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What’s Happening at the Library in 2013?

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Winter/Spring 2013 Programming

There are lots of exciting things happening in and around the Library in the next few months!

A Memory of Light, Harriet McDougal and Brandon Sanderson Addlestone Library Rotunda Saturday, January 12, 3pm

Join Brandon Sanderson and Harriet McDougal for a public book signing as they concludetheir cross-country launch for A Memory of Light. Guests will also have the opportunity to get a first-hand look at never-before seen manuscripts, handwritten notes and photographs from the James Rigney Collection.

The Inventor and the Tycoon, Edward Ball School of Sciences and Mathematics Auditorium, 202 Calhoun Street Thursday, February 7th, 6pm

In a talk illustrated with exquisite period photography, Edward Ball tells the storyof Edward Muybridge, the murderer who invented the movies, and his partner Leland Stanford, the robber baron who built the railroads. The two men and their unlikely collaboration are the subject of Ball’s new book, The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures.

All Lovers of Nature…Love a Swamp: Wading and Wandering Through the Lowcountry Marsh Dr. Jim Tuten Room 227, Addlestone Library Tuesday, February 14th , 6pm

Join Dr. Jim Tuten, Associate Professor of History, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, for a look at the evolution of two beloved Lowcountry pastimes: hunting and fishing. Dr. Tuten, a Lowcountry native and expert on the defunct South Carolina rice industry, will examine the unique natural landscape of our region and how it shaped and was shaped by sportsmen over the past one hundred and fifty years. The talk accompanies an exhibit in Special Collections of the Haslam Collection of Angling and Sporting books as part of the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition.

Rumblings of an Avalanche: The Legacy of Silent Spring, Linda Lear Addlestone Library Room 227 Wednesday, February 20, 6pm

Rachel Carson’s 1962 blockbuster Silent Spring helped inspire the contemporary environmental movement and warned us of the dangers of the misuse of pesticides. But fifty years later the book is still as hotly debated as it was when it was published and Carson herself has been both maligned and mythologized. Linda Lear is the author of the acclaimed biography of Rachel Carson, Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature.

Why Do We Continue To Read Holocaust Journals? The Case of Helene Berr, Theodore Rosengarten Addlestone Library, Room 227 Wednesday, March 6, 6pm

In 1942, at age 21, Helene Berr began writing a journal describing a world that brutally ostracized her for being a Jew. She wrote in her journal every day until March 1944 when she was deported to Auschwitz. Berr died in Bergen-Belsen in 1945, just days before the camp was liberated, yet her journal surfaced seven years ago. Dr. Rosengarten will consider Berr’s life and journal in the context of contemporary Holocaust representation. Co-sponsored with the College of Charleston’s Friends of the Library, Jewish Heritage Collection, Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program and the Zucker/Goldberg Holocaust Education Initiative.

Helene Berr: The Exhibition Addlestone Library Rotunda March 1-27

Helene Berr, A Stolen Life gives life anew to its subject, a budding French scholar of English and literature whose life was brutally cut short in the Holocaust. Berr left behind a journal of extraordinary beauty and value both as literature and history, one that provides a rare view of how French Jews perceived persecution. Through texts and photographs, the exhibition, organized by Memorial de le Shoah, in Paris, vividly narrates the life story of an accidental author and the afterlife of her inestimable journal.

This exhibition, curated by Karen Taïeb and Sophie Nagiscarde, was designed, created, and circulated by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France) and made possible through the generous support of the SNCF. Co-sponsored with the College of Charleston’s Friends of the Library, Jewish Heritage Collection, Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program and the Zucker/Goldberg Holocaust Education Initiative.

Winthrop Roundtable featuring Justice Albie Sachs Rivers Green, College of Charleston Sunday, March 24, 5pm Internationally acclaimed freedom fighter and champion of human rights regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation, and a pillar of the international law community, Albie Sachs helped shape our modern world. Justice Sachs’ keynote address, The Triumph of Humanity and Social Justice, shares the South African experience of healing a divided society. He will discuss his earliest experience, being born to a Jewish family who fled Lithuania and the Tsar’s discrimination., to his career as a human rights activist, his participation in the Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign and the Congress of the People at Kliptown, and his appointment in 1994 to the Constitutional Court of South Africa by Nelson Mandela. He talks about his role in the establishment of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the development of Soft Vengeance, focusing on the power of restorative rather than punitive justice.

*Special invitation only, please contact Stephanie Alexander at or 843.953.6526 for more information.

Janie Mitchell, Reliable Cook, Lisa Foster and Mary Lou Murray Combs Addlestone Library, Room 227 Wednesday, April 10, 6pm

A non-fiction account of an ex-slave’s life, this story gives a snapshot view of Charleston from 1862-1931 through the eyes of Janie Mitchell based on her own writings. Janie Mitchell, Reliable Cook: An Ex-Slaves Recipe for Living chronicles Janie’s life as well as her relationship with her owners, the Rutledge family, and her later employment with other Charleston families.

Jewish Family History Roadshow Addlestone Library, Special Collections April 1 – May 19

Old love letters never lose their power. But did you know that store ledgers, business correspondence, and immigration documentscan also pack a punch? Come visit the Family History Roadshow at Addlestone Library’s Special Collections and look for yourself through the archival window at the world of South Carolina Jews, then and now. The exhibition, anchored by poignant and beautiful portraits and photographs, is being mounted in conjunction with the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina meeting being held at the College of Charleston on May 18–19.

Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the Addlestone Library Rotunda May 23rd-July 6th

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art commissioned Rebound artist Long-Bin Chen to create a site-specific sculptural work that will be on view in the Rotunda of the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library concurrent with an exhibition within the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Sponsored by BiblioLabs, with the additional support of the Friends of the Library, Rebound is a featured event of the 2013 Spoleto Festival USA. For more information about Rebound, please visit

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