Fall 2023 Schedule

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Sept. 11 1:00 pm 

Dale Morris, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Charleston
Heat and Flood and Storms OH MY!
Dale Morris will give an overview of the City’s Comprehensive, Integrated Water Plan that is under development, an update on the US Army Corps of Engineers Charleston peninsula perimeter protection project, the City’s growing work on extreme heat and the City’s broader Flooding and Sea Level Rise Strategy.

Dale has graciously provided a copy of his presentation slides.

Sept. 11 2:30 pm
Diana Barth
Preview Fall C.A.L.L. Classes



September 18 1:00pm

Chris Burtt,
Urban Horticulture Extension Agent, Clemson Cooperative Extension
Emerging Issues in Urban Horticulture
Chris Burtt will briefly discuss some of the issues, topics and research emerging from the field of Horticulture. He will focus on some of the concerns in our area. He will talk about some of the innovations and research being done to combat these concerns.

September 18 2:30pm

Lt. General Colby Broadwater, President, American College of the Building Arts
Educating Artisans
ACBA is the only college in America that integrates professional trades training with a liberal arts core curriculum, leading to a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree. This unique educational model prepares graduates to become leaders in their fields, for they understand not only how to perform their trade, but also how to think critically within the context, science and history of their craft, as well as manage a business.

September 25  NO CCR  Yom Kippur

October 2 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm

The Charleston Mayoral Candidates Forum took place at Founders Hall on the grounds of Charles Towne Landing.

Nina Sossamon-Pogue, author, speaker, podcaster, former tech executive, and Emmy-winning former news anchor
Charleston Mayoral Candidates Forum

Nina Sossamon-Pogue will introduce the candidates for Mayor of Charleston and moderate questions to each of the candidates.


October 9 1:00 pm

Cindi May,
Professor Psychology., CofC
Are Old Cats Equally Curious?
 Curiosity is a desire to know the unknown, and it can drive human behavior in positive ways and negative ways. As we age, do we become wiser with our curiosity? Come learn about the ways in which older adults are wiser than young – and when they are not!

October 9 2:30 pm

Tamara Butler, Executive Director, Avery Research Center, CofC
Learning Love on Selfsame Land
Dr. Tamara Butler shares how growing up on Johns Island, generations of women and Black and Indigenous poets taught her about 3 components of love and land. Join us for a journey through how stories and poetry have shaped her as a community member, a thought leader, and a creative educator.

October 16 1:00 pm

Wojciech Milewski, Music Director, Summerville Symphony
What Makes a Great Musician?
Talent? Discipline? Work Ethic? Influence of Surroundings? None of these? The Music Director of the Summerville Symphony will explore the question with us.


October 16 2:30 pm

Sarah Evans, Executive Director of Dragon Boat Charleston
This year Dragon Boat Charleston is celebrating their 20th anniversary. We would like to share with you a little dragon boating history, what the research and our members say about the impact of dragon boating on physical and mental health, our community support, where we headed and finally … Is dragon boating for you?

October 23 1:00 pm

Brooke Jackson Kahn, PA-C, 1Lt Army Reserves
The Misperceptions of the Female Veteran
Brooke Jackson Kahn will take a rare look into the experience of women in the military, common misperceptions and what the non-profit, “She’s the Veteran”, is doing to improve their mental health while building a supportive community.

October 23 2:30pm

Will McCorkle, Assistant Professor of educational foundations and social studies education, CofC
Immigration Policy and Asylum Seekers
Asylum seekers and refugees leave their countries because they have no choice; the risks to their lives and their families’ lives are simply too great. But new risks replace the ones they flee as they traverse hostile landscapes only to encounter the daunting realities of immigration policy.

October 30 1:00 pm

Keith Summey, Mayor, North Charleston
Almost Thirty Years at the Helm
As he prepares to retire after nearly thirty years as Mayor of North Charleston, Mayor Keith Summey will look back with us at the sweeping changes that have marked his tenure, and he will look ahead to his hopes for the city’s future as the torch is passed.

October 30 2:30 pm

Solomon Stevens, Educator, P&C Columnist
The Decline of Reading in the Digital Age
Solomon Stevens will explore the reasons that reading ability and even the desire to read are declining today and why this is a threat to democracy.


November 6 1:00 pm

Christophe Boucher, Professor of Native American History, CofC
Truth About the First Thanksgiving
Just about everyone can get behind the themes of Thanksgiving – gratitude and sharing. But those weren’t the reasons that brought the Puritans and Native Americans together in 1621 for the first feast.


November 6 2:30 pm

Gordon Rhea, historian, author
Stephen A. Swails: Black Freedom Fighter in the Civil War and Reconstruction
Gordon Rhea, noted Civil War historian, author, and attorney, will explore the dynamic man who is the subject of his newest book, Stephen A. Swails.

November 13 1:00 pm

Dorothy St. James, author
My Love of Libraries Drove Me to Murder… Mysteries
How far will a library lover go to protect her books? Author Dorothy St. James discusses her obsession with books, libraries, and writing quirky mysteries set in South Carolina. The librarian heroine in her latest book, A BOOK CLUB TO DIE FOR, discovers that protecting the protected word is much harder than she ever expected… in fact, it’s murder.

November 13 2:30 pm

Cele and Lynn Seldon, travel journalists and authors
Talking Travel and More with Seldon Ink
Travel journalists, authors and novelists, Cele and Lynn Seldon will talk about how they got into travel writing, their travels, articles, books and more.

November 20    No CCR Thanksgiving   free-turkey-clipart-images-free-clipart-images – Anna-Jonesboro Community High School

November 27 1:00 pm

Scott Peeples, Professor of English, CofC
Poe Places
In this lecture based on Scott Peeples’ book The Man of the Crowd: Edgar Allan Poe and the City, he will discuss some of the places Poe lived, why he lived there, and how certain cities and living conditions might have affected Poe’s career.

November 27 2:30 pm

Ashley Demosthenes, Executive Director, Lowcountry Land Trust                    
Permanently Protecting Land & Water While Creating Community-Centered Places
The talk will address how the Lowcountry Land Trust works to permanently protect land and water while creating community-centered places.

December 4 1:00 pm

David Kroese
, speaker, author
The World Wars in America’s National Park System
David Kroese will take us through over two dozen National Park Service units that share inspirational, heroic, and tragic stories from World Wars I and II and war on the home front.

December 4 2:30 pm

Mick Norton,
Emeritus Professor of Math, CofC
Using Statistics as an Expert Witness
This talk will discuss some of the most memorable legal cases in which statistics cited by expert witnesses were of great significance.

December 11 12:00 noon

CCR Member Celebration Luncheon

Program preceding the Luncheon
Native American