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Citadel News Service
7 Sep 2009

Senior Scholars to explore literature, history, pop culture this fall

Mature adults looking for continued academic enrichment and the benefits of being on a college campus have a variety of lecture events to choose from during the fall Senior Scholars Program at The Citadel Graduate College.

Topics will range from maritime history and model ship making to the unique qualities that make the South what it is today.

"We are excited about the variety of topics, including literature, history, and pop culture, and the expertise of this semester’s speakers,” said Katie Gibson, marketing and recruiting coordinator for the graduate college.

No formal education is required for Senior Scholars membership, but participants can get a student identification card which will allow them to use the library, computer labs and on-campus recreational facilities. They also can purchase an athletic card which may be used to attend The Citadel’s home athletic events. During scheduled programs, members enjoy refreshments and light snacks and share their experiences with guest speakers from the faculty and from the business and professional community.

Cost is $50 for the fall and spring semesters, $35 for the summer or $125 for the entire year. For more information about this program call 953-5089.

The fall program:

Wednesday, Sept. 9
John Reed, founder of the Center for the Study of the American South, UNC Chapel Hill
“What’s Southern about the South?”
Did you know that there are various ways of defining the South? Join Reed as he highlights three specific versions of the South: one is vanishing, one is hanging in there, and one is emerging so quickly that most Southerners haven’t noticed it yet.

Wednesday, Sept. 23
William Thomas-Moore, master model shipwright & maritime historian
“Ships in Scale: Maritime History in Miniature”

In this riveting presentation, Thomas-Moore will give an overview of Charleston’s maritime history from 1670 to the present and explain the history of model ship building.

Wednesday, Oct. 7
John Coles and Mark Teidje, owners, South Carolina Movie Theatres
“The Brightest Spot on Main Street”

From the 1930s into the 1960s, almost every small town in South Carolina had a single screen movie theater. Larger cities had five or six movie theaters, adding excitement to Main Street with their flashing marquees. Join Coles and Teidje as they share information on these theaters and the unique perspective they had on growing up in South Carolina in the mid 20th century.

Wednesday, Oct. 21
Alan Stello, director, The Powder Magazine
“The Powder Museum”

South Carolina’s oldest public building, The Powder Magazine (circa 1713), was the first formal arsenal for the original walled city of Charleston. The Powder Magazine played a vital role in the defense of the early colony from threats of the Spanish, French, pirates and natives. Stello will present this building’s unique 300-year history and also explain the role this historic structure plays in the 21st century.

Wednesday, Nov. 4
David Preston, assistant professor of history, The Citadel
“The French and Indian War”

This lecture will examine the French and Indian War as a component of the much larger Seven Years’ War (1756-1763) that occurred across the world. In particular, Preston will focus on the significant role that American Indians had in the origins and conduct of the war.

Wednesday, Nov. 18
James Hutchisson, English professor, The Citadel
“Ernest Hemingway”

Hemingway transformed American literature from the genteel tradition of the 19th century to the experimental, complex style of the 20th century. Hutchisson will talk about Hemingway’s life growing up in the woods of Michigan, living in Paris in the 1920s, fighting with Loyalist forces in Spain in the 1930s, chronicling the advances of the Allied Army in Europe in the 1940s, and sailing the Caribbean from his homes in Key West and Havana in the 1950s.

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