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"JUST SHARING: BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH STORIES OF OUR PAST"

TUESDAY - JUNE 25, 2024 – 6:30 P.M.

LAURENS COUNTY MUSEUM

MAGNOLIA ROOM

116 SOUTH PUBLIC SQUARE

LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA


 6:30 P.M. Light Refreshments will be served

7:00 P.M. The Speakers will begin

 

Please join us on Tuesday, June 25th, as the Laurens County Museum will host a unique panel of Scholars and Historians that will be speaking on a variety of topics.  This is a partnership project of South Carolina Humanities, Clemson University, The National Endowment of Humanities and the University of South Carolina.


This unique panel of Scholars and Historians will address the overall community centered project of fostering fellowship and creating empathy through conversation about our shared past, present and future. 


The Speakers consist of the following:


“RECONSTRUCTION, THE LEAST UNDERSTOOD, MOST PROGRESSIVE

AND MORST IMPORTANT PERIOD OF US HISTORY"


Vernon Burton, Professor of History; Director, Clemson Cyberinstitute – Professor Burton comes to us with a hat of many honors and achievements.  He received his Ph.D from Princeton University in 1976.


Professor Burton is recognized for his teaching and was selected nationwide as the 1999 U.S. Research and Doctoral University Professor of the Year - presented by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He was elected to the Society of American Historians and was one of ten historians selected to contribute to the Presidential Inaugural Portfolio (January 21, 2013) by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.


“THE CHEROKEE STORY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION”


Alice Taylor-Colbert, Ph.D. American Studies, Emory University

Professor Taylor-Colbert holds a M.A. and Ph.D. degree in American Studies from Emory University. In her new role as the Development and Special Initiatives Officer, Professor Taylor-Colbert will assist the board and staff with special initiatives, supervise the creation of the South Carolina Humanities archives, write grants, and engage in development activities with the Executive Director. She previously served as Director of Innovation and Tenured Professor of History at the Palmetto College where she assisted the Chancellor in strategic planning, college initiatives, program development, grant writing, innovation grant management and special project management. She served as Campus Dean at USC Union and as a Dean and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lander University. Professor Taylor-Colbert is a museum curator and archivist and former President of the Georgia Association of Historians.  She currently serves on the boards of the South Carolina Historical Association and the Georgia Trail of Tears Association. 


“UNDERSTANDING WOMEN'S RIGHTS”


Jennifer Gunter, PhD, Philosophy - Professor Gunter holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Mississippi and Doctor of Philosophy, American History, University of South Carolina.


Professor Gunter is a Historian at the University of South Carolina and former Director of the Collaborative on Race. A skilled professional with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry in both the classroom and administration. Skilled in Training, Facilitation, Mediation, Nonprofit Organizations, Event Planning, Editing, Public Speaking, and Research. She is a facilitator for the Welcome Table process, a community trust-building process that helps communities heal from societal divisions that have been historically embedded. In 2022 she was recognized as a Racial Healing Practitioner Fellow by the National Compadres Network with support from the Kellogg Foundation.


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