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Reconstructing the Black Archive: South Carolina as Case Study, 1739-1895 (June 18 – July 8, 2023)

NEH Institute co-sponsored by Clemson University and Furman University

About the Institute

This NEH Summer Institute aims to uncover new ways to understand, depict, and reconstruct notions about early Black lives. This aim is necessarily tied to teaching, and entirely entwined with a communal commitment to pedagogy and mentoring. The organizers of this endeavor hail both from Furman University, a prominent liberal arts college with a deep commitment to the intersectional humanities, and also from Clemson University, a Carnegie R1 University with a historical emphasis upon the STEM fields but a growing strength in the humanities. This joint partnership between such different entities in the same region allows us to bring a variety of archival and pedagogical tools to the tasks at hand. Most of all, this partnership will allow us to present and exchange resources and strategies with a new generation of teachers and scholars. Reconstructing the Black Archive: South Carolina as Case Study, 1739-1895, based primarily at our two institutions both located in the vibrant Upstate of South Carolina, brings together scholars and artists to create an intense community of inquiry allowing us to collaboratively learn analytical strategies from interdisciplinary fields of the visual arts, the aural arts, community-focused research, museum studies, literary criticism, historical studies, and a swath of other creative fields.

Application submission period is closed.

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Taking South Carolina as a case study, this Institute will provide practical advice and tools for writers and researchers who examine Black histories, biographies, and life writing (narratives, gallows literature, fictionalized histories, and other such genres prevalent in the Black Archive), even if their particular subjects are not centered in South Carolina. Because of the unique positioning of South Carolina as the first Southern slave state to secede from the Union, we are in a position to look at how the archival memory needs active reconstruction.

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Project Team

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  • Co-Director Susanna Ashton, Ph.D.

    Susanna Ashton

    Susanna Ashton is a Professor of English at Clemson University. She is a scholar of literature and testament and works as an expert on contested authorship of slave or freedom narratives. From 2021-2022 she was a W.E.B. DuBois Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, has held a Fulbright to Ireland and a research fellowship with Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance, among other awards. She is the author of Collaborators in Literary America, 1820-1920, and co-editor of various collections, including “I was Born in South Carolina,” South Carolina Slave Narratives; (with Rhondda R. Thomas) The South Carolina Roots of African American Thought; (with Tom Lutz) These ‘Colored’ United States; (with William Hardwig) Approaches to Teaching Charles W. Chesnutt; Samuel Williams’ autobiography “Before the War and After the Union;” as well as chapters and articles in journals such as MELUS, Studies in the Novel, Commonplace, Frontiers, Biography, the American Literary Review, the Southern Literary Journal, History Ireland, American Periodicals, Libraries and Culture, JSTOR Daily, and Symplokē. She is completing a biography: John Andrew Jackson: the Hidden Inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin for The New Press, forthcoming 2024.

  • Co-Director Gregg Hecimovich, Ph.D.

    Gregg Hecimovich

    Gregg Hecimovich is professor of English at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Hecimovich is the author of four books including the forthcoming The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2023). He has received fellowships from the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University and the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Additionally, Hecimovich held a Public Scholar Fellowship appointment from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    He earned his BA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he won the Louis D. Rubin Jr. Prize for most outstanding creative writer in his graduating class and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude in both English literature and creative writing. He earned his MA and PhD at Vanderbilt University where he was awarded the Graduate Student of the Year Award. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award and the Max Ray Joyner Award for innovative teaching with technology.

  • Co-Director Kaniqua Robinson, Ph.D.

    Kaniqua Robinson

    Kaniqua Robinson is a professor of anthropology at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina. She earned her PhD in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida. Robinson is a research consultant and memorialization specialist for the Black Cemetery Network. Her research focuses on race and the politics of memory. Her current research centers on the public memorization and the silencing of the Black experience at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, a reform school in Florida. Robinson employs ethnographic methods in her work on the politics of memory and how Black communities experience and actively resist racial inequalities.

  • Co-Director Rhondda Robinson Thomas, Ph.D.

