Lunch & Learn | USC Graduate Research

Take a mental break from work and join HC for lunch!

Feed your mind during lunch at our Lunch and Learn series where we will explore little known topics and view artifacts not often seen on display.  The November session of Lunch and Learn features University of South Carolina graduate students presenting ongoing research about the history of Columbia. Bring your lunch as we munch our way into the past. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows but reservations are recommended.  Reservations may be made by email at or 803.252.1770 ext. 23.

November 7  |  Jill Found and Katherine Chaddock

Jill Found’s research focuses on the lived experiences of enslaved people at South Carolina College. How did the college environment during the first half of the nineteenth century shape the lives of enslaved people, as students, professors, and staff all relied on the work of enslaved people and claimed the use of their time and skills? How did enslaved people navigate these competing demands and negotiate their own lives? Found makes sense of these questions given limited documentary sources focusing the enslaved people who played a vital role in the creation of South Carolina College, but have gone relatively undiscussed until the past decade. Author Katherine Chaddock will be at the program to sign her new book Uncompromising Activist: Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College. This book explores Richard Greener, the first African American professor at University of South Carolina, shortly after the end of the Civil War.

November 14 |  Olivia Brown

Oliva Brown’s thesis centers on Columbia’s Jewish community at the turn of the 20th century, and how first- and second-generation Eastern European immigrants formed a Jewish-American-Southern identity through food. By looking more closely at families in Columbia who owned food establishments (groceries, delis, bakeries, restaurants, etc.), Brown investigates the ways in which their Jewish food traditions mixed and morphed with the Southern food traditions surrounding them. Participants will learn how Jewish immigrants were influenced by the African American community in Columbia, as many new immigrant families settled in primarily African American neighborhoods.

November 21  |  Charlotte Adams

The Seibels House is the oldest house in Columbia, South Carolina, but a passerby would never date it to the turn of the nineteenth century. The Seibels House is comprised of a hodgepodge of rooflines and building materials, making it an architectural oddball. This house has witnessed the city of Columbia's history unfold, and its mix of architectural styles evidence the way change over time affects a building's aesthetic and use. USC History graduate student Charlotte Adams explores why Seibels House looks the way it does, and how this reflects layers of history and changing architectural trends.