The Charleston Museum kicks off a free lecture series on Jan. 21. Curator of History Grahame Long hosts the first lecture, entitled "Two Pistols, Two Seconds: The Art of Dueling in South Carolina." He'll explain why it's been argued that Charlestonians participated in more duels than any other community in the country. "In a culture where killing as a display of character was almost fashionable, loss of life was not a high price for those who held personal honor and conviction paramount to all other social ideals," according the CM's release. The second lecture on Feb. 18, "Infections, Afflictions, and Perilous Prescriptions: Charleston and the Sickly Season," will explore surviving illness. On March 25, "Pushing Up Palmettos: Funerary Art in the Carolina Lowcountry" will look at the diseases that hampered Charleston's growth. All of the lectures will take place in the museum's auditorium. Call (843) 722-2996 for more info, or go to charlestonmuseum.org.