    Rhondda Robinson Thomas

    Rhondda Robinson Thomas is the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, where she teaches and researches early African American literature in the Department of English. She earned her PhD in English at the University of Maryland-College Park. Thomas has published Call My Name, Clemson: Documenting the Black Experience in an American University Community and recently signed a contract with University of Georgia Press to publish The Voices of Black Clemson: Silenced No More. She has also edited volume 1 of African American Literature in Transition, 1750-1800 by Cambridge University Press. She is currently serving as the Research and Community Engagement Coordinator for Clemson’s Woodland Cemetery and African American Burial Ground Historic Preservation project. Dr. Thomas is also the faculty director of the Call My Name research project for which she was selected as a Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellow and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and South Carolina Humanities. She is co-PI on a grant from the National Science Foundation for My STEM, My Story, a community-based project that will enable children in communities near Clemson University to publish a graphic novel about environmental justice. She was Clemson University’s 2021 Senior Researcher of the Year and received a Fresh Voices in the Humanities award from South Carolina Humanities in October 2022.

  • Program Manager Donna Rucker


    Donna is a native of Anderson, SC where she attended Belton-Honea Path High School and earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Lander University. She has two daughters and in her spare time she enjoys reading and photography. She currently serves as Support Staff for Anderson School District Five.

Participant Expectations

Stipend, Tenure, and Conditions of Award

Each participant will receive a stipend of $2,850 for the three-week institute. The stipend is intended to help cover institute-related expenses including housing, food, transportation to and from the institute site, books assigned but not provided by the institute team, and other basic expenses. Stipends are taxable. 

Project applicants who accept an offer to participate are expected to remain during the entire period of the program and to participate in its work on a full-time basis. If a participant is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the program, it shall be the recipient institution’s responsibility to see that only a pro rata share of the stipend is received or that the appropriate pro rata share of the stipend is returned if the participant has already received the full stipend.

At the end of the project's residential period, NEH Summer Scholars are expected to submit online evaluations of the seminar or institute.


  • Participants are required to submit a project evaluation.
  • Participant applications are due on March 3, 2023.
  • All applicants will be notified of their status (whether accepted, waitlisted, or not accepted) by April 3, 2023.
  • Selected participants must accept or decline by April 14, 2023.

Once an applicant has accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (Seminar, Institute, or Landmark), he/she/they may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

Participants will be selected by a committee consisting of five members, including the project directors.

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Participant Eligibility

Institutes are designed for a national audience of full-or part-time faculty who teach undergraduate students. Project directors may admit a limited number of others whose work lies outside undergraduate teaching but who demonstrate that their participation will advance project goals and enhance their own professional work.

At least five institute spaces will be reserved for non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty members. Three institute spaces may be reserved for advanced graduate students.

Participants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. U.S. citizens teaching abroad at U.S. chartered institutions are also eligible to participate. Foreign nationals teaching abroad are not eligible to participate.

A participant need not have an advanced degree in order to take part in an institute. Individuals may not apply to participate in an institute whose director is a family member, who is affiliated with the same institution, who has served as an academic advisor to the applicant, or who has led a previous NEH-funded seminar, institute or Landmarks workshop attended by the applicant.

Furman University

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Participants may not be delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (e.g. taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees).

Individuals may not apply to participate in an institute if they have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency. 


Guest Lecturers and Speakers

  • Edda Fields-Black

    Dr. Edda Fields-Black

    Dr. Edda Fields-Black is Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a specialist in the trans-national of West African rice farmers, peasant farmers in pre-colonial Upper Guinea Coast and enslaved laborers on rice plantations in the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry during the antebellum period. Fields-Black will lead an onsite tour exploring Harriet Tubman’s Combahee River Raid based on her new book from Oxford University Press on the subject.

  • Nikky Finney

    Nikky Finney

    Nikky Finney was born by the sea in South Carolina and raised during the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Black Arts Movements. She is the author of On Wings Made of Gauze; Rice; The World Is Round; and Head Off & Split, which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2011. Her new collection of poems, Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry, was released in 2020 from TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Brandon Inabinet

    Brandon Inabinet

    Professor Inabinet has published on ancient ethics and rhetorical theory in modern contexts. He is specifically interested in the current moment in regional rhetoric, and the way that the U.S. South's project of racial reckoning reflects and leverages global social movement. Inabinet served as chair of the Furman Universtiy Task Force on Slavery & Justice.

  • Mary Caton Lingold

    Lingold Bradley

    Dr. Mary Caton Lingold is Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in the literature, culture, and music of the early modern African Atlantic world, sound studies, and digital humanities. Her book, Sound Legacy: Music and Slavery in an African Atlantic World, is forthcoming with UVA Press (Fall 2023).

