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    CALENDAR Spring 2017

    *Please note the Avery Research Center will be closed to the public from January 2018 to October 2018 for renovations. See Renovations FAQ for details.*

    See the Race and Social Justice Initiative website, the College of Charleston’s Friends of the Library website, and below for details about ongoing events connected to the Avery Research Center while the building is closed:

    JUNE 2017

    Conference: “Transforming Public History from Charleston to the Atlantic World,” June 15-17, 2017, Workshop Day: June 14, 2017


    Hosted by: The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) Program, the Addlestone Library, and the Race and Social Justice Initiative at the College of Charleston

    Call for Proposals Extended Deadline: December 15, 2016

    Conference Website: http://claw.cofc.edu/conferences/2017-conference/

    In partnership with various local, national, and international cultural heritage organizations, academic institutions, and historic sites, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the Carolina Lowcountry and the Atlantic World Program (CLAW), the Addlestone Library, and the Race and Social Justice Initiative are hosting a conference on transforming public history practices from Charleston to the Atlantic World to be held at the College of Charleston and other partner sites in Charleston, South Carolina, June 15-17, 2017, with a pre-conference day of workshops on June 14th. The conference will include workshops, roundtables, panels, and individual papers from public history professionals, scholars, educators, librarians, archivists, and artists that address issues surrounding the interpretation, preservation, memorialization, commemoration, and public application of major themes in local, regional, and Atlantic World history. Based on the United Nation’s declaration of 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent, and the conference location in Charleston, South Carolina, on the second anniversary of the tragic shooting at the Mother Emanuel Church, the conference will particularly highlight speakers and topics relevant to transforming practices of interpreting the history of slavery and its race and class legacies in Charleston and historically interconnected local, regional, and international sites.

    Featured Speakers:
    Mr. Michael Allen, National Park Service
    Dr. Ana Lucia Araujo, Howard University
    Dr. Richard Benjamin, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
    Ms. Alissandra Cummins, Barbados Museum & Historical Society
    Dr. Rex Ellis, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
    Ms. Makiba Foster, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Dr. Bayo Holsey, Rutgers University
    Dr. Ned Kaufman, Kaufman Heritage Conservation
    Mr. Caryl Phillips, Author and Playwright
    Ms. Fath Davis Ruffins, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

    Keynote Lecture: Lonnie G. Bunch III, PhD, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum for African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), June 15, 2017, Time and Location TBA, Free and Open to the Public


    Dr. Bunch is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. In this position he is working to set the museum’s mission, coordinate its fundraising and membership campaigns, develop its collections, establish cultural partnerships and oversee the design and construction of the museum’s building. Rooted in his belief that the museum exists now although the building is not in place, he is designing a high-profile program of traveling exhibitions and public events ranging from panel discussions and seminars to oral history and collecting workshops. As a public historian, a scholar who brings history to the people, Bunch has spent nearly 30 years in the museum field where he is regarded as one of the nation’s leading figures in the historical and museum community.



    2015 Conference: Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) 8th Biennial Conference, “African Diaspora Circularities: Forging Communities, Cultures, and Politics,” hosted by the College of Charleston, North Charleston Campus

    2013 Conference: Unleashing the Black Erotic: Gender and Sexuality—Passion, Power, and Praxis

    2012 Conference: The Fire Every Time: Reframing Black Power Across the 20th Century and Beyond

    2011 Conference: Daughters of the Dust: ‘We Carry These Memories Inside of We’

    Avery Research Center 25th Anniversary Celebration