Conference Opportunity: Transforming Public History from Charleston to the Atlantic Word"

Conference Updates and Upcoming CFP Deadline on December 15th!
"Transforming Public History from Charleston to the Atlantic Word"
College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, June 14-17, 2017

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

Conference planners are seeking proposals for workshops, roundtable discussions, 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 include:
Keynote Lecture: Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum for African American History and Culture
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

For more information about how to submit a proposal, click here.

For questions or concerns contact Dr. Mary Battle at

June 14th Conference Workshop Options include:
“Giving Voice to Long-Silenced Millions: Interpreting Slavery on Historic Sites,” 9 am-5 pm
Led by: Kristin Gallas, Tracing Center, Author of Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites

“Facilitated Dialogue on Social Justice and Public History,” 9am-5 pm
Led by: Braden Paynter, The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

“Historical Documentation and the African American Experience,” 9 am-12 pm
Led by: Miranda Mims and Steven G. Fullwood, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture