Join Historic Columbia and the University of South Carolina’s History Center for another Columbia Conversation. USC Law Professor W. Lewis Burke will engage in a discussion about Reconstruction with Dr. Neil Kinghan of University College London, author of a recent book on Francis Cardozo’s record in South Carolina. The program will close with a book signing by Dr. Kinghan and light refreshments.
Books are available for purchase via the registration link or can be purchased onsite during the book signing.
JoCora Moore, Community Engagement Coordinator
Phone: (803) 252-1770 ext. 24
About Dr. Neil Kinghan
Neil Kinghan holds a doctorate in history from University College London. He is a former director general for local and regional government in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of England and a former director general of the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission.
About Professor W. Lewis Burke
Before joining the law school faculty, Lewis Burke was a VISTA Volunteer and a legal services attorney. As a clinician, Professor Burke continued to represent low-income clients. In 2003 he was awarded the “Outstanding Faculty Service Award” for his years of community service including Habitat for Humanity, Appleseed, and his pro bono representation of a death row client.
Burke also received the law school’s “Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award” in 2002 and 2007. He has authored or edited six books. These are: Truth in Lending and Credit Disclosures (1986), At Freedom’s Door: African American Founding Fathers and Lawyers in Reconstruction South Carolina (2000), Matthew J. Perry: The Man, His Times and His Legacy (2004), The Dawn of Religious Freedom in South Carolina (2007), Madam Chief Justice: South Carolina’s Jean Hoefer Toal, and All for Civil Rights: African American Lawyers in South Carolina 1868–1968. His articles, essays, and chapters have been in books published by such university presses as Oxford, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina and in journals such as American Journal of Legal History, The Nineteenth Century American History Journal, Journal of African American History, Journal of Contemporary Law, South Carolina Law Review, Journal of Southern History, the Alabama Review, and the Journal of Mississippi History. He was commissioned by the Institute for Public Service and Policy Research’s 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education Project. His study “He’s in the Jailhouse Now: Justice in South Carolina,” was published in the institute’s “…and Miles to go Before I Sleep” in 2004. His most recent publications have included “United States v. Amistad (1841)” and “Richard Harvey Cain’s, All That We Ask Is Equal Laws, Equal Legislation and Equal Rights” in Milestone Documents in African American History (2010), “IT’S A GIRL: Jean Hoefer Toal and the Rise of Women in the Legal Profession,” in South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times (2012), a review of Volney Riser’s Defying Disenfranchisement in the Alabama Review (2012) and “Pink Franklin versus South Carolina: The NAACP’s First Case,” in the American Journal of Legal History (2014). In retirement, he is farming, birding and lecturing on Reconstruction and civil rights in South Carolina.