Charleston Syllabus Symposium – Friday, September 23, 2016

On Friday, September 23, 2016, the Charleston Syllabus Symposium will be held at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries at the University of Georgia.

(From The Charleston Syllabus Symposium web page):

“Inspired by the #CharlestonSyllabus hashtag campaign born in the wake of the June 17 massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, this symposium is open to UGA students and faculty to come together to discuss the current state of race relations, racial violence and civil rights activism in the U.S. Featured speakers will include historians Chad Williams, Kidada E. Williams and Keisha N. Blain, editors of Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence, an anthology recently published by the University of Georgia Press.”

Chad Williams is associate professor and chair of African and Afro-American studies at Brandeis University and is the author of Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era.

Kidada E. Williams is associate professor of history at Wayne State University and the author of They Left Great Marks on Me: African American Testimonies of Racial Violence from Emancipation to World War I.

Keisha N. Blain is assistant professor of history at the University of Iowa. Her work has been published in the Journal of Social History; Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society; and Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International.

A schedule for the symposium is available at

The symposium will be livestreamed on the UGA Press Facebook page at

UPDATE: The symposium will also be livestreamed at 

You can read more about the book Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism and Racial Violence here.  The book is available from UGA Press here.


Society of American Archivists Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference August 3rd

Registration for the Society of American Archivists Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference August 3rd at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History in Atlanta, GA is still live.

Attendance is free and aiming to bring together a multiplicity of professions (artists, scientists, historians, educators, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, digital humanities, etc.). All welcome!

Register here:

Questions? Contact Jill Severn

Please share with colleagues who may be interested–all welcome!



An informative and fun day, with a variety of workshops and attendee-driven conversations, covering all aspects of Teaching with Primary Sources. Join your colleagues and like-minded professionals, including educators at all levels, archivists and librarians from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ACRL (RBMS), and across allied fields.  Hosted by the wonderful folks at Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and organized by the SAA Reference, Access and Outreach Section’s Committee on Teaching with Primary Sources.

Open to individuals with all levels of experience who use primary source material in classroom and instruction settings. Tell your non-archivist teaching friends!
This is an à la carte, drop-in/drop-out event and you don’t need to come to the whole thing.  If you don’t know what SAA is and don’t have any idea what goes on at the annual conference, that doesn’t matter!  We want primary-source-educators from all walks of life to gather together to learn from each other about what works and what doesn’t.

For your archivists: Registration will be a separate process from the Society of American Archivists 2016 Conference registration — you can attend this event without attending the conference.  Lunch on your own with many nearby options.  Registration is first-come first-served.