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CCU Professor in African Diaspora Studies program granted Fulbright award

Maggi Morehouse, CCU Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Cultures, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Research/Teaching Fulbright Award to the United Kingdom. For eight months starting in January 2018, Morehouse will teach and tutor on African American topics in the recently initiated Black Studies Ph.D. program in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham.

Morehouse is a key advisor and professor of CCU’s African Diaspora Studies minor. In addition to traditional scholarship, she provide historical consultation and crafts oral histories into visual short stories on topics ranging from black World War II soldiers to enslaved potters, to Southern women, to African diaspora migration.

“I will be conducting field research around the contemporary conditions of black lives in the U.K., asking specifically about experiences with the Brexit vote by which the U.K. will leave the European Union,” said Morehouse.  “My research will set contemporary realities into the historical context of identity formation within the U.K. and ultimately compare that history to the experiences within the African American community. The goal is to illuminate the contemporary attitudes, beliefs and experiences of individuals in the African diaspora.”

This is the second Fulbright award for Morehouse, who also completed a Fulbright Research Scholar posting at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad, where she collected oral histories of black West Indians who participated in the British armed forces during World War II. She joins 18 other current CCU faculty and 12 retired CCU faculty who have also received Fulbright awards.


CCU student in African Diaspora Studies minor wins award for history research paper

Tanya Jones, a junior history major and African diaspora studies minor, won the Margaret Watson Award for Collegiate Research from the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies for her paper “Hidden Jewels: Grace and Williamsburg County Black Life from 1856 through 1944.” 

The Margaret Watson Award is an annual honor bestowed on a collegiate research paper that offers a significant contribution to the study and interpretation of South Carolina history.    

 Jones’ paper was a product of research she conducted on her own family’s history over a period of two decades.  In crafting the paper, she worked under Maggi Morehouse, CCU Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Cultures, who teaches in the African diaspora studies minor. 

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