Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Get to Know the Women Who Helped Shape South Carolina History

The symposium South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times offers an excellent opportunity to spend a day hearing the fascinating stories of the women who helped shape South Carolina history. Held in Columbia, South Carolina, the June 4 event will feature the editors of, and contributors to, the three-volume anthology SOUTH CAROLINA WOMEN: THEIR LIVES AND TIMES, which is published by the UGA Press. Volume 1 is currently available, Volume 2 is scheduled to appear in January 2010, and Volume 3 will follow later in 2010 or in 2011. Attendees will learn about a Native American queen, enslaved and free black women in the Old South, plantation mistresses, abolitionists, Revolutionary and Civil War heroines, suffragists, civil rights leaders, politicians, artists, scientists, teachers, jurists, and athletes. The symposium is sponsored by the University of South Carolina College of Arts and Sciences, The Southeastern Institute for Women and Politics, and The Alliance for Women.

The event will be held in the Daniel-Mickel Center on the eighth floor of the Moore School of Business on the University of South Carolina campus. Tickets are $40 per person (includes lunch and parking). For more information and to register, visit the University's Conferences and Event Services online, or call them at(803) 777-9444.

The symposium kicks off the Eighth Southern Conference on Women’s History, which will be held June 4–6 on the campus of the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Go online for more information, or call (803) 777-9444.

The South Carolina Women volumes are part of Southern Women: Their Lives and Times, a series of biographical, life-and-times histories of women from the various southern states. Each book in the series, which is published by the UGA Press, is a collection of insightful essays focused on the lives of individuals or small groups of women that address larger issues in the history of the state, the South, and the nation. These individual profiles also contribute to an understanding of the history of women and gender roles in American society.

Other currently available, or soon forthcoming, titles in the series cover women in Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.