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Citadel News Service

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Sept. 3, 2001

Heyward scholar to speak at The Citadel

On Wednesday, The Daniel Library Friends at The Citadel will kick the 2001-2002 book club series with a discussion of DuBose Heyward's Peter Ashley.

Citadel English professor James Hutchisson, a noted Heyward scholar, will discuss Peter Ashley, a novel replete with secession, war, duels, horse races and a magnificent love story, all set in Charleston, 1861.

Hutchisson has been a professor at The Citadel since 1989 and is the author of DuBose Heyward: A Charleston Gentleman and The World of Porgy and Bess.

The discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Prioleau Room in the Daniel Library. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free.

Charleston's celebrated history, culture and heritage is the theme of this year's book series. Other upcoming events scheduled are:

Sept. 18: Mark Regan's The Hunley: Submarines, Sacrifice, and Success in the Civil War with Professor Kyle Sinisi.

Sinisi, a respected Civil War scholar, will look at the Hunley mystique from several perspectives--the naval blockade of Charleston, 1864, the state of submarine development, and the daring do of the several Hunley crews.

Oct. 2: Josephine Pinckney's Three O' Clock Dinner with Professor Barbara Rockefeller.

Rockefeller aka Barbara L. Bellows is working on a new biography of Josephine Pinckney that hopes to shed fresh insight on Pinckney whose wonderful novel captures Charleston society circa 1941. Laugh, cry but above all be entertained by this classic Charleston story of love, class and custom.

Oct. 16: Josephine Humphreys Rich in Love with Professor Suzanne Ozment.

Ozment, also The Citadel's dean of undergraduate studies, has a trenchant way of cutting to the heart of Humphreys wonderful novel of growing up on Sullivans Island. The young heroine, Lucille Odom wades through familial discontent and discovers that she is a woman, rich in wisdom, rich in humor and rich in love.

Oct. 30: Charleston's Historic Churches & Synagogues with Jonathan Poston.

Poston, author of Buildings of Charleston and director of museum and preservation initiatives for the Historic Charleston Foundation, is widely respected for his knowledge of Charlestons architectural heritage. He will use slides to bring up close the wonders of St Philips, St. Michaels, St. Marys, and Beth Elohim.

Nov. 13: Loutrel Briggs' Charleston Gardens with James R. Cothran.

Cothran author of Gardens of Historic Charleston, has written an all-encompassing book on Charlestons historic gardens. With keen insight and superior slides he will provide a unique glimpse into the gardens of Charlestons most lauded landscape architect, Loutrel Briggs. Known for his classic small gardens, Briggs also designed such plantation classic gardens as Mulberry and Mepkin.

Nov. 27 Views of Antebellum Charleston with Angie LeClercq.

LeClercq, author of Between North and South, The Letters of Emily Wharton Sinkler and The Citadel's library director, will use slides of antebellum Charleston and the words of Emily Wharton Sinkler to explore a unique 19th century American city replete with horse races, dinner parties, balls, parades and shopping. A book singing will follow.

Dec. 4: South Carolina Lowcountry Rice Culture with Professor Richard Porcher.

Porcher knows lowcountry rice culture from the inside. He will use his own research and photography to bring us up close to the cultivation and rhythms of the seasons for a rice plantation of the lowcountry.

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For more information, contact Angie LeClercq, library director, at 953-1267