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AHBC Past Schedules

2016-2017

Monday, September 19, 2016
Speaker: Joseph Crespino, Ph.D., Jimmy Carter Professor & History Department Chair, Emory University
Topic: Former SC Governor and Longtime U.S. Senator – Strom Thurmond

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – Evening Program at the Poinsett Club
Speaker: David Brooks, New York Times Best Selling Author
Topic: Power, Politics, & Character: The Election of the American President

Monday, February 13, 2017
Speaker: Diane Vecchio, Ph.D.,  Professor and History Department Chair, Furman University
Topic: The Pellagra Scourge

Monday, March 20, 2017
Speaker: Kathryn Smith
Topic: Marguerite “Missy” LeHand, FDR’s de facto chief of staff

Monday, May 1, 2017
Speaker: Harry Lee Poe, Ph.D., Charles Colson University Professor of Faith and Culture, Union University
Topic: The Real Edgar Allan Poe

2015-2016

Monday, September 14, 2015
Speaker: William S. Davies, Jr., South Carolina Historical Society Board of Managers
Topic: Robert Mills: America’s First Native-Born Architect

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Speaker: Mark M. Smith, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of South Carolina
Topic: The Smell of Battle, The Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Speaker: Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winning Author
Topic: The Art of Power: Lessons from the American Presidency

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Speakers: David Heidler, Ph.D., and Jeanne Heidler, Ph.D., Professor of History, United States Air Force Academy
Topic: Washington’s Circle: The Creation of the President 

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Speakers: James Cobb, Ph.D., and Emory Thomas, Ph.D., Professors of History, University of Georgia
Topic: Revisiting the Confederate Legacy

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Speaker: Joseph Ellis, Pulitzer Prize winning Historian
Topic: Power, Politics & Character: The Election of the American President

Monday, May 9, 2016
Speaker: C. Danielle Vinson, Ph.D., Professor of History, Furman University
Topic: What Does Candidate Character Tell Us About Presidential Power

2014-2015

Monday, September 22, 2014
Speakers: Dr. Clarence Easley of Greenville, Dr. David Smith of Greenville, Dr. Don Mullen of Highlands, Dr. Rebecca Loomis of Gainesville, and Dr. Thomas Gailey of Elberton
Topic: To Have Lived: Dr. Clarence Easley’s Stories of Marines, Medicine and Missions by Dr. David Smith

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Speaker: Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Virginia
Topic: The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire

Monday, January 26, 2015
Speaker: Andrea Feeser, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Clemson University
Topic: Red, White and Black Make Blue: Indigo in the Fabric of Colonial South Carolina Life

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Speaker: H.W. Brands, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Texas in Austin
Topic: The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Speaker: David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize winning Author
Topic: “Leadership and the History You Don’t Know”

Monday, May 4, 2015
Speaker: Marian Strobel, Ph.D., Professor of History, Furman University
Topic: The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw

2013-2014

Monday, September 9, 2013
Speaker: Mayor Knox H. White, Greenville, South Carolina
Topic: “Restoring Our City’s Past to Build Its Future”

Thursday, October 3, 2013 – Evening Program
Speaker: Dr. Cynthia A. Kierner, Professor of History, George Mason University
Topic: Martha Jefferson Randolph

Thursday, November 14, 2013 – Evening Program at the Poinsett Club
Speaker: Amity Shlaes, Political and Economic Author; Senior Fellow and Director of the Four Percent Project at the George W. Bush Institute
Topic: “Coolidge and the Decade of Unparalleled Economic Growth”

Monday, February 17, 2014
Speaker: Dr. W. Eric Emerson, Director of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History
Topic: Treasures from the Archives

Thursday, March 13, 2014 – Evening Program
Speakers: Dr. Walter Edgar, American Historian & host of “Walter Edgar’s Journal” on ETV Radio, & Dr. James C. Cobb, Professor of History, University of Georgia
Topic: “A Conversation About the South”

