Chancellor William H. McRaven
2017 Roundtable Keynote Speaker

On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, the Friends of the Library at the College of Charleston will host William H. McRaven as the keynote speaker at the annual Winthrop Roundtable.  William McRaven is the University of Texas System Chancellor, a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral, and author of the New York Times best seller, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World.

William McRaven is best known for organizing and overseeing the special ops raid in 2011 that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. He headed special ops teams in Iraq and Afghanistan and served as commander of U.S. Special Operations Command before retiring from the Navy and accepting the chancellor position at University of Texas, his alma mater.

In 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven’s commencement speech to the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin went viral with over 10 million views on social media. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World, builds on the core tenets laid out in his commencement speech. The book recounts tales from McRaven’s own life and from those of the people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage.

The Winthrop Roundtable is the Friends of the Library’s signature event. Founded in 1989 by John Winthrop, the Roundtable showcases a renowned speaker in a keynote address related to current events or cultural exchange, with the intent of inciting thought-provoking discourse and showcasing unique viewpoints to our community.

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. The Winthrop Roundtable format is an expanded cocktail reception on the Cistern followed by a lecture-style keynote address in Alumni Hall.

Join FOL at the Contributor Level for two invitations to this signature event. For more information about this invitation-only event, contact Anahita Modaresi at 843.953.6526 or modaresia@cofc.edu.

 Event Highlights from 2016 Winthrop Roundtable

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