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The Friends of the Library are pleased to announce our Fall 2017 program season.

From on-campus collaborations to the Winthrop Roundtable, FOL’s programming provides opportunities for lifelong learning that strengthen our community and connects the Library to luminaries across the Lowcountry and beyond.


The Winthrop Roundtable Presents A Life in Lessons

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Due to unexpected circumstances, Admiral William H. McRaven deeply regrets he is unable to speak at the event scheduled for November 1, 2017. 

A new date for the event will be announced as soon as it is available. All tickets issued for the current date will be honored. If you are unable to attend, a refund will be issued. 


Previous Events This Fall

 Life’s Biggest Questions

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Are our lives meaningful or meaningless? Is our inevitable death a bad thing? Would immortality be an improvement? Would it be better, all things considered, to hasten our deaths by suicide?

It is difficult to imagine a thinking person who does not, at least sometimes, ponder these and other of life’s biggest questions.

On Sept. 7, David Benatar (Professor and Head of Philosophy at the University of Cape Town, South Africa) provided a candid guide to answering them, and thereby to living life without illusions – but not without humor, healthy doses of which peppered the talk.

 Fall Film Series: 13th

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The Race and Social Justice Initiative and the South Carolina League of Women Voters are pleased to present a free screening of 13th, Ava DuVernay’s award winning documentary exploring how the 13th amendment relocated the institution of slavery into the prison system.

On Sept. 17, a panel discussion featuring Lisa Brock (the Race and Social Justice Initiative Fall 2017 Scholar in Residence and Academic Director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College), Stacey Patton (co-author of the Charleston County Racial Disparities Report), and Susan K. Dunn (legal director for the ACLU of South Carolina since 2009), followed the screening.

The Race and Social Justice Initiative at the College of Charleston is a collaboration between the Avery Research Center, Addlestone Library, African American Studies, and the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI) supported by a major grant from Google.

Uncertain Correspondence
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Masha Gessen, prominent Russian-American journalist and author of the acclaimed critical biography of Vladimir Putin, The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, will speak on the subject of the Trump presidency, and what we can and cannot learn about it by looking at Russia and President Putin.

Q&A and book signing to follow the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Department of German & Russian Studies, First Year Experience, the Center for Public Choice and Market Process, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, and International Studies Program.

Fall Film Series: An Outrage

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An Outrage is an unusual historical documentary. Filmed on-location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, community activists, and scholars, An Outrage seeks to both educate viewers about the history of lynching and serve as a hub for action to remember and reflect upon a long-hidden past.

On Oct. 10, cast member Fostenia Baker and the filmmakers Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren discussed the documentary following the screening.

The Race and Social Justice Initiative at the College of Charleston is a collaboration between the Avery Research Center, Addlestone Library, African American Studies, and the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI) supported by a major grant from Google.

A Conversation About Alzheimer’s

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The DeMoe family has the most devastating form of the disease that there is: early onset Alzheimer’s. Of the six DeMoe children whose father had it, five have inherited the gene; the sixth, Karla, has inherited responsibility for all of them. But rather than give up in the face of such news, the DeMoes have agreed to spend their precious, abbreviated years as part of a worldwide study that could utterly change the landscape of Alzheimer’s research and offers the brightest hope for future treatments—and possibly a cure.

On Oct. 11, Niki Kapsambelis (author of The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease) and Cindi May (Professor of Psychology at the College of Charleston) as they discuss the Demoes’ tale, the cutting-edge research that brings us ever closer to a possible cure, and the accounts of the extraordinary doctors spearheading these groundbreaking studies.

First Person Singular: Memoirs from the Jewish South

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On Oct. 18, Dale Rosengarten, Curator of the Jewish Heritage Collection at Addlestone Library and Associate Director of the College’s Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, presented her sabbatical project. Dale spent the 2016/17 academic year reading southern Jewish memoirs, with the goal of identifying the most compelling selections to include in an anthology that would introduce this rich regional literature to a broad academic and popular audience.

 One Year In: National Security in the Age of Trump
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As President Trump nears the first-year anniversary of his election, the College of Charleston Friends of the Library hosted Peter Finn, National Security Editor of the Washington Post, to discuss the major national security issues facing the U.S. today. John Creed, Professor of Political Science at the College of Charleston, facilitated the conversation.