Portland, Maine

Contested Narratives in Charleston

Preservation, Progress, and Peoples

Charleston, SC | May 21-25, 2023
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2023

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This project of NCHC’s Place as Text Committee takes participants to Charleston, South Carolina, to investigate the intersection of its contested history, cultural tourism, environment, and economic development. Charleston, founded in 1670, is home to the first and largest historic district in America and is credited with beginning the historic preservation movement in the United States. The city has celebrated its status as one of Condé Nast magazine’s best tourist destinations in the world, while National Geographic cites it as the former slave-trade capital of North America. Institute participants will interrogate these contrasting narratives using City as Text™ to uncover, interpret, and analyze the tensions that are pertinent to disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Costs & Deadlines

Member Cost:

$950 (includes non-refundable $350 fee). This cost covers Institute reading materials, instructional fees, opening reception, and final group dinner. It does not include travel to and from Charleston, accommodations, local transportation, or most meals.

*An additional admission fee of approximately $26-$30 on Day 3 is not included in the program fee.

Registration & Payment Deadline:
April 17, 2023


Charleston is accessible by plane or car. Transportation from the Charleston International Airport to the hotel is available by cab or Uber/Lyft. Participants can expect to walk during much of the Institute, in addition to using public transportation, taxis and Uber/Lyft during the Institute excursions. These costs are not included in the registration fee.

The Institute hotel is the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Charleston Historic District, 337 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403. The phone number is (843) 723-6900. Direct links for booking online will be provided after registration is complete. To get the special group rate discount, you must make your reservation by April 17, 2023 and identify yourself as part of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) group.

Discounted hotel nightly rates are $219 for May 21-24. Participants may arrive in Charleston on May 21 provided they are ready to begin the Institute activities promptly at 2:00 PM. Departures should be scheduled for Thursday, May 25. The hotel offers a free breakfast each morning.