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Seventeenth Annual Summer School: The New South
July 21 - July 26$1046 – $1792
The War, Reconstruction, and the new status of the South as a conquered colony of the industrial North created something historians call the “New South.” The term suggests a radical break with the past. Ralph Waldo Emerson and other Northern elites hoped to transform the South through Yankee immigration, technology, ideas, and money into a Southern version of New England. Southerners struggled with great changes in labor and capital, race relations, manners, religion, education, and with a new vision of America that repudiated their understanding of the Founding. This forced upon them the existential question: “Who are we?” Join us for a thoughtful discussion of the ways Southerners engaged this “New South” challenge.
SUNDAY, JULY 21
4:00-5:30 Registration, Assignment of Rooms is done by Abbeville in The Temple. Do not go to St. Christopher Office. All lectures are in the Temple.
5:30-6:00 Camp Orientation
6:00-7:00 Supper (All meals in Cafeteria)
7:00-8:00 “Southern Reconstruction: (1863-1950),” Philip Leigh
MONDAY, JULY 22
9:00-10:30 “Post-War Reconstruction of the Southern Mind Through Education Reform,”
Prof. James Kibler
10:30-11:30 “Where the Grapes of Wrath Are Stored”: Reconstruction of Southern Religion: 1865-1930,” Dr. John Devanny
1:00-4:00 Free Time
4:00-5:00 “Haunted by the South, A Great French Writer and His Relationship with the South,” Prof. Alphonse Vinh
5:00-6:00 “The Strange Career of Segregation,” Prof. Jack Trotter
7:30-8:30 “A Reading of Poems, Including a Series on Confederate Memorials: “’Tear ‘Em Down’ and Resistance,” Prof. Catharine Savage Brosman
TUESDAY, JULY 23
9:00-10:30 “Southern Populism and the South’s Agrarian Identity,” Prof. John Devanny
10:30-11:30 “Strom Thurmond, the Dixie Crats, and Southern Identity,” Michael Martin
1:00-4:00 Free Time
4:00-5:00 “Postbellum Louisiana in Grace King’s Fiction: The New South?” Prof. Catharine Savage Brosman
5:00-6:00 “Walker Percy: A Southern Physician Analyses the Maladies of his Region,” Prof. Alphonse Vinh
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24
9:00-5:00 Free time in Charleston. Meet at 5:00 at Washington Light Infantry Arsenal 187 Meeting Street, Charleston for banquet and lecture.
“Don’t Remove Confederate Statutes,” Philip Leigh
THURSDAY, July 25
9:00-10:30 “Three Great Disfranchisements: (1861, 1865,1867-70),” Dr. Jonathan White
10:30-11:30 “The Graves of Thermopylae,” Prof. Jack Trotter
1;00-4:00 Free Time
4:00-5:00 “The South in Retreat? Prof. Carey Roberts
5:00-6:30 Panel Discussion: What is Living and What is Dead in the Southern Tradition”
FRIDAY, JULY 26
PLACE AND COST
St. Christopher Conference Center on the beach of beautiful Seabrook Island, SC. We will spend Wednesday visiting historic sights in Charleston. Cost for tuition, room, meals and continuous refreshments for five days is $1,046 (single) and $1,792 (double). Scholarships are available for college and graduate students who are encouraged to apply. Please contact Dr. Livingston either by phone or email to register or for more information.
Should space at the conference center be filled, rooms are available at a short distance on Seabrook and Kiawah Islands. In that case, the cost for tuition and meals for a double is $1,292 and $646 for a single. Tuition alone (with banquet on Wednesday in Charleston) is $460. Simply “Google “Pelican Watch Seabrook Island” which is next to the conference site.