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Citadel News Service
14 Aug 2008

U.S. foreign policy takes center stage at The Citadel

Speakers at The Citadel's Daniel Library Friends’ fall book and lecture series will address such wide-ranging topics as the gardens of France, Reconstruction in South Carolina, and U.S. foreign policy in Vietnam, Iran, Iraq and Korea.

The Library Friends book and lecture series, created in 1996, brings many noted authors and lecturers to The Military College of South Carolina and the Charleston area. All programs are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served and some events include book-signing opportunities. Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. in Bond Hall Room 165 unless otherwise noted.

"We are excited to bring to the greater Charleston community this series,” said Angie Whaley LeClercq, director of the Daniel Library on campus. “In addition to our traditional garden tours, the fall schedule will feature several dynamic speakers and experts on U.S. foreign policy in the 20th century with particular attention given to Vietnam, Iran, Iraq and Korea."

Talks planned during the fall semester are:

Tuesday, Sept. 9 - “The Bloody Shirt” or Reconstruction with author Stephen Budiansky
Budiansky will explore the “terror” that reigned in South Carolina from 1865-1877. Book signing.

Tuesday Sept. 23 - “The Joy of French Gardens” with Angie Whaley LeClercq
Delight in the brilliant garden designs of France including the Cote d’Azur, the Dordogne, the Ile d’ France and Normandy.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 - “Vietnam” with Col. Tony Lackey
Retired U.S. Army Col. Tony Lackey served four tours of duty in Vietnam between 1964 and 1972. A former Special Forces officer and retired assistant commandant from The Citadel, Lackey will address the why and how the U.S. became involved in the war and its lasting effect on the national decision-making process.

Sunday, Oct. 19 - Fall Splendor at Medway Plantation 
We regret that this event has been cancelled
Visit Medway Plantation with walks around the lake and gardens and a lake house picnic. Free for Friends signing up at the $300 level. Reservations required. Call 843-953-7691.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 - “The Fall of the Shah, Emergence of New Iran” with Joe Renouard
Renouard, a professor in The Citadel’s History Department, will discuss contemporary U.S.-Iran relations: the fall of the Shah, the hostage crisis, and the roots of today’s confrontation with radical Islam.

Tuesday Nov. 11 - “The Korean War from Korean and American Perspectives with Aloysius O’Neill
Veterans’ Day is an appropriate date to look back at the Korean War from the perspective of U.S. foreign policy. O’Neill, a former Foreign Service Officer with extensive Korea experience, will look at the run-up to the war, the war in U.S. foreign policy and the two Koreas today.

Tuesday, Dec. 2 - “Iraq, A Military View” with Todd Garrett
Garrett, Citadel Class of ’98, participated in the original invasion of Iraq in 2003, and was there with the Marine Corps from 2004 to 2005. He will provide an insider’s view of war in Iraq.


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