Thursday, April 10, 2014 – Evening Program at the Poinsett Club (AHBC Scholarship Fund Raiser)
Speakers: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winning Author and Historian
Topic: “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism”

Monday, April 14, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Marian Strobel, Professor of History, Furman University
Topic: “‘The Other Washington Monument:’ The Life and Legend of Alice Roosevelt Longworth”

Monday, May 5, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Leonard Kupersmith, Headmaster, Christ Church Episcopal School
Topic: David Brooks’ Social Animal: Three Cheers for Emotional Intelligence

2012-2013

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 – Evening Program
Speaker: Dr. Tomiko Brown-Nagin
Topic: Courts and Equality: Yesterday and Today

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Speaker: Mary Johnston

Monday, November 5, 2012
Speaker: James Shoemaker
Topic: Review of “Citizens of London” by Lynne Olson

Monday, January, 2013
Speaker: Robert Hicks
Topic: Why the Civil War Matters

Monday, February 11, 2013
Speaker: Michael Pratt
Topic: Great Britain and the Confederacy

Monday, April 8, 2013
Speaker: Dr. Lloyd Benson
Topic: “Disease and Democracy in Six Atlantic World Cities”

2011-2012

October 12, 2011 – Evening Program
Speaker: Dr. Lester Hudson
Topic: Review of: The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers by Thomas Fleming

November 30, 2011
Speaker: James M. Shoemaker, Jr.
Topic: A Personal Remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor

January 12, 2012 – Evening Program
Speaker: Dr. James Cobb, Professor of History, UGA
Topic: The South and America Since WWII

March 7, 2012
Speaker: Ray Denny
Topic: Cathedrals of England

April 5, 2012 Evening Program
Speaker: Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author and Presidential
Historian
Topic: Now and Then: What History Tells Us about the Future

2010–2011

September 29, 2010
Speaker: Robert Hicks, NY Times best-selling author
Topic: Widow of The South

October 27, 2010
Speaker: Frank Shaw
Topic: The Role of the Scots in American History

January 26, 2011 – Evening Program
Speaker: Dr. John Shelton Reed, author: Holy Smoke
Topic: Dixie Bohemia, a book in progress

February 23, 2011
Speaker: Michael Pratt
Topic: 1776 and all That!!

March 30, 2011
Speaker: Dr. Erskine Clarke, author: Dwelling Place
Topic: Dwelling Place

2009-2010

September 23, 2009
Speaker: Pat Prioleau
Topic: French Huguenots in South Carolina

November 11, 2009 – Veterans Day
Speaker: Dr. Courtney Tollison, Upcountry History Museum Historian and
Furman University Associate Professor of History
Topic: World War II and Upcountry South Carolina: “We just did everything we could.”

January 14, 2010 – Evening Program
Speaker: Dr. James Cobb, Professor of History, University of Georgia,
Topic:  The Global South & Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity

February 10, 2010
Speaker: Tom Moore Craig, Retired Educator and Author of: Upcountry South  Carolina Goes to War
Topic: Letters Written by Upcountry Families During the War Between the States

March 25, 2010
Speaker: William Seale, Author, The President’s House: A History, 2 vols.
Topic: The White House

April 14, 2010
Speaker: Terry Kay, Author, The Year the Lights Came On; Dancing with the White Dog
Topic: The Importance of History in Literature

2008-2009

September 24, 2008
Speaker: Dr. Anne Blythe, Upcountry History Museum
Topic: Women’s Place in the American South

November 5, 2009
Speaker: Dr. Clarence Easley, Retired Greenville Physician
Topic: The Origins  of Religion in Early America

November 20, 2008 – Evening Program
Speaker: Dr. Lacy Ford, Professor of History, University of South Carolina
Topic: Ben Robertson and Red Hills and Cotton

February 25, 2008
Speaker: Arlene Marcley, Executive Assistant Mayor Knox White
Topic: Joel Poinsett, American Statesman

April 22, 2009
Speaker: Dr. Willard Pate, Faulkner Scholar, Furman University
Topic: William Faulkner’s South