GREENVILLE, S.C.—Some of the nation’s most prominent historians, authors and civil rights activists will be on the Furman University campus in July and August to participate in a special lecture series, “The Legacy of the Civil War and the Long Road to Civil Rights.”
The Riley Institute and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) are sponsoring the lecture series which begins Tuesday, July 26 and meets each successive Tuesday through Aug. 16. The sessions take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Younts Conference Center on the Furman campus.
The series is open to the public and is hosted by A.V. Huff, professor emeritus of history at Furman. Cost for attending the entire series is $40 ($30 for OLLI members). Single event tickets are $15.
The series consists of four sessions:
July 26 – “The Impact of the Civil War: Redefining America and Americans”
Aug. 2 – “From Emancipation to Segregation: A New Era in Race Relations”
Aug. 9 – “The Long Road to Civil Rights: From Oppression to Opportunity”
Aug. 16 – “Toward a New Paradigm: Equality of Justice and Opportunity”
The sessions will feature John McCardell, vice chancellor of The University of the South; Lloyd Benson, professor of history at Furman; Bernard Powers, professor of history at College of Charleston; Robert Korstad, professor of public policy and history at Duke University; Steve O’Neill, professor of history at Furman; Ophelia De Laine Gona, author of Dawn of Desegregation: J.A.De Laine and Briggs v. Elliott; Cleveland Sellers, president of Voorhees College; Jack Bass, author of The Orangeburg Massacre; Rod Smolla, Furman president; and Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns.
For a detailed schedule of events or to register online, visit the Riley Institute website.
More information is also available by contacting OLLI at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-294-2998.