What’s Happening

Here you can find out the latest happenings at the Addlestone Library, from our programming and exhibits to our latest acquisitions. You can also explore some of the great things FOL has done for the Library and in the community in the past!MOL Crowd from above

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FOL Calendar at a Glance:

2016-2017 Calendar Is Now Available! Click here to view the all amazing upcoming events!


Fall 2016 Upcoming Event Highlights:

6:00 pm, Tuesday, September 13, 2016
School of Science and Mathematics Building, Room 129, 202 Calhoun Street, Charleston

Join us on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, as we kick off the semester an author talk and books signing of We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel. 

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 Published this June, We Are Charleston not only recounts the events of the tragic shooting on June 17, 2015, but also offers a history lesson that reveals a deeper look at the suffering, triumph, and even the ongoing rage of the people who formed Mother Emanuel A.M.E. church and the wider denominational movement. Join authors Dr. Bernard Powers (College of Charleston), Herb Frazier and Marjory Wentworth for a conversation about the story of the “Emanuel Nine”, the history and legacy of the A.M.E. Church, and the tragedy that captured the attention of Charleston, the nation and indeed the world. Books will be available for purchase, and a signing will take place after the talk.



12:00 pm, Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Addlestone Library, Room 227

The Faculty Lecture Series returns this year, connecting the Charleston community with highly accomplished faculty.

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Join us for a unique lunchtime learning opportunity, with our first lecture featuring Professor Phil Manning from the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences! Professor Manning will lead off the four-part series with a riveting discussion about how a team from the College of Charleston has been exploring newly discovered excavation sites in the American Mid-West entitled “Dinosaurs, Sun-Burn, Snakes, and Bug-Bites!”


*CANCELED*: “A Deeper Black: Race in America,” Ta-Nehisi Coates, Journalist and Author
6:30 pm, Tuesday, October 18, 2016
TD Arena, 301 Meeting St., Charleston

Unfortunately, Ta-Nehisi Coates has cancelled his lecture at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena on October 18th, 2016 due to an unexpected change in his schedule. The Race and Social Justice Initiative team is looking into rescheduling options for a later date and will release another Eventbrite site. This event is postponed until further notice. Please contact Daron Lee Calhoun, II with any questions or concerns: calhoundl@cofc.edu

Event Description: The Race and Social Justice Initiative iTa-Nehisi-Coates-Nina-Subin-200x300s honored to host journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates at TD Arena in what is sure to be an extraordinary event for the Lowcountry.

Coates is one of the most original and perceptive black voices today—“the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (New York Observer). Coates is the author, most recently, of Between the World and Me, the #1 New York Times bestseller that “will be hailed as a classic of our time” (Publishers Weekly) and which Toni Morrison calls “required reading.” He is the winner of a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship.

This event is free and open to the public and part of the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) at the College of Charleston.For more information, visit the Avery Research Center’s website.


5:30 pm, Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Randolph Hall, Alumni Hall, College of Charleston Main Campus

The Winthrop Roundtable is the Friends of the Library’s signature fall event and is coming this year with a new format!


Each year the Roundtable showcases a renowned speaker in a keynote address related to current events or cultural exchange, with the intent of inciting thought-provoking conversation and showcasing unique viewpoints to our community. This year the Friends of the Library pilot a new Winthrop Roundtable format, with an expanded cocktail reception on the Cistern followed by a lecture-style keynote address by, legal commentator and social media entrepreneur, Dan Abrams  in Alumni Hall. Abrams is CEO of Abrams Research,  legal analyst for ABC News and prior to joining ABC News, he served as chief legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. At this exclusive event, Abrams will provide insightful analysis on current political events, from high profile legal cases getting the attention of media to the shifting social media landscape.

Join FOL at the Contributor Level for two invitations to this signature event.


Spring 2016 Event Highlights:

Wednesday, January 20, at 5:30PM, Alumni Hall in Randolph Hall, College of Charleston
Author Talk: Julie Weise, Corazón de Dixie Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910
Dr. Julie Weise of the University of Oregon will talk about her recent book, Corazón de Dixie Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910. Rooted in U.S. and Mexican archival research, oral history interviews, and family photographs, Corazón de Dixie unearths not just the facts of Mexicanos’ long-standing presence in the U.S. South but also their own expectations, strategies, and dreams. A Book signing and light reception will follow.

Monday, January 25, at 7:00PM, Education Center Room 118 , 25 St. Philip St., College of Charleston
Film Screening: America Street – Introduction and Q&A session with Director Travis Pearson
America Street is a southern tale of two brothers, Bucks and Sota, set in Charleston, South Carolina. The film explores social and judicial issues that are affecting African-American communities across the country. Written, co-produced and directed by Travis Pearson.

Friday, February 12, 2016, 6-8PM, Addlestone Library
“New Gardens are Ever Appearing”:  Loutrel Briggs and the Charleston Horticultural Tradition Opening Reception
Featuring drawings, specimen sketches, and plans created by some of Charleston’s most talented botanists, gardeners, and landscape architects, this exhibit will tell the story of taming and cultivating the rich semi-tropic flora of the Lowcountry over the past 250 years. Collections from the College of Charleston’s Special Collections, South Carolina Historical Society, Historic Charleston Foundation, Charleston Library Society and The Charleston Museum will be showcased at this evening reception.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 12PM, Avery Research Center 
Luncheon Lecture: “Grass Roots: The Enduring Art of the Lowcountry Basket Luncheon”, Organized through Art, etc.
This special invitation luncheon will showcase the art and rich history of Lowcountry basket weaving. Guest speakers will include Special Collections Curator at the College of Charleston Dale Rosengarten and the celebrated artist Mary Jackson.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 12PM, Addlestone Library, Room 227
Faculty Lecture Series, Dr. Jordan Ragusa – “An Examination of South Carolina’s Presidential Primaries: 1998-2016”
South Carolina’s presidential primary is one of the most pivotal in the country. This year the South Carolina primary takes on additional significance as Governor Nikki Haley is viewed by many as a leading vice-presidential candidate. Professor Ragusa will discuss the results of the Republican primary and what to expect in the 2016 general election.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 6:30PM, Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street
Lecture: “A Conversation with Marian Wright Edelman”
Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. She has received over a hundred honorary degrees and many awards including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her work. For more information about her work and publications please visit www.childrensdefense.org. This event is a part of the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 12PM, Addlestone Library, Room 227
Faculty Lecture Series, Dr. Ian O’Byrne – “Why in the world would you want to develop a MOOC? Teaching and Learning in Open, Online, Educational Spaces”
Popular trends in open education, open research, and open publishing initiatives encourage individuals to interact online using social spaces and personal learning networks. Learn about the #WalkMyWorld Project and other new directions for the intersection of education and technology.

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 6PM, Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street
Lecture and Book Signing with Bryan Stevenson: “American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference
Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. His award winning memoir, Just Mercy, is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice. Stevenson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction, and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People for 2015. For more information on this speaker please visit www.prhspeakers.com. This event is a part of the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 12PM, Addlestone Library, Room 227
Faculty Lecture Series, Dr. Mitchell Colgan, “Climate Change in the Arctic and What in Means to Charleston”
Temperature in the Arctic is expected to increase 14° in the 21st century. Charleston is among the most vulnerable areas to rising seas and a changing climate, which may threaten nearly $150 billion of infrastructure along the coast. Professor Colgan will discuss what scientists believe is in store for the lowcountry in the coming decades.

Canceled – Our Apologies
Private Library Collection Tour
This special event will provide an intimate look at the private libraries of notable Charleston book collectors. The tour will begin at the Addlestone Library and attendees will be bused to each special location. Lunch is included. Limited tickets are available and proceeds go to the Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 6PM, College of Charleston Special Collections
FOL Book Club – DuBose Heyward’s Porgy
Join the Friends of the Library for an exciting Book Club conversation with author and historian Harlan Greene, Head of Special Collections at the College of Charleston. We’ll be discussing DuBose Heyward’s Porgy, inspired by African American life in the Lowcountry, and now known around the world.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 4PM, Addlestone Library, Third Floor
Porgy and Bess Special Events: Featuring Author Talk and Special Collections Exhibit
The College of Charleston Friends of the Library and Special Collections will host a lecture and book signing for the new publication, Porgy and Bess: A Charleston Story (Home House Publishing 2016).  Authors Karen Chandler, Damon Fordham, Harlan Greene and Pam Wall will discuss many aspects of the book, play, and opera inspired by the work of DuBose Heyward and rooted in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Copies of this new publication will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the talk. A new Special Collections exhibit will feature collections of art and rare manuscripts celebrating the creation, history, and staging of Porgy and Bess. The exhibit will be on display mid-May through August, 2016 in Addlestone Library.