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Citadel News Service
1 Sep 2005

Fall Library Friends book and lecture series ponders leadership qualities of Charlestonians, others

Leaders seize the moment, look to the future, and carry their many followers forward. Some of the best leaders in history will be the focus of the Fall 2005 Daniel Library Friends book and lecture series.

The book and lecture series was created in 1996. It is responsible for bringing numerous noted authors and lecturers to the college and tri-county community.

All programs are free and open to the public. Each program begins at 6:30 p.m. in Bond Hall Room 165 unless otherwise noted. Refreshments are served and many events include book-signing opportunities. Here's what is coming up this fall:

Charleston Through the Eyes of Mayor Palmer Gaillard Jr.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 13.
What: Mayor Gaillard (Mayor of Charleston from 1959 to 1975) was a legend to those growing up in Charleston back when the Holy City was “too poor to paint and too proud to whitewash.” He had the vision and the leadership that helped bring about the Renaissance that is Charleston today. His book, “Boards to Boardroom” is filled with wonderful quips and stories. Reception. Book signing.

Constantinople, A City For All Ages with Michael Finefrock
When: Tuesday, Sept. 27.
What: Constantinople is a city of mythic proportions: the stopping place of Alexander the Great, the capital of the Byzantine Emperors, the emirate of the Ottoman Sultans, and today, the home of a contemporary Muslim Democracy. Take a multimedia tour through this splendid city with Finefrock, professor at the College of Charleston. Reception.

A Homegrown Hero: Wade Hampton III with Bob Ackerman
When: Tuesday, Oct. 11.
What: Professor and author, Bob Ackerman will provide an in-depth interpretation of Wade Hampton from his new book, “Wade Hampton, III, A Biography.” Wade Hampton was a South Carolina hero: the ultimate gentleman, Calvary commander, and political leader. Reception. Book signing.

Fall Plantation Tour
When: Noon Sunday, Oct. 23
What: Richard Porcher will lead a tour of Mansfield Plantation in Georgetown County. Porcher is a national authority on South Carolina rice culture. Mansfield is the finest remaining rice plantation that has been in the hands of the same family since the 18th century. Reservations required, 953-7691. Limited space. $60 includes transportation and supper.

All in One Lifetime: Changes in South Carolina 1945-1975 with Walter Edgar
When: Tuesday, Oct. 25.
What: Walter Edgar carries the banner for South Carolina history. He will tell the story of a period that brought the rise of the Republican Party, the emergence of the Civil Rights Movement, and the decline of rural South Carolina. This will be the story of Fritz Hollings, Jim Edwards, Charles Daniel, Harvey Gantt, I DeQuincey Newman, Jimmy Byrnes, Bob McNair, Strom Thurmond, and Waties Waring. Reception. Book signing

An Eye Witness Account of the Burning of Columbia 1865 with David Aiken
When: Tuesday, Nov. 8.
What: Through the eyes of William Gilmore Simms, professor and author David Aiken will retell the story of the burning of Columbia. Were Union troops, under General Tecumseh Sherman, or retreating Confederate troops, responsible for the fires that burned for three days in February 1865? Book signing, and reception.

A Multimedia Tour of Brookgreen Garden with Jim Martin
When: Tuesday, Nov. 29.
What: This will be a slide talk on Brookgreen Gardens at its best. Jim Martin, noted horticulturist and garden author, is also a major factor in the continuing beauty and elegance of Brookgreen Gardens. Few gardens in the world so aptly demonstrate the evocative blending of statutory, wild landscape and cultivated gardens, as does Brookgreen Gardens. Reception.

Gordon Rhea and the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse 1864
When: Tuesday, Dec. 6.
What: Gordon Rhea is the penultimate storyteller. He is also a Civil War author and a fine lawyer. Using primary sources and his vast knowledge of the final battles of the Civil War, Rhea will tell the story of Charles Whilden of Charleston. “Carrying the Flag” is an account of bravery where least expected. Reception and book signing.

John Glusman and “Conduct Under Fire”
When: Tuesday, Dec. 13
What: Award winning author John Glusman will tell the story of four American doctors and their fight for life as prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-45. This is an eyewitness account of the Pacific War, including the siege of Corrigidor. Reception and book signing.
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