Book and lecture series turns to exploring World War II
The Citadel's Daniel Library Friends spring book and lecture series will focus on World War II heroes and anti-heroes, leaders and villains with a few side “trips” to explore Italian and Charleston gardens and the Edisto River.
The Daniel Library Friends book and lecture series was created in 1996. It is responsible for bringing many noted authors and lecturers to the college and tri-county community. All programs are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served.
Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. in Bond Hall Room 165 unless otherwise noted. Some events require registration.
When: Tuesday, Jan. 23
Michael Barrett of The Citadel’s History Department will explore Hitler’s rise to power, his political techniques, and the whirlwind he initiated by rearming Germany for WWII.
Italy Abloom from Lake Como to the Amalfi Coast
When: Tuesday, Feb. 13
Angie LeClercq, director of the Daniel Library, will take you on an arm chair tour of Italian gardens in the month of May, from Bellagio and Lake Como, to Lucca and Tuscany to Ravello and the Amalfi coast.
Douglas Bader, the RAF and the Battle of Britain
When: Monday, Feb. 26
S.P. MacKenzie, professor of military history at the University of South Carolina, will discuss Douglas Bader, the legless air ace and RAF pilot who epitomized the Battle of Britain. MacKenzie is considered an authority on the British in WWII.
Emily Whaley Memorial Garden Tour
When: Sunday, March 11 from 1-4 p.m.
The 9th annual Emily Whaley Memorial Garden Tour will feature nine camellia gardens on Church and Meetings streets in downtown Charleston. The self guided tour begins at Alkyon Arts at 120 Meeting St. Cost is $60 and reservations are required. Call 843- 953-7691. Group rates are available. Cocktail buffet afterward.
When: Tuesday, March 13
Professor Rich Bodek of The College of Charleston’s History Department will show how after a series of early mistakes, Stalin’s leadership style helped ensure a Soviet victory in WWII.
Cruise the Edisto River
When: Sunday, March 18
Retired professor Richard Porcher will guide a cruise on the Edisto River, the world's longest free-flowing "blackwater" stream. It runs through 12 counties, including much of the Midlands and Lowcountry of South Carolina. Cost is $60. Call 843-953-7691 for reservations.
Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin: Who Won the Second World War?
When: Tuesday, April 3
Professor Warren F. Kimball, emeritus professor of History at Rutgers University, is an authority on the politics and military strategy of the key players in WWII.
Charles de Gaulle, Jean Moulin and French Resistance Fighters in WWII
When: Tuesday, April 17
Professor Joelle Neulander of The Citadel’s History Department will delve into the politics and changing face of the French resistance from 1940 -1945.