“Teaching the New History of Emancipation” Teachers’ Workshop

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The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World program was recently awarded a grant from the Humanities Council SC to help support a teachers’ workshop entitled “Teaching the New History of Emancipation.”  The workshop, organized in collaboration with the After Slavery Project, will take place on Friday, February 1st from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, running concurrently with the Southern American Studies Association conference that is also happening at the College (Thursday January 31st to Saturday February 2nd).  The workshop is part of the Jubilee Project commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of launching desegregation in South Carolina educational institutions.  As we embark on this series of commemorative events marking some of the most important events in our history, the workshop aims to lay the foundation for an enduring collaboration among teachers, curriculum experts, heritage and cultural workers, activists, web developers, and research historians.

The keynote address at the workshop will be given by Dr. Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University.  One of the nation’s most prominent historians, Foner is one of only two people to have served as president of the Organization of American Historians (OAH), the American Historical Association (AHA), and the Society of American Historians (SAH).  His most recent book, the Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for History, as well as the Lincoln Prize and the Bancroft Prize (Foner’s second).

The workshop will take place in room 227 of the Addlestone Library on the College of Charleston campus. For further information, please contact Simon Lewis at lewiss@cofc.edu; 843-953-1920.

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