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Event Details

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Discussion between Judge Richard Gergel and Patricia Sullivan 

April 19, 2022

 6:00 pm

Karen J. Williams Courtroom, UofSC Law School

Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy's America in Black and White

A conversation with author Patricia Sullivan & U.S. District Court judge Richard Gergel

Book signing and reception to follow

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Conversation with Rachel Sagner Buurma and Laura Heffernan

April 22

3:00 pm

via Zoom

A conversation with Rachel Sagner Buurma and Laura Heffernan, who will be discussing their recent book The Teaching Archive: A New History for Literary Study. Buurma and Heffernan offer a new account of the history of literary studies that suggests that, as Louis Menand puts it, "the history of  English is not the history of big books of criticism talking to other big books of criticism. Instead it is the history of students and teachers talking to each other in the classroom.” Drawing on an extensive archive of teaching materials—lecture notes, syllabuses, course descriptions, assignments—their book traces the ideas and texts that have structured the study of literature n over the past century back to classrooms at HBCUs, community colleges, and extension courses as well as Ivy League universities. Their archive offers a fascinating and refreshing history of literary study that promises to transform debates about its present and future in an age of defunding and causalization.

In preparation for our conversation with Buurma and Heffernan, we will be reading the introduction and conclusion of their book, as well as their chapter on the teaching notes and syllabi of J. Saunders Redding, the author of To Make the Poet Black (1939). The book is available as an e-book via the university library; if you would like to receive a PDF version of the reading please request them from Brian Glavey at

Rachel Sagner Buurma is Associate Professor of English at Swarthmore College and the co-director of the Aydelotte Foundation. In addition to The Teaching Archive, she is the author of essays that have appeared in collections and journals including Big Data and Society, Debates in Digital HumanitiesNew Literary HistoryPMLA, RepresentationsStudies in English Literature, and Victorian Studies.

Laura Heffernan is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Florida. In addition to The Teaching Archive, she is the co-editor of Laura Riding’s Contemporaries and Snobs and of numerous essays in edited collections and journals including James Joyce Quarterly, Modernism/Modernity, Modernist Cultures, New Literary History, PMLA, Representations, and Victorian Studies.

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Conversations on the American South with Thavolia Glymph

May 2, 2022

6:00 pm

Karen J. Williams Courtroom, UofSC School of Law

The Inaugural Conversation: Race, Gender and the Civil War Era 

Professor Thavolia Glymph Peabody Family Distinguished Professor of History, Duke University

Conversations on the American South are live podcast interviews with distinguished scholars, teachers and students of the American South. They are recorded in front of an audience and broadcast on the Take On the South podcast. Reception & book signing to follow. 

Sponsored by the Institute for Southern Studies

Co-Sponsored by: History Center, Department of History, African-American Studies, Women's & Gender Studies, Institute for African American Research, the Humanities Collaborative 


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