On March 8, 9, and 10, 2007, Clemson and Furman Universities will host an interdisciplinary conference on the South Carolina Upcountry. The goal is to frame questions about the Upcountry's past and present in ways that will offer insight into the origins of contemporary challenges. The emphasis on a "usable past " is designed to attract a wide and varied audience and to generate dialogue among scholars, the public, civic and political leaders, and the media. The meeting, which will begin in Clemson on Thursday, March 8, and move to Greenville for the evening of March 9 and all of Saturday, March 10, will feature plenary sessions on each day, interspersed with panel sessions of visiting scholars, students, and other experts. Plenary speakers are expected to include Vernon Burton, John David Smith, Theda Perdue, Ron Rash, Lacy Ford, and James Cobb.
The conference will be held on the Clemson campus at the Madren Conference Center, in Greenville at the Public Library, and on the Furman campus at the Younts Center.
Scholars interested in presenting papers are invited to submit titles, a brief abstract, and a short vita by December 15, 2006. Proposals for individual papers and for entire panels are both welcome. It is anticipated that a volume of conference essays will subsequently be published.
Department of History
Clemson, SC 29634
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