  • Barbara McCaskill


    Barbara McCaskill is a professor at the University of Georgia in the Department of English. She is also Co-P.I. of Culture and Community at the Penn Center and Civil Rights Digital Library and Associate Academic Director of Willson Center for Humanities & Arts at UGA. Her areas of research interest are nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American literature, African American print culture, the literature and film of the Civil Rights Movement, multiplatform storytelling and digital humanities archives, project- and place-based learning, and contemporary Black Feminist/Womanist literature. In support of this research, she has been the recipient of summer seminar grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Ford Foundation, and of prestigious fellowships from centers such as the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. McCaskill has published The Magnificent Reverend Peter Thomas Stanford: Transatlantic Reformer and Race Man, co-authored by Sidonia Serafini with Rev. Paul Walker, Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory, Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem: African American Literature and Culture, 1877-1919 a teaching edition of the 1860 memoir Running 1,000 Miles for Freedom: The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery. She has also published scores of peer-reviewed journal essays and book chapters including in The Cambridge History of African American Autobiography and The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative.

  • Joycelyn Moody

    Joycelyn Moody

    Joycelyn Moody is Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she teaches courses on African American literature, life writing, and Black feminisms. She served as Editor-in-Chief of African American Review from Fall 2004 through Spring 2008. She has taught at several institutions, including the University of Washington, Saint Louis University, Hamilton College, and the Harvard School of Divinity. Besides articles and chapters, her publications include Sentimental Confessions: Spiritual Narratives of Nineteenth-Century African American Women and Course Guide for The Norton Anthology of African American Literature 2nd ed. She is co-editor of the African American Literature in Transition series and editor of A History of African American Autobiography both published by Cambridge University Press.

  • Jessica Millward

    Jessica Millward

    Jessica Millward is a media-savvy historian and podcast host who specializes in bringing a historical perspective to modern times. An out-of-the-box thinker, radical dreamer and intellectual freedom fighter, Millward is particularly interested in the intersections of slavery, freedom, power and liberation.
    Professor Millward is the Black Thriving Inclusive Excellence Term Chair at UC Irvine. An Associate Professor in the Department of History and Core Faculty member of African American Studies, Dr. Millward's first book, Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved and Free Black Women in Maryland was published as part of the Race in the Atlantic World series, Athens: University of Georgia Press (2015). An award-winning scholar, she has published in the Journal of African American History, the Journal of Women’s History, Frontiers, Souls and the Women’s History Review as well as Op-eds in Chronicle of Higher Education, The and The Millward is currently working on a book length project that discusses African American women's experiences with sexual assault and intimate partner violence in the late 19th century.

  • Holly Pinheiro

    Dr. Holly Pinheiro

    Dr. Holly Pinheiro Jr.’s research focuses on the intersectionality of race, gender, and class in the military from 1850 through the 1930s. Counter to the national narrative which championed the patriotic manhood of soldiering from the Civil War through the 1930s, his research reveals that African American veterans and their families' military experience were much more fraught. Economic and social instability introduced by military service resonated for years and even generations after soldiers left the battlefield. He is the author of The Families’ Civil War: Black Soldiers and The Fight for Racial Justice (U. of Georgia P., 2022).

  • Glenis Redmond

    Glenis Redmond

    Glenis Redmond is a nationally renowned award-winning poet and teaching artist traveling the world sharing and teaching poetry. She writes about the strength of her Afro-Carolinian roots, while exploring their weighted and palpable histories. Redmond is a literary community leader. She is dedicated to coaching and uplifting youth poet’s voices. She co-founded a literary program called Peace Voices in her hometown of Greenville, SC from 2012-2019. Redmond is also a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist and a Cave Canem poet.

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The former Cigar Factory in Charleston, S.C. is home to the Clemson Architecture Center

Weekly Syllabus and Schedules





Sunday, June 18

REGISTRATION & CHECK-IN: 2:00pm - 5:45pm

South Carolina Picnic Welcome at 6:00 P.M.

Clemson U.

Picnic & Welcome at the Barnes Center

Monday, June 19

Morning: Opening Session

Lunch: Community Juneteenth Festival (on campus; optional)

Afternoon: 5-minute elevator talks from Institute participants

Clemson U. 

Tuesday, June 20

Morning: “Call My Name” Tour of Clemson University and Presentation - institutional projects and initiatives

Afternoon: Finding Charity’s Folk  - a presentation by visiting scholar (Millard)  - small group responses/workshop

Clemson U. 

