Bertoti Graduate Conference
Our featured speakers this year will be Mark Smith (University of South Carolina) and Lisa Tolbert (University of North Carolina-Greensboro).
The two-day conference will begin on Friday, March 20, with a keynote address by Mark Smith, Carolina Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Smith will present his lecture “The Smell of Battle, The Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War.” His work discusses how historical accounts of major events have almost always relied upon what those who were there witnessed. Nowhere is this truer than in the nerve-shattering chaos of warfare, where sight seems to confer objective truth and acts as the basis of reconstruction. Dr. Smith considers how all five senses, including sight, shaped the experience of the Civil War, exploring its full sensory impact on everyone from the soldiers on the field to the civilians waiting at home.
On Saturday, March 21, Lisa Tolbert, Associate Professor at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, will present a lecture entitled “Beyond Piggly Wiggly: A Cultural History of the Self-Service Store.” Interpreted as a newfangled machine for selling, the self-service store was considered a temporary fad when the first Piggly Wiggly opened in downtown Memphis in 1916. Dr. Tolbert explores the practical and cultural challenges of inventing the self-service store in the early twentieth century.
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