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Harlan M. Greene

Scholar in Residence, College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library; Charleston, South Carolina

A native Charlestonian, Harlan M. Greene is a scholar, an award-winning novelist, and an archivist and historian.

Currently serving as the Scholar in Residence at College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library, Mr. Greene has served as Assistant Director of the South Carolina Historical Society, Director of the North Carolina Preservation Consortium, and Archivist of the College of Charleston Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.

Considered an expert on the Charleston Renaissance, the period of cultural revival that brought Charleston artists and writers to national and international prominence between the World Wars, Mr. Greene chairs the City of Charleston's History Commission and serves as a board member for the Preservation Society of Charleston.

In addition to writing for Arts and Antiques Magazine, Charleston Magazine, and Metropolitan Home, Mr. Greene has published books on an array of topics, such as the opera Porgy and Bess, slave badges, and Charleston literary history. He has written academic essays on Charleston artists Charles Fraser, Alfred Hutty, and William Halsey. He has an essay, “Nowhere Else: South Carolina’s Role in a Continuing Tragedy” published in To Make Their Own Way in the World:   The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes, a volume co-published in 2020 by Harvard’s Peabody Museum and Aperture Press on the infamous 19th century slave daguerreotypes taken in South Carolina in 1850.

Mr. Greene is also the author of the novels The German Officer's Boy, Why We Never Danced the Charleston, and What the Dead Remember, for which he received the Lambda Literary Award. He is the co-creator of several digital projects, including Life of the Synagogue and Mapping Jewish Charleston, and has appeared on PBS NewsHour and on CNN.