Art, war and culture come alive at The Citadel
The Citadel's Daniel Library Friends’ spring book and lecture series will feature both the good and bad of the world with programs on Italian gardens, the beauty of the Doric temple and the bright future of Charleston.
The spring schedule kicks off Jan. 24 with a look at the war in Afghanistan and what it takes to save a country from terrorism.
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 and many events include book-signing opportunities.
Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. in Bond Hall Room 165 unless otherwise noted. Some events require advance registration and charge a fee.
The Real Afghanistan
When: Tuesday, Jan. 24
What: Col. Cardon B. Crawford, former director of Operations for Combined Forces Command, Afghanistan, will give a behind the scenes look at what it takes to save a country from terrorism. Crawford now oversees the Army ROTC detachment at The Citadel.
The Majesty of Italian Gardens
When: Tuesday, Feb. 14
What: Angie LeClercq, whose garden articles appear in “The Mercury” will show the best of Italian gardens and talk about garden ornamentation. You will have an arm chair tour of Sicily, Ravello, Positano, Capri, Rome, Lucca and Isola Bella.
Charleston: A Vision for the Future
When: Tuesday, Feb. 28
What: Michael T. Maher, director of the Charleston Civic Design Center, will reveal the challenge of keeping Charleston beautiful and viable. Maher, an architect, is focused on the urban environment making sure individual projects work together to contribute to the larger vision of a beautiful and functional Charleston.
The Glory of South Carolina’s Sea Island Cotton
When: Tuesday, March 7
What: Professor Richard Porcher will highlight the beauty of South Carolina’s Sea Island cotton culture. Porcher has documented and photographed South Carolina’s barrier islands, home to the famed sea island cotton in his new book "The Story of Sea Island Cotton." Book signing following.
_The Emily Whaley Memorial Garden Tour – East Bay Street_ (broken link)
When: 1 p.m. Sunday, March 12
What: A tour of 11 exquisite gardens on East Bay and Church streets, including Mrs. Whaley’s beautiful garden at 58 Church St. and the magnificent garden of the Calhoun Mansion. Reception at Alkyon Arts and Antiques.
Reservations: Sign up by calling 843-953-7691. $60. Group rates available.
When: Monday, March 20
What: Professor Ann Swicker Kerr will tell the gripping story of the Beirut she knew from her two books: “Painting the Middle East,” and “Come with Me from Lebanon.” Her husband Malcolm Kerr was president of The American University of Beirut. He was assassinated outside his office in January 1984. Mrs. Kerr has lived all over the Middle East from Beirut to Cairo. Book signing.
Tour the Calhoun Mansion
When: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21
What: A specialty tour of the exquisite Calhoun Mansion, which is now open to the public again. Replete with a fabulous art collection than spans all cultures and centuries, this private home and collection are amongst Charleston’s most beautiful settings.
Reservations: For $100 you will receive a specialty tour of the mansion plus a membership in The Citadel’s Daniel Library Friends. The membership includes circulation and inter-library loan privileges and access to reference services at The Citadel. Call 843-953-7691.
Riverboat Cruise to Airy Hall Plantation
When: Noon Sunday, April 2, leaving from The Citadel
What: Cruise down the Ashepoo River on a pontoon boat and enjoy an elegant picnic supper at splendid Airy Hall Plantation. This trip to the ACE basin will be led by Professor Richard Porcher who is an outstanding field biologist.
Reservations: $60. Call 843-953-7691
How Greek Architects Perfected the Doric Temple
When: Tuesday, April 11
What: Scholar and Archivist Gene Waddell will present the Doric temple from its origins in Greece and Italy. Waddell is just home from an extensive visit to the Balkans, Greece and Italy where he photographed and documented exquisite Doric temples.
The Story of the Charleston Light Dragons
When: Tuesday, April 25
What: Eric Emerson, director of the S.C. Historical Society, goes to the heart of Charleston’s involvement in the Civil War. His new book “Sons of Privilege,” tells the story of the Charleston Light Dragoons, a plutocratic Confederate military unit. He will probe the age old question of whether this was a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight. Book signing.