Wednesday, June 21

Morning: Research/Reading time

Afternoon: Black Biography, Life Writing, and Living Memory - Presentation and discussions with Jocelyn, Moody

Clemson U.

Thursday, June 22

Morning: Workshop with Glenis Redmond: Dave the Potter

Afternoon: Presentation by Barbara McCaskill

Clemson U.

Friday, June 23

Morning: Special Collections & Archives Presentation / Research time / tools and techniques

Afternoon: Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum (Seneca, SC) and African American heritage bus tour of Clemson and Pendleton, SC.

Clemson U. Special Collections

Seneca, Clemson, and Pendleton, South Carolina

WEEK 2: RECONSTRUCTING ARCHIVES OF BLACK LIFE Travel from Clemson, SC to Columbia, SC, and  Charleston, SC




Monday, June 26

Morning: Academic programming - material history as archive

Ehren Foley from University of South Carolina Press – discussion about the state of the field and publishing options

Afternoon: Participant project work and library consultations.

Clemson U.

Tuesday, June 27

Morning: Participant Presentations & Break-Out Discussion 

Nate Holly of University of Georgia Press – discussion about the state of the field and publishing options

Afternoon: Mary Caton Lingold - “Sound as Archive” (via Zoom)

Clemson U.

Wednesday, June 28

Morning: Travel to SC Department of Archives and History, Columbia, SC

Afternoon: Presentations and research at the SC Department of Archives and History

Evening: travel to College of Charleston

Columbia, SC>>Charleston, SC

Thursday, June 29

Morning: Walking tour of African American history in Charleston 0r optional Reading/Research time

Afternoon: Avery Center for African American Research Tour

Charleston, SC

Friday, June 30

Morning: International African American Museum

Afternoon: Charleston Public Library South Carolina Room  

Charleston, SC

Saturday, July 01

Morning: Edda Fields Black – Introduction to Harriet Tubman and South Carolina

Afternoon: McLeod Plantation labor camp 2:30 tour (optional; tickets are not covered by NEH Institute)

Discussion and collective debrief about teaching histories of trauma

Charleston, SC

WEEK 3: AMPLIFYING ARCHIVES OF BLACK LIFE Travel from Charleston, SC, to Greenville, SC




Sunday, July 1

Morning: Departure time TBD to travel back to Greenville from Charleston to Aloft Hotel in Greenville


Monday, July 03

Morning: TBD

Afternoon: Furman University Special Collections with Jeffrey Makala 

Evening: African American Walking tour of downtown Greenville  (Optional)

Charleston, SC >> Greenville, SC & Furman U. campus

Tuesday, July 04

Holiday / Hikes to waterfalls excursion (optional)

Wednesday, July 05

Morning: “Seeking Abraham” tour of Greenville, SC and Furman University

Afternoon:  Research/Reading time

Evening: Nikky Finney and others poetry reading/community engagement

Furman U. campus & 

Greenville , SC

Thursday, July 06

Morning: Academic Programming

Afternoon: Research time/preparation for Institute participant presentations

Evening: Upcountry History Museum, Furman University Special Programming [The Peabody Daguerreotypes]

Furman 101 (One City Plaza)

Friday, July 07

Morning: 10-minutes escalator talks from Institute participants about their projects

Afternoon: 10-minutes escalator talks from Institute participants about their projects

Evening: Celebration dinner

Furman 101

(One City Plaza)

Saturday, July 08

Morning: Assessment / Reflections / Adjourn

Furman 101

(One City Plaza)

Locations and Accommodations

This NEH Institute will take place on three separate sites:  Clemson, SC, Charleston, SC and Greenville, SC.  The NEH Institute will provide transportation between these three sites; however, participants will cover their accommodation expenses. Housing must be booked directly with housing companies and paid for by participants. The housing recommendations below are all optional, and participants are welcome to make their own arrangements at other facilities as appropriate.

Clemson University – Clemson, SC

  • Traveling to Clemson University

    Participants can choose to fly or drive to Clemson University. 

    Clemson is accessible from a major interstate, I-85. Take Exit 19B towards Clemson University. Follow US-76 for approximately 12 miles. Exit off US-76 onto SC-93 S toward Clemson University.


