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Friends of the Daniel Library: Past Lectures


“An Evening with Pat Conroy & John Warley” 

Monday, May 26, 2014, 6:30-8:30 pm
The Holliday Alumni Center, The Citadel

Join the Friends of the Daniel Library and the Fine Arts at The Citadel for our Summer Event featuring New York Times bestselling writer Pat Conroy and John Warley (both Class of ’67) for a lively dialog and book signing.  The writers will discuss their fifty-year friendship and their new books, Conroy’s The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Sonand Warley’s A Southern Girl: A Novel, each a story of the redemptive power of family.  

A 2009 inductee into the South Carolina Hall of Fame, Pat Conroy is the author of eleven books, including The BooThe Great SantiniThe Lords of DisciplineMy Losing SeasonMy Reading Life, and, most recently, The Death of Santini. In 2013, Conroy became editor-at-large for Story River Books, an original fiction imprint of the University of South Carolina. He lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, with his wife, the novelist Cassandra King. 

John Warley’s previous books include Bethesda’s Child and The Moralist. His new novel, A Southern Girl, is the first publication of Pat Conroy’s Story River Books imprint. The father of three sons and one daughter, Warley divides his time between Beaufort, South Carolina, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. More information.

Dr. Steven Pincus – “Wars and State Formation: The Causes and British Divergence”

Thursday, February 6
Duckett Auditorium, 7 p.m. 

Between 1400 and 1800, the number of European States was radically reduced and new states emerged with significantly increased powers. What role did warfare play in this phenomenon?  And why did Britain emerge from this period as the world’s greatest economic and military power?


Dr. Pincus is the Bradford Durfee Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of numerous essays and books on the history of Britain, Europe, and the British Empire, including 1688: The First Modern Revolution and Protestantism and Patriotism: Ideologies and the Making of English Foreign Policy, 1650-1668.

Dr. J. William Harris – “The Hanging of Thomas Jeremiah: A Forgotten Tale of Charles Town in the American Revolution”

Monday, February 17
Bond Hall 165, 7 p.m.

In 1775, Thomas Jeremiah was one of fewer than five hundred “Free Negros” in South Carolina and, with an estimated worth of £1,000 (about $200,000 in today’s dollars), possibly the richest person of African descent in British North America. Although a slaveowner himself, Jeremiah was accused by whites of sowing insurrection among slaves at the behest of the British. Chief among the accusers was Henry Laurens, who would later become the president of the Continental Congress. On the other side was Lord William Campbell, royal governor of the colony, who passionately believed that the accusation was unjust and tried to save Jeremiah's life but failed.


Dr. Harris is a Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. He has authored or edited several books on the history of the United States, the American South, and African Americans, including The New South: New Histories and, most recently, The Hanging of Thomas Jeremiah: A Free Black Man’s Encounter with Liberty.

Chinese Democracy and Market Roundtable

Monday, March 10, 2014
Bond Hall, Rm 165 @ 6:45pm

Why has China not developed a democracy? Has China built a market economy? Can China grow its middle class without democracy? To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, Dr. Guoli Liu and Dr. Keith Knapp will address the past, present, and future prospects of democracy, human rights, and market reform in China. Dr. Joe Renouard of the Citadel’s Department of History will host.


Dr. Liu and Dr. Knapp are two of South Carolina’s most distinguished experts on China, and they are regular visitors to this rapidly-changing nation. Dr. Liu is a Professor and Associate Chair of Political Science at the College of Charleston. Among the books he has authored or edited are States and Markets: Comparing Japan and Russia and China’s Deep Reform: Domestic Politics in Transition. Dr. Knapp is a Professor of History at the Citadel. He has published numerous essays and books on Chinese history, and he is the co-editor of the prestigious Cambridge History of China: Volume II.

An Evening with Maxine Hudson and Nancy Mace

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Daniel Library Museum Reading Room (3rd Floor), 6:30 p.m.

There will be an interesting discussion with the first two women graduates of The Citadel, Maxine Hudson and Nancy Mace on Tuesday, March 18, at the Daniel Library in the Museum Reading Room. 

In November 1846, the first class of Cadets graduated from the Citadel Academy with 6 male Cadets receiving diplomas.  More than a century later, the first woman graduate, Maxine Hudson, paved the way for change in 1970. She was the first woman to graduate in any capacity from The Citadel. Though not a member of the Corps, Hudson accomplished what many thought would never happen, she graduated from the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Twenty-nine years later the first woman graduates from The Citadel Corps of Cadets. Nancy Mace becomes the first female Cadet to walk across the stage, and she does it magna cum laude! 

Please join the Friends of the Daniel Library to meet the first women graduates of The Citadel and hear their stories and also their insights about The Citadel’s current efforts to continue to expand the female student population. There is no fee to attend and parking is free.

Dr. Patrick Allitt – “A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism"

Monday, April 7, 2014
Bond Hall 165, 6:45 p.m.

Our environmental situation is not getting worse: it’s getting better. Since World War II the United States has faced a succession of alarms about pollution, over-population, resource depletion, acid rain, and climate change. At the same time its people have been leading longer, healthier, more affluent lives, breathing cleaner air, bringing endangered species back from the brink of extinction, and setting aside more land for national parks, forests, and wilderness areas. Patrick Allitt’s new book, A Climate of Crisis, explains this paradox. It shows that our environmental problems are manageable, not catastrophic, and that the best way to understand them is to study their history.


Dr. Allitt is the Cahoon Family Professor of History at Emory University. He is the author of seven books on American intellectual, environmental, and religious history, and he is the presenter of seven lecture series in the renowned “Great Courses” video collection.


Women and The Citadel – History in the Making
Thursday, March 28th, 6:30pm
Museum Reading Room of Daniel Library (3rd floor)

For most of its 170 years, The Citadel has been an all-male college with an all-male faculty. The college catalog records the 1975-1976 academic year as the first year during which a woman was included as a member of the faculty. Today, approximately 28% of tenured and tenure-track faculty are women. Please join us as The Citadel begins to capture this important history through a discussion with Dr. Martha Hurley (Criminal Justice Department), Dr. Jane C. Bishop (History Department), and Dr. Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook (formerly Department of Education.) The panel will be moderated by Dr. Julie Lipovsky (Psychology Department). Dr. O’Bryant-Seabrook is a well-known fiber artist. Her quilts have been exhibited around the world and are true works of art that often include lessons about life. She was one of 44 artists who created quilts for an exhibition entitled “They Paved the Way” in honor of President Obama’s first inauguration. The quilts were exhibited at the Washington Historic Society for several months. We will be exhibiting a few of Dr. O’Bryant-Seabrooks quilts on the evening of the 28th.

The War of 1812 and the Library of Congress
Tuesday, April 9th, 6:30pm
Museum Reading Room of Daniel Library (3rd floor)

Don Hickey is a professor of History at Wayne State College in Nebraska who has recently been named the General Mark Clark Distinguished Visiting Chair of History at The Citadel. Called “the dean of 1812 scholarship” by The New Yorker, Don is an award-winning author who has written seven books and nearly a hundred articles on the War of 1812. He is best known for The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict (Bicentennial edition, 2012) and Don't Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812 (2006). Don also serves as series editor for John Hopkins Books on the War of 1812 and manages an e-mail list for those interested in the war. There will be a booksigning following the presentation. Dr. Hickey’s books will be available for purchase.

Mary Edna Fraser and the Art of Batik
Thursday, May 30th, 5:30pm

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk The Daniel Library and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences will host the first ever Piccolo Spoleto event at The Citadel from May 24 through June 9. The exhibit will be displayed through much of the fall semester. The opening reception will include a book signing.


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