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Charles Joyner to lecture at Oxford University

September 28, 2007

Charles Joyner, Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture Emeritus at Coastal Carolina University, will lecture on the American Civil War at England's Oxford University on Oct. 15.

Joyner is well known among British scholars of American history. He has lectured extensively on Southern history and culture in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America and Australia. He served as a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Mississippi; and Australasia's University of Sydney.

Author or co-author of six books and numerous articles and essays, Joyner is best known for his study of the rice plantations along the Waccamaw River, "Down by the Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Community." Published by the University of Illinois Press, it won the National University Press Book Award and was cited as "the finest work ever written on American slavery."

Among Joyner's numerous honors and awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science Research Council, the Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities from the South Carolina Humanities Council, the "Ambassador of Peace" Award from the Louis G. Gregory Ba'hai Center, the Bobby Gilmer Moss Award for Research and Preservation of South Carolina History from the South Carolina State Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, honorary life memberships in BrANCH (British Nineteenth-century American Historians) for his contributions to the transatlantic study of American history and in the American Civil War Roundtable of Australia for his contributions to international understanding of Southern history and culture; and the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Presbyterian College.

Joyner was elected by his peers to serve as president of the Southern Historical Association, a 5,000-member international organization of scholars of the history of the American South.

He earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He also pursued postdoctoral studies in comparative slave societies at Harvard University. He joined the Coastal faculty in 1988.