May 30 | Tomb of the Unknown Racist—A Conversation with Blanche McCrary Boyd

Wednesday, May 30 | 6:00—7:00 p.m. | Randolph Hall/Alumni Memorial Hall Join award-winning novelist Blanche McCrary Boyd for a discussion of her provocative new novel, Tomb of the Unknown Racist, her first novel in twenty years. A family story set against political and racial struggle, it is based on real life events surrounding William Luther Pierce, Timothy…

New Digital Exhibit | Slavery, Reconstruction Recounted in African American Memoir

The College of Charleston’s latest digital exhibit solves a nearly 90-year-old history mystery. In 1929, a memoir was published under the pseudonym “Sam Aleckson.” Titled Before the War and After the Union, it chronicled the author’s life from his earliest memories of being enslaved in Charleston to his post-Reconstruction move to Vermont. Save for family…

New Materials | Special Collections Receives Renowned Chef’s Personal Books, Papers

Culinary historian, author, artist and photographer John Martin Taylor, also known as Hoppin’ John, has donated his personal collection of books and papers to the Special Collections Department of the College of Charleston and the Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach (ICI). Taylor owned the famous Hoppin’ John’s culinary bookstore and cooking…

April 10 | Churchill was a Snowflake

Churchill was a Snowflake: New Leadership Habits to Prevent an American Iron Curtain Tuesday, April 10 | 6:00 p.m. | Alumni Hall/Randolph Hall Matthew Barzun, America’s youngest-ever ambassador to the United Kingdom, stewarded the alliance during surprise elections that highlighted growing divisions on both sides of the political spectrum and both sides of the Atlantic….

Avery Research Center’s Executive Director Honored with ExCEL Award, Fashion Feature

The Libraries’ own Patricia Williams Lessane has had an exciting week. On Wednesday, March 28, the Executive Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and Co-Principal of the Race and Social Justice Institute was honored with the 2018 Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Award for Administrator of the Year. Williams Lessane joined…

March 16-18 | CLAW Conference Reinterprets Reconstruction

The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) Program at the College of Charleston is pleased to announce its latest conference, Freedoms Gained and Lost: Reinterpreting Reconstruction in the Atlantic World, will be held March 16-18, 2018, at the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library. The conference commemorates the 150th anniversary of South Carolina’s 1868 Constitutional Convention…

Feb. 27 | Julia Eichelberger Explores Reconstruction’s Traces and Erasures in Gullah Narratives of Charleston

February 27, 2018 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Addlestone Library Rm. 227 | FREE and open to the public In Doctor to the Dead, Charleston artist and writer John Bennett presented twenty-three stories based on oral narratives Bennett heard from African Americans during the first decade of the 1900s. Two of these tales are in Gullah;…

New Database Features 10,000-plus Sources

The College of Charleston Libraries are pleased to announce its latest digital resource, Access World News Research Collection, is now available to the College community. The database incorporates current and archived information from more than 10,000 sources. These newswires, videos, broadcast transcripts, journals, periodicals, and more are drawn from media outlets across the United States…

Limited Seating Remains For Feb. 7 Event Exploring Lowcountry’s LGBT History

Committed to Home February 7, 6:00 P.M. | Alumni Memorial Hall | FREE The College of Charleston Friends of the Library and the Alliance for Full Acceptance challenge the conventional narrative of postwar queer activism in the Lowcountry with a free public program on February 7th, 2018 at Alumni Hall. Sheila Morris will moderate a conversation…