform these emotions into aesthetically viable works.
18 Brown Bag Series: “Launching the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative,” Mary Battle, College of Charleston, Avery Research Center, 12-1:15 pm. Dr. Battle discusses the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI), a digital public history project hosted by the Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) at the College of Charleston. Funded through a pilot project grant from the Humanities Council of South Carolina and a major grant award from the Dorothy and Gaylord Donnelley Foundation, LDHI serves as an online platform for partner institutions and collaborative scholars to work with graduate assistants and College of Charleston faculty to translate multi-institutional archival materials, historic landscape features and structures, and scholarly research into digital public history exhibition projects. A major goal within LDHI’s mission is to encourage projects that highlight underrepresented race, class, gender, and labor histories within the Lowcountry region, and in historically interconnected Atlantic World sites. As the new Public Historian at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, Battle will particularly discuss Avery Research Center exhibition projects featured on LDHI that draw from Avery’s archives. LDHI staff, contributors, and graduate student assistants will also be in attendance to discuss their experiences working on the project.
28 Evening Lecture: “Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston,” Amrita Myers, Indiana University-Bloomington, McKinley-Washington Auditorium, Avery Research Center, 6:30 pm. Dr. Myers discusses her recent publication, Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston, in which she analyzes how black women in Charleston acquired, defined, and defended their own vision of freedom. Discussing topics such as manumission, work and property ownership, Myers argues that for black women in the Old South, freedom was an experience, not just a fixed legal category. Emancipation without the ability to improve one’s financial, social, and legal standing was a poor imitation of liberty. Black women thus strove to acquire property, established alliances with influential men, and utilized the courts and the state legislature to demand the fullest protections of the law. Additionally, evidence pertaining to white women and black men reveals how laws and customs about race and sex kept slavery and freedom inextricably linked for black women. Never fully free, the liberty of black women thus depended on their skills of negotiation in a society dedicated to upholding racial slavery and patriarchy. Ultimately, Forging Freedom reveals the ways in which Charleston’s black women overcame significant obstacles in order to craft a freedom of their own design instead of settling for the limited liberties imagined for them by white Southerners.
9 Brown Bag Series: “Resolving Heirs’ Property Issues and Learning the Value of Family Land,” Jennie Stephens, Executive Director, Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, Avery Research Center, 12-1:15pm. Dr. Stephens will discuss how the Center helps protect heirs’ property through education and the delivery of direct legal services to families seeking to obtain clear title and keep their land. She will also explain how the Center promotes the sustainable use of land with forested acres to increase the economic benefit to African American families through the Sustainable Forestry Program.
16 Panel Presentation: “Graduate Student Experiences in Digital Humanities and Public History: Working on the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI),” Bradley Blankemeyer, Andrew Cuadrado, and Beth Gniewek, College of Charleston-Citadel Joint Master’s Program in History, Addlestone Library, Room 227. Blankemeyer, Gniewek, and Cuadrado describe their experiences working as graduate assistants for the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI), a digital public history platform hosted by the Lowcountry Digital Library at the College of Charleston. Students provide insight into their experiences developing online exhibitions in Omeka with collaborative scholars and institutional partners such as the Avery Research Center and the South Carolina Historical Society. They will also discuss opportunities and challenges for graduate students interested in digital humanities and public history work at the College of Charleston.
Avery Research Center 25th Anniversary Celebration