The McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles: “Religion and Revolt: Slave Resistance in the Atlantic World”
The McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles at Mercer University, will be hosting a lecture on religion and its connection to slave revolts in the Atlantic world. The speaker will be Mark Smith, a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.
Monday, February 18, 2019 • 6:00 PM
Mark Smith is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He teaches American social and cultural history, with emphasis on the American South and sensory history. Professor Smith has lectured in Europe, throughout the United States, Australia, and China. His work has been translated into Chinese and Korean and has been reviewed and featured in The New York Times and The London Times and he has presented his work to the National Academy of Science. He is author of several books, including Mastered by the Clock: Time, Slavery, and Freedom in the American South (winner of the Organization of American Historians’ 1997 Avery O. Craven Award and South Carolina Historical Society’s Book of the Year), How Race Is Made: Slavery, Segregation, and the Senses (University of North Carolina Press, 2006; a 2007 Choice Outstanding Academic Title), and The Smells of Battle, The Tastes of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2014 and was named a Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2014.
The McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles at Mercer University exists to supplement the university’s excellent liberal arts program with a redoubled commitment to the foundational texts and ideas which have shaped Western Civilization and the American political order. This focus on the core texts of the Western tradition helps to revitalize a cross-centuries dialogue about citizenship, human rights, and political, economic, and religious freedom, thereby deepening the moral imagination and fostering civic and cultural literacy. Guided by James Madison’s maxim that “a well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people,” the McDonald Center exists to promote the study of the great texts and ideas that have shaped our regime and fostered liberal learning.
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