Since the publication of Carolina Clay, Leonard Todd has spoken on Dave at many cultural venues, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Atlanta History Center, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Decatur Book Festival. He also has been a guest on NPR's "Weekend Edition," "To the Best of Our Knowledge," and "The African-American Literary Review," among other shows.
In May of 2010, he traveled to England to lecture on Dave at Harris Manchester College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. It's Principal, Dr. Ralph Waller, had been intrigued by Dave's story ever since the author first told him about it almost ten years before. The lecture was held in the Charles Wellbeloved Room in the main academic building of HMC. The members of the audience, well aware of the role that England played in the international slave trade, had many comments and questions at the end of the talk. The dialog continued at a reception and, later in the week, at a dinner for the faculty of the college.
Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:00 am—4:00 pm
SOUTHERN STUDIES SHOWCASE
For more information, visit www.OEDGS.org.
Genealogical and historical societies from across South Carolina and parts of Georgia will be participating in this exciting two-day event. Leonard Todd, author of Carolina Clay, will open the gathering with a keynote address on Friday at 1:00 pm. Twenty-four workshop classes will be held over the course of the two days. Vendors will have tables with items related to Southern genealogy and history for sale. A "Block Party" on the Edgefield Courthouse Square will be held on Friday evening. There will be a catered Southern dinner and lively music.
The event is hosted by the Old Edgefield District Genealogy Society and the Old Edgefield District African-American Genealogical Society.
September 29, 2012
10:00 am—4:00 pm
PIEDMONT POTTERY FESTIVAL
at Historic Brattonsville
1444 State Road S-46-165
McConnells, SC 29726-8768
(in York County near Rock Hill)
Visitors will celebrate the South's rich pottery heritage at Historic Brattonsville, a 775-acre Revolutionary War living history site. For sale will be works created by many of the best traditional potters from the Carolinas, Georgia, and the Catawba Nation. There will be pottery-making demonstrations and hands-on children's activities. Leonard Todd, author of Carolina Clay, will speak at 1:00 pm on recent discoveries about Dave the Potter. Collectors can bring pottery for identification by experts. Outstanding regional barbecue will be offered for sale!