Steve O’Neill is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. He studied with scholar and activist Paul Gaston at the University of Virginia. O’Neill’s scholarly focus is the American South, South Carolina history, and public history. He has served as a consultant in fields of museum and exhibit design, organized conferences designed for the general public, and is interested in how ordinary southerners make sense of their past. He has worked to help his students and the public understand the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina and the way that the weight of the past is borne by the present generation, whether the present generation realizes it or not. Currently, he is co-chairing a committee at Furman to commemorate the 50th anniversary of desegregation at the university. The commemoration events will span the 2014-2015 academic year.