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    CALENDAR Summer 2015

    Fall 2015 Calendar COMING SOON!



    In observance of the 90th birthday of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz), the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture invites the community out on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 1:00pm–6pm to view the exhibition: MALCOLM X: 50 YEARS AND COUNTING, THE LEGACY CONTINUES. The exhibition, which opened in February 2015, was curated by Curtis J. Franks and Imam Hakim Abdul Ali.
    For additional information call Curtis J. Franks at (843) 953-7610.


    11-14 CLAW Conference: Triennial Meeting of the Southern Association of Women Historians, College of Charleston
    The Southern Association for Women Historians (SAWH) will hold their tenth triennial conference June 11-14, 2015, at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Co-sponsored by the College of Charleston, The Citadel, and Clemson University, the conference provides a stimulating and congenial forum for discussing all aspects of women’s history. Its program seeks to reflect the best in recent scholarship and the diversity of our profession, including university professors, graduate students, museum curators, public historians, and independent scholars. Sessions will address various aspects of women’s and gender history, and featured presentations will explore the conference themes: public history, tourism, memory, historic commemoration, and marketing history.
    *Please see SAWH website for registration information and program schedule.

    **All Plenary Sessions and Keynote Lectures will be Free and Open to the Public**
    11  Keynote Lecture: “Memory and the Civil Rights Movement,” Renee Romano, Oberlin College, Alumni House, The Citadel, 5 pm
    Recent decades have witnessed a flurry of commemorative activity about the black freedom struggle and the history of racial violence in the United States, from the building of museums and monuments to the marking of anniversaries and the celebration of holidays. At the same time, racial inequalities remain deep and pervasive, as does racial violence in the form of police harassment and killing of people of color. In this keynote address, Renee Romano will bring together her work on historical memory and on civil rights-era violence to explore the relationship between commemoration and racial justice and ask what role commemoration can play in helping achieve what James Baldwin described as one of the most powerful barriers to change: the willful ignorance of white Americans of the depth and extent of racism and racial violence in the nation’s history.

    12  Plenary Session: “Making Public the Most Private: Children, Families, and Household as a Challenge to Historians,” Susan Pearson, Northwestern University; Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown University; James Schmidt, Northern Illinois University; Moderator: Adriane Lentz-Smith, Duke University; Stern Center Ballroom, College of Charleston, 5 pm
    This plenary session presents the experiences of historians uncovering the seemingly private spheres of home and family in various archives. By examining how the state and its institutions shape the inner lives of citizens, the panelists will engage the audience in strategies for uncovering these private stories.

    13  Plenary Session: “Women, Historical Tourism, and Public History in the Lowcountry,” Stephanie Yuhl, College of the Holy Cross; Katherine Mellen Charron, North Carolina State University; Leslie Harris, Emory University; Moderator: Bernard Powers, College of Charleston; Stern Center Ballroom, College of Charleston, 5 pm
    In this plenary session, prominent scholars consider the role of gender, race, and class in representations of the Lowcountry region throughout a range of public history contexts. This discussion draws from each panelist’s research on Lowcountry history, from the colonial period to the twentieth century civil rights movement.


    OCTOBER 16 – MARCH 31

    Sweetgrass: A Living Legacy of Family and Community, Cox Gallery, Avery Research Center
    Originally curated by the Avery Research Center staff in 2009, this exhibition will reopen in 2014 to feature recent acquisitions of baskets made by various African and African American artists in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The art of African American basket making in the South Carolina Lowcountry first began with enslaved Africans who arrived through the trans-Atlantic slave trade from the present-day Mano River, Senegambia, and Angola-Congolese regions of West Africa. Today basket makers in both the Lowcountry and various parts of Africa draw from their shared craft traditions to weave works of art from various materials. Items featured in the 2014 exhibition include a new collection of baskets donated by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Alliance that were featured in the Exhibits USA and NEH on the Road traveling exhibition, Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art; baskets made by children from the Lowcountry for the Avery Research Center’s The Next Generation sweetgrass basket making project in 2008; and various sweetgrass baskets from the Avery Research Center archival collections.

    FEBRUARY 12 – MAY 30

    ISMS: The Exhibition, McKinley-Washington Auditorium, Avery Research Center
    ISMS is a visual documentation of the many injustices that permeate society featuring the artists of BAMN’N (By Any Means Necessary, Now: Socially Concerned, Aesthetically Astute Contemporary Artists). BAMN’N artists include KTC/Karole Turner Campbell, Arianne King Comer, Natalie Daise, Susanne Frenze, Laura Gadson, Gwylene Gallimard, Jean Marie Mauclet, Alvin B. Glen, Jacqueline Johnson, Winston Kennedy, and Addelle Sanders. Guest Artist: Dr. Leo Twiggs.

    FEBRUARY 21 – JULY 30

    “MALCOLM X: 50 Years and Counting-The Legacy Continues,” Changing Gallery, Avery Research Center
    Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965.  This exhibition features materials from the James E. Campbell Collection (Avery Research Center, College of Charleston) and from the private collection of Imam Hakim Abdul-Ali, commemorates the life and legacy of Malcolm X.


    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