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Exhibit Reception: “New Gardens are Ever Appearing”

Posted on 13 January 2016 | 12:00 pm

Friday, February 12, 2016, 6-8PM Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library, Third Floor Opening reception, free and open to the public. “New Gardens are Ever Appearing”: Loutrel Briggs and the Charleston … Read More

Wednesday, January 20, at 5:30pm in Alumni Hall in Randolph Hall at the College of Charleston.  Dr. Julie Weise of the University of Oregon will talk about her recent book, … Read More

FOL Book Club – Edmund de Waal’s The Hare with Amber Eyes

Posted on 18 November 2015 | 3:21 pm — 

Tuesday, December 1, 6PM, Addlestone Library Special Collections. Join the Friends of the Library for an exciting Book Club conversation with Dr. Nan Morrison. We’ll be discussing Edmund de Waal’s … Read More

Rescheduled! FOL Book Club – Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror

Posted on 14 October 2015 | 1:26 pm — 

*Rescheduled due to weather. New Date: Thursday, October 22, 6PM, Old Charleston Jail, 21 Magazine Street  Join the Friends of the Library and Professor Scott Poole for a very special Book … Read More

Don’t miss “W.E.B. Dubois and His Time at the University of Berlin” by Bryan Ganaway on Wednesday, September 23rd! Location: Addlestone Library, Room 227 Time: 12 Noon This lecture is part … Read More

Join the College’s Race and Social Justice Initiative for “Ties That Bind Two Holy Cities: Reflections in Charleston by Survivors of the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing,” Burke High School Auditorium, … Read More

Join the Friends of the Library at the College of Charleston, the South Carolina Historical Society, the Sophia Institute, the Charleston Library Society, the Preservation Society of Charleston, and Grimké … Read More

Free Screening of Restrepo at the American Theater!

Posted on 17 September 2013 | 3:22 pm — 

Restrepo_FILM (3)In 2007-08, journalist Sebastian Junger spent fifteen months embedded with a US Army platoon in Afghanistan’s infamously dangerous and remote Korengal Valley. Restrepo documents the emotions and experiences of American soldiers on the ground…fear and loneliness and boredom, bursts of excitement and laughter, and ever-deepening bonds of friendship.

Please join the College of Charleston’s Friends of the Library for a free screening of Sebastian Junger’s Academy Award-nominated documentary film, Restrepo, at the American Theater, 456 King Street, on Wednesday, September 25, at 6:00pm.

For more information contact Stephanie Alexander at

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On September 16th, 2013, the College of Charleston’s Friends of the Library will welcome Dr. Andrew O’Shaughnessy to campus to speak on an often overlooked topic: the British side of the American Revolution.

While all Americans learn of the heroism and sacrifices of Washington, Jefferson and Hamilton, British leadership, from King George III to General Burgoyne, is usually portrayed as incompetent at best. In his new book, The Men Who Lost America, Andrew O’Shaughnessy dispels that notion with a meticulously researched account of the course of the war, as analyzed though the trials and triumphs of ten prominent Britons. His conclusion? While roiling political tensions at home and the American’s fervent fighting spirit would prove fatal to the British war effort, The Men Who Lost America were worthy and effective opponents.

Dr. Andrew O’Shaughnessy is a Professor of History at the University of Virginia, and the Sanders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. He is a British born, naturalized American citizen, with degrees from both Columbia and Oxford Universities. Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meacham had this to say about O’Shaughnessy and The Men Who Lost America, “Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy has written a remarkable book about an important but curiously underappreciated subject: the British side of the American Revolution. With meticulous scholarship and an eloquent writing style, O’Shaughnessy gives us a fresh and compelling view of a critical aspect of the struggle that changed the world. This is a great book.”

Dr. O’Shaughnessy’s visit to campus is one of several events hosted by the Friends of the Library’s Addlestone Authors Series, which brings prominent regional and nationally recognized authors to the College. According to Interim Dean of Libraries, Dr. John White, “Dr. O’Shaughnessy is an accomplished scholar, whose work places the American Revolution in a global context by examining the loss of the colonies through a transnational lens. The Men Who Lost America is both scholarly and approachable — a rare combination for such a complex historical investigation.”

Andrew O’Shaughnessy’s lecture will take place on September 16th, 2013, at 6:00pm, at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, 125 Bull Street.

Please contact Stephanie Alexander at for more information.


Sebastian Junger to Speak at C of C in November!

Posted on 15 July 2013 | 11:15 am — 


On November 13, 2013, the College of Charleston’s Friends of the Library will host acclaimed war correspondent, bestselling author and Academy Award-nominated documentary film maker Sebastian Junger.

Sebastian Junger literally took the literary world by “storm” with the 1997 publication of The Perfect Storm, his bestselling account of the doomed last voyage of a Massachusetts-based fishing ship, the Andrea Gail. In the years that followed, through assignments for Vanity Fair and ABC News, Junger turned his attention to increasing U.S. involvement in overseas conflicts. During the bloodiest period of war in Afghanistan, Junger embedded with a U.S. Army platoon in the remote and infamously dangerous Korengal Valley. His fifteen months in-country resulted in the 2010 documentary film Restrepo, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2011, Junger also published the bestselling book War based on his experience in the trenches.

Junger’s newest project, which recently debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and is now presented as an HBO Documentary, is a feature-length portrait of Tim Hetherington, his friend and photographer who was with him in Afghanistan but was killed in 2011 while covering the civil war in Libya. Junger began work on Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington in 2011, shortly after attending his friend’s memorial service.

The event will begin with a special reception with Sebastian Junger for sponsors of the event and guests who purchase VIP tickets. Following the reception, Junger will deliver his keynote address an audience of approximately 450 attendees. Junger’s keynote address will focus on the motivations for, realities of, and lessons learned from his time on the front lines in Afghanistan. Both The Perfect Storm and War will be available for purchase and Junger will be signing autographs.

In addition to his keynote address, Junger will participate in a moderated question and answer session with students from the College of Charleston, MUSC and the Citadel. All proceeds from An Evening with Sebastian Junger will go toward establishing the first scholarship specifically for veteran students at the College of Charleston.

Several other events and activities are planned leading up to Sebastian Junger’s visit. The full list of events and activities, including the keynote address, can be found below.

September 5th-November 14th, 2013: Photography exhibit by award-winning combat photojournalist Stacy Pearsall
Second Floor, Addlestone Library

September 25th, 2013: Free Screening of Sebastian Junger’s Academy Award-nominated documentary film, Restrepo
6:00pm, The American Theater, 456 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

October 23rd, 2013: Free Screening of Sebastian Junger’s HBO Documentary film, Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington
6:00pm, The American Theater, 456 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

November 13th, 2013: Moderated Q&A with Sebastian Junger
4:00pm, Rivers Green, behind the Addlestone Library
*this event is free and open to students from the College of Charleston, MUSC and the Citadel.

November 13th, 2013: VIP Reception and Keynote Address by Sebastian Junger
6:00pm (VIP Reception)
7:00pm (Keynote Address)
Rivers Green, behind the Addlestone Library
*This is a ticketed event. Tickets for VIP reception and keynote address will be $125.00 per person. Tickets for keynote address only will be $45 per person. Tickets will be available online in mid-August.

For more information on any of the events related to Sebastian Junger’s visit to the College of Charleston, please contact Stephanie Alexander at