Registration is now open!!
Registration for the Lowcountry Rice Culture Forum opened, via post, on 15 June 2013. The fee for the three (3) days of lectures, panels, and special food events is $125 per person. Registration form is available in .pdf format through the above link. Please print one form for each person registering and mail with payment.*
The Lowcountry Rice Culture Project will also sponsor a limited number of forum scholarships for students, public historians, and young professionals with a need. Interested individuals should send letter of interest stating how attending the symposium will benefit their pursuits, a completed registration form, plus a resume or c.v. to:
Symposium Scholarship Committee
Lowcountry Rice Culture Project
c/o Jonathan Green Studios
295 Seven Farms Drive # C-214
Daniel Island, SC 29492
Deadline for scholarship application is 21 August 2013.
Be sure to plan your visit to Charleston and reserve your spot at the Lowcountry Rice Culture Forum as space will be limited and interest is high.
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*We are currently working on adding the ability to register for the forum with a credit card, directly through this site. Until such time, we are only able to accept registrations through the mail paid by check, money order, or cashier's check. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Lowcountry Rice Culture Forum
September 12-14, 2013
From the 17th through the 19th Centuries, South Carolina led the nation’s rice production. The crop’s cultivation touched many aspects of life in the state’s tidal region. Its impact continues. Why did it happen? How did it affect the land and people? Often, research produced by professional historians, anthropologists, and others on the Lowcountry staple crop of rice and its impact on the population, built environment, and cultural customs of the region has not adequately been disseminated to the general public, including teachers, community leaders, and the descendents of stake holders in the rice trade and agricultural system.
The Lowcountry Rice Culture Project is coming together with our partners at Middleton Place, the Culinary Institute of Charleston, the College of Charleston, and more to conduct a small forum to disseminate information on Lowcountry Rice Production and Culture to a broad audience. Participants will include scholars, teachers, community leaders, public historians, docents and employees of local historic and cultural sites, as well as several representatives from our institutional partners in the Republic of Guinea (West Africa). Emphasis will be to get solid information and teaching materials to individuals who are in a position to pass it along to a broader audience of both locals and visitors.
During this three-day “Lowcountry Rice Culture Forum”, participants will examine these issues with guidance from qualified humanists. “Day One” will open proceedings with evening demonstrations and tastings of rice products from the Chefs of the Culinary Institute of Charleston (Palmer Campus); “Day Two,” at the College of Charleston, will focus on presentations by and discussions with scholars followed by a public lecture and discussion; “Day Three,” at Middleton Place, will provide hands on experience and discussions of the annual rice harvest, African retentions and cultural elements related to rice production, and Lowcountry rice foodways.