    Closest Airports

    The closest airport to Clemson University is the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and is about a one-hour drive away from campus. Please be aware that no public transportation runs between any airport and Clemson University. We suggest booking a rental car or using a car service or rideshare service such as Uber. 


    Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Greenville, South Carolina (49 miles from Clemson).
    Ground transportation and rental cars available at GSP airport


    These airports are located about a 2.5-hours drive away from Clemson University: 

    Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Columbia, South Carolina (138 miles from Clemson)
    Ground transportation and rental cars available at CAE airport


    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia (130 miles from Clemson)
    Ground transportation and rental cars available at ATL airport


    Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, North Carolina (130 miles from Clemson)
    Ground transportation and rental cars available at CLT airport .

  • Dining and Food Options

    We recommend eating at the Clemson University dining services cafeteria known as  “The Dish at McAlister Hall” and purchasing meals a la carte.


    Daily Walk-in Meal rates

    BREAKFAST: $ 9.00 plus tax
    LUNCH: 12.00 plus tax
    DINNER: 13.00 plus tax

    Current prices listed. Prices are subject to change for summer 2023.

    Other convenient and walkable options on campus and in downtown Clemson trend towards casual student food such as pizza, bagels, subs, and fast-food options (Chipolte, Panda Express, Chick-fil-a, Jimmy John Sandwiches, etc). More high-end dining options are available nearby within a short drive.

  • Internet access while at Clemson University
    While you are at Clemson University (either at the Douthit Hills residence or on campus during the day), you will have access to “eduroam,” presuming you already have “eduroam” WiFi access from your home institution. If for some reason you have difficulties or cannot access “eduroam,” you are welcome to use “Clemson Guest” WIFI access. “Clemson Guest” doesn’t allow access to all Clemson University sites, so if you have difficulties, please ask our NEH Institute team for assistance. You can learn more here.
    Clemson Housing Douthit Hills
  • Recommended Accommodations

    Douthit Hills West, Floorplan Douthit C

    Douthit Hill West Video

    Clemson University Housing:

    This housing option offers a private bedroom in a studio, double, or quad styled apartment of Douthit Hills West - Building C located at 151 Daniel Street, Clemson, SC 29631, Clemson’s newest on-campus apartment complex.

    • The studio (single) has one bathroom. Note: there are a very limited number of studios available.

    • The double (2 private bedrooms) apartment has one shared bathroom.

    • The quad (4 private bedrooms) apartment has two shared bathrooms.

    You can only be assigned to one private bedroom in an apartment suite. For example, you cannot pay for a double suite and be the sole occupant of the suite.

    $33/night + Accidental Insurance of $.45/per day/per person. Information on payment options will be shared before June 1.

    Please bring your own linens (sheets, pillow, blanket, towels/washcloths) and toiletries.


College of Charleston – Downtown Charleston

  • Traveling to College of Charleston

    We will provide free van transportation from Clemson to Charleston on June 28th (stopping in Columbia along the way) and then back to Greenville on on July 3rd. If you choose to travel in your own vehicle, directions to the College of Charleston’s Berry Hall where we will be staying and leaving from for our local field trips in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, can be found by clicking here (disregard their “move-in” information which is only for their undergraduate students and not summer visitors).  

  • Dining and Food Options

    The College of Charleston dining options are good to consider but the bevy of nearby dining options in that city may make it less appealing and necessary.

    College of Charleston Summer Dining

    The College of Charleston (CofC) offers the convenient dining recommendations of Liberty Street Fresh Foods, Chick-Fil-A, and the Market 159 during the summer months. All eateries are centrally located to CofC and open to the general public. Traditional meal plans are not provided during the summer. 

    Liberty Street Fresh Foods College of Charleston

    Chick- Fil -A College of Charleston

    Market 159 College of Charleston

    Restaurants Near the College of Charleston

    Charleston is known for its fine cuisine and especially its southern fare and seafood. Many restaurants are on King Street and within walking distance in the neighborhoods immediately surrounding the College of Charleston where we will be staying. 

    Fancy deli food, coffee, and lovely baked goods can be found at  Caviar and Bananas  only a few steps away from Berry Hall at the College of Charleston. Or you could check out  Hero Doughnuts and Buns .  Nearby independent coffee shops include  The Rise Second State Coffee , and  Tricera , among many others. For those seeking the more familiar brew of  Starbucks , there is one at the corner of Marion Square and Calhoun Street. 

    For those with cars or wishing to go further afield via car share services, we recommend investigating any of the several fun seafood restaurants near “ Shem Creek ” all of which provide lively seaside atmosphere some 20 minutes out of town. 

    Here is a link to a good overview of other vetted restaurants in Charleston at a variety of price points and styles:  

  • Internet access while at College of Charleston
    While staying at the residence hall provided by the College of Charleston they assure us that internet access will be provided. In addition to “eduroam” WiFi that should work automatically if you already have access to “eduroam” from your home institution. As the College of Charleston policies read: “Wireless internet access is available for all summer guests. A username and password will be provided with check-in materials. Note: All residence halls have wireless internet service.” See more information here:
    Berry hall college of charleston
  • Recommended Accommodations

    George Street Apartments

    George Street Apartments Video

    If you opted for residential housing at the College of Charleston, you will be assigned a private bedroom in a suite in the George Street Apartments located at 55 George Street, Charleston, SC 29403.

    • The apartment with three private bedrooms has one shared bathroom.
    • he apartment with four or five private bedrooms has two shared bathrooms.

    You can only be assigned to one private bedroom in an apartment. For example, you cannot pay for a triple suite and be the sole occupant of the suite. Also, there are no apartment options with private bathrooms in the George Street Apartments.

    Each apartment has a fully furnished living room; a kitchen with stove, microwave, sink, dishwasher, and full-size refrigerator; a washer and a dryer. All apartments include full-sized beds, are air conditioned, and come equipped with high-speed internet via Wi-Fi. All apartments overlook an open courtyard with comfortable outdoor furniture.

    Cost: $59/night. We will provide information on payment options prior to June 1.

    Please bring your own linens (sheets, pillow, blanket, towels/washcloths) and toiletries.


Furman University – Downtown Greenville

  • Traveling to Furman University



    Located in South Carolina’s Upstate and situated in the foothills of Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville is nationally recognized as one of the best cities in the United States. It sits between the popular cities of Ashville, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. Greenville is exceptional in its family-friendly attractions and activities, from its Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail and Falls on the Reedy to the Art & Light Gallery and Heritage Green. It has a thriving downtown with art galleries, unique shops and boutiques, museums, and restaurants, just to name a few. Explore Greenville…

  • Dining and Food Options

    For Greenville, since our primary hotel and the site of our sessions are located in the middle of downtown, we do not have a dining plan suggested,  but will provide recommendations for  coffee, restaurants, cafes, and fine dining establishments within walking distance of the Aloft hotel.


    Coffee Shops:

    In addition to the coffee available in the Aloft Hotel, you might wish to explore several of the coffee and breakfast locations in downtown Greenville. 

    We recommend Methodical Coffee located conveniently in One City Plaza on Main street (across the hall from where our sessions will be held in Furman 101).

    The Coffee Underground is a delightfully atmospheric coffee shop option across Main Street from the Aloft Hotel, and a Starbucks can be found in the lobby of the nearby Hyatt Regency Hotel.


    Restaurants/Fine Dining Establishments:

    The hotel is located in a prime spot in downtown Greenville for great dining options. There are several restaurants within walking distance that will be of interest to you. 

    One of the most popular fine dining establishments is Up on the Roof , a 5-10 minutes walk from the Hotel. Another wonderful dining location nearby is The Lazy Goat , a 10-minute walk. Limoncello , a 5-10 minute walk from Aloft, is a great dining option.  These restaurants are near Falls Park on the Reedy River,  which has several eateries and nightlife locations.

  • Internet access while at Aloft Hotel (Greenville, SC)
    While you are at Aloft Hotel, you will have access to the hotel’s WiFi access (with details provided to you by Aloft staff at check-in). 
    Aloft Hotel Greenville
  • Internet access while at Furman 101 and Furman University
    While taking part in Institute activities at the Furman 101 site in downtown Greenville, SC, and on campus at Furman University, you will have access to a Furman Visitor Account. A username and password will be provided with check-in materials when you arrive in Greenville. 
  • Recommended Accommodations

    The Aloft Hotel, 5 North Laurens Street, Greenville, SC 29601, (864) 297-6100

    Click this link to make a reservation at The Aloft Hotel on or before June 3, 2023 for the group rate of $129 per night.

    Start date: Sunday, July 2, 2023

    End date: Sunday, July 9, 2023


    Local hotels and Airbnb accommodations.

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