Classical Music History (including any specific artists or individual composers) Presented by Eric J. Lapin. Can include specific descriptions of different eras, major works, and/or individual composers. Any talk will feature in-depth historical context and stories about major composers of the time period. Click here for the Speakers Bureau Application.
Women Taking Charge: The Rise of the Novel and Resistant Reading Presented by Christopher Johnson. One of the most interesting dynamics of eighteenth-century literature is the emergence of women writers. This talk will examine how early women novelists took the stories they inherited from male authors and retold them in ways that were quietly subversive. … Read more
The Early-Modern Origins of Today’s Political Satire Presented by Christopher Johnson. As we are bombarded daily by ever-coarsening political discourse, it is tempting to long for a gentler, perhaps more civil, age. Imagining a past similar to the worlds of Jane Austen novels, we sometimes project our wishes onto the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This … Read more
The Early Novel as Self-Help Book: The Curious Intersections of Fiction and Medicine Presented by Christopher Johnson. Today we think of novels as little more than entertainment. When the genre emerged in the eighteenth century, novels also had an almost medicinal function: they were texts that helped readers regulate their passions. Drawing on recent scholarship, … Read more
The War That Made America: The French and Indian War Presented by Aliene Shields Humphries. The French and Indian War pitted the colonies of British America against those of New France, each side supported by military units from the parent country and by American Indian allies. Humphries discusses the experiences of this often-forgotten conflict and … Read more
The Importance of South Carolina During the American Revolutionary War Presented by Aliene Shields Humphries. There is much more to the role of South Carolina than just what happened on the battlefield! In this presentation, Aliene Humphries talks about the fascinating but little-known stories of the Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaigns both on and off the battlefield. … Read more