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CCU celebrates work of Southern historian

January 27, 2011

Coastal Carolina University will present An Afternoon Celebration with Charles Joyner, at noon on Friday, Feb. 11 at the Waccamaw Higher Education Center in Litchfield. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will celebrate the work of Joyner, distinguished professor emeritus of Southern history and culture at CCU. He will speak about his experience as editor of Slavery & Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive, an acclaimed, four-part digital collection devoted to the study of slavery and made available through Kimbel Library at CCU.

The event will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of Joyners book, Down by the Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Community, an award-winning study of slave life on the Waccamaw Neck. Joyner will discuss the latest edition of his book.

Joyner holds two earned doctorates, 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, and was elected by his fellow historians to serve as president of the Southern Historical Association, a 5,000-member international organization of scholars of the history of the American South.

Joyner has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Mississippi; and the University of Sydney, Australia. He was an associate professor of the Du Bois Center at Harvard University and was elected to honorary life membership in British American Nineteenth-Century Historians and the American Civil War Round Table of Australia.

For reservations, call 843-349-6584.