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Fall 2017 Program Season Kicks Off Thursday, 9/7

This entry was posted on Monday, September 4th, 2017

Why Wait for the Leaves to Change?

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.

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Life’s Biggest Questions


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:00 p.m. | Thursday, Sept. 7 | Addlestone Library | 205 Calhoun St.

Free and open to the public

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.

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

Copies of The Human Predicament will be available for purchase and signing following the presentation. Free and open to the public, registration is not required for the presentation. Reviews of The Human Predicament may be found here.

Q&A and book signing to follow the program.

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Fall Film Series: 13th

2:00 p.m. | Sunday, Sept. 17 | Stern Center | 71 George St.

Free and open to the public

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.

The screening will feature a panel discussion including 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).

Register here.

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. 

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Uncertain Correspondence:

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump

6:00 p.m. | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | Sottile Theatre | 44 George St. 

Free and open to the public

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.

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Fall Film Series: An Outrage

6:00 p.m. | Tuesday, Oct. 10 | Avery Research Center | 125 Bull St.

Free and open to the public

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.

Cast member Fostenia Baker and the filmmakers Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren will discuss the documentary following the screening.

Register here.

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. 

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A Conversation About Alzheimer’s

6:00 p.m. | Wednesday, Oct. 11 | Adddlestone Library | Room 227

Free and open to the public

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.

Join 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.

Q&A and book signing to follow the program.

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One Year In:

National Security in the Age of Trump

6:00 p.m. | Thursday, Oct. 26 | Adddlestone Library | Room 227 

Free and open to the public

As President Trump and his administration near their first-year anniversary in office, join John Creed, Professor of Political Science at the College of Charleston, as he discusses the major national security issues facing the U.S. today with Peter Finn, National Security Editor of the Washington Post and author of The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA and the Battle over a Forbidden Book.

Q&A and book signing to follow the program.

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The Winthrop Roundtable Presents:

A Life in Lessons
6:00 p.m. | Wednesday, Nov. 1 | The Gaillard Center Performance Hall

This year’s Winthrop Roundtable keynote speaker is Admiral William McRaven, who will present “A Life in Lessons” –  inspirational and informative wisdom drawn from his life of exceptional public service in the U.S. military and as a leader in higher education.

McRaven – who led U.S. Special Operations Command – organized and oversaw the 2011 Osama bin Laden raid. A retired U.S. Navy SEAL, four-star admiral, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World, McRaven currently serves as the Chancellor of the University of Texas System. His inspirational commencement address at U.T. Austin went viral, receiving more than 25 million views.

Tickets:

Join or renew your Friends of the Library membership at the $75-level to receive a ticket to the keynote.

Friends of the Library at the Contributor-level or above receive two premier seats to the keynote address and an opportunity to meet Chancellor McRaven during a private reception.

Roundtable sponsors enjoy VIP access to the event and year-long benefits for their organizations. Tax deductible.

General admission is $15.

For additional information, please contact Vincent Fraley at fraleyv@cofc.edu

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