March 16-18 | CLAW Conference Reinterprets Reconstruction

The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) Program at the College of Charleston is pleased to announce its latest conference, Freedoms Gained and Lost: Reinterpreting Reconstruction in the Atlantic World, will be held March 16-18, 2018, at the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library.

The conference commemorates the 150th anniversary of South Carolina’s 1868 Constitutional Convention and will feature scholars from around the world discussing freedoms gained and lost during the Reconstruction era, including women’s rights, the meaning of emancipation, historical memory, and more. Tickets for the full three-day conference are $50 per person. The conference is free for College of Charleston students, faculty, and staff.

The keynote and two plenaries are free and open to the public, but registration is required:

W.E.B. Du Bois, Black Reconstruction, and the New History of Emancipation

  • Friday, March 16 | 3:30 p.m.
  • Panelists include Thavolia Glymph, James Oakes, Heather Cox Richardson, and Brian Kelly
  • Register

Who Was Reconstruction For?

  • Friday, March 16 | 6:00 p.m.
  • Keynote address/Wells Fargo Distinguished Public Lecture delivered by Bruce Baker
  • Register

The Making of Reconstruction Era National Monument: A Round Table

  • Saturday, March 17 | 3:00 p.m.
  • Panelists include Michael Allen, Eric Foner, Kate Masur, Billy Keyserling, Sam Murray, Abraham Murray, and Rodell Lawrence
  • Register

The conference will also mark the debut of an original exhibit showcasing the documentary heritage of Reconstruction and the post-emancipation era in South Carolina and the Atlantic world. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

In addition to the events and exhibit at Addlestone Library, the unveiling of a new state historic marker at the site of the 1868 Convention will take place on March 16. Its location on Meeting Street, just south of Broad Street, will help provide visitors to Charleston a richer understanding of the city’s unique and diverse history. The unveiling will take place at 2:30 p.m., all are welcome.

Visit to learn more and register for the full conference.

About the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW)

The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program at the College of Charleston was established in 1994 to promote scholarship and public engagement with the history and culture of the Lowcountry region, the Atlantic World, and the connections between the two. In collaboration with various local, national, and international partners, the CLAW program regularly hosts or co-sponsors a range of conferences, symposia, public lectures, faculty seminar sessions, film screenings, and other public programming in and around Charleston, South Carolina.