The Friends of the Library supports lively, thought-provoking events on issues of the day. Our annual schedule of events connects the library with world-class partners within the College of Charleston, and with people from across the Lowcountry and beyond.
Spring 2017 Event Highlights
Wednesday, January 25, 12PM, Addlestone Library, Room 227
Faculty Lecture Series, Dr. Amy Langfield, Professor Mathematics Department, Operations Research Analyst
“Information Retrieval on the Web, Facebook, Twitter, and Libraries: What’s Math Got to do With It?”
Wednesday, February 15, 12PM, Addlestone Library, Room 227
Faculty Lecture Series, Dr. Barbara Beckingham, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences
“What Happens After Your Wash Goes Down the Drain? Microplastic and Chemical Transport in Wastewater Treatment Plants”
Friday, February 24, 5:30 – 8:00PM, Addlestone Library, Third Floor
Forms and Motifs in African Art: Works from the Avery Research Center’s John R. Dupree African Art Collection. Featuring masks, ivory, wooden statuary copper plaques and paintings created by African artists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Curator: Curtis Franks.
Speaker: Samuel T. Livingston, Ph.D. Morehouse College, Associate Professor and Director, African American Studies Program
“Kongalese Aesthetics of Freedom”
Curator: Curtis J. Franks, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
Exhibit runs from February 25 – December 1, 2017
Tuesday, February 28, at 6PM, Addlestone Library Room 227
Author Talk: Christopher Dickey
“Spying in the Blood: Gertrude Sanford Legendre’s Privilege, Patriotism, and Espionage”
Wednesday, March 1, 12 PM, Addlestone Library, Room 227
Faculty Lecture Series, Matthew Cressler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies
“Black Religion and Black Lives Matter in Historical Perspective”
Tuesday, March 21, at 6:30 PM, TD Arena, 301 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
Author Talk: Ta-Nehisi Coates
“A Deeper Black: Race in America”
Wednesday, April 5, 12PM, Addlestone Library, Room 227
Faculty Lecture Series, H. Gibbs Knotts, Ph. D., Professor and Department Chair, Department of Political Science
“The Resilience of Southern Identity: Why the South Still Matters in the Minds of the People
Wednesday, April 17, 6PM, School of Science and Mathematics Room 12
Author Talk: Marjorie J. Spruill
“Divided We Stand, The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics”
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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. This event is a part of the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative.
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. Guest Sheila Wertimer will provide brief remarks about the life, work, and legacy of the renowned Charleston landscape architect, Loutrel Briggs. Faculty from Special Collections will provide special insight into the materials on display. Additional historical materials will be showcased from the Special Collection’s vault for one night only. For more event information, click here.
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. Light lunch will be served, or bring your own and join us in Addlestone Library for this lunchtime learning opportunity!
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. Light lunch will be served, or bring your own and join us in Addlestone Library for this lunchtime learning opportunity!
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 visitwww.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. Light lunch will be served, or bring your own and join us in Addlestone Library for this lunchtime learning opportunity!
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 have transportation 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.
Fall 2015 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:
Friday, September 11, 2015, 3PM, Addlestone Library Room 227
Author Talk: Laura Lee Huttenbach’s The Boy is Gone: Conversations with a Mau Mau General
Monday, September 14, 2015, 6PM, Addlestone Library Room 227
Film Screening: Spike Lee’s 4 Little Girls
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 6:30PM, Burke High School Auditorium
Community Forum: “Ties That Bind Two Holy Cities: Reflections in Charleston by Survivors of the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing”
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 12PM, Addlestone Library Room 227
Faculty Lecture Series Brown-bag Talk: Gabe Williams, “The Hazards and Impacts of Landfalling Hurricanes”
Wednesday, September 23 2015, 12PM, Addlestone Library Room 227
Faculty Lecture Series Brown-bag Talk: Bryan Ganaway, “W.E.B. Du Bois and His Time at the University of Berlin”
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 7PM, Addlestone Library Room 227
Panel Presentation – Hobcaw Barony: Three Perspectives in Preservation
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 12PM, Addlestone Library Room 227
Faculty Lecture Series Brown-bag Talk: Conseula Francis, “Seduced By The Pleasures of Freedom: The Radical Feminism of African American Romance Fiction”
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6PM, The Old Charleston Jail, 21 Magazine St.
FOL Book Club: Scott Poole’s Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12PM, Addlestone Library Room 227
Faculty Lecture Series Brown-bag Talk: Anthony Green, “Affirming or Dis-confirming America’s Promise: Attitudes about Affirmative Action Among Black Americans and Black Immigrants”
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 12PM, Addlestone Library Room 227
Faculty Lecture Series Brown-bag Talk: Kendall Deas, “Common Core State Standards Initiative: Origins of the Movement and Political Implications”
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 5:30PM Randolph Hall
Winthrop Roundtable featuring Thomas Noyes, “Internet 3.0., Collaboration and Communities – The Real Change is Starting to Happen”
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 2PM, Addlestone Library Room 227
Desegregation in South Carolina: Public Talk and Exhibit Viewing
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 12PM, Addlestone Library Room 227
Faculty Lecture Series Brown-bag Talk: Claire Curtis, “Finding Justice at the End of the World: Postapocalyptic Fiction and Learning to Live Together”
Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 6PM, Special Collections
FOL Book Club: Edmund de Waal’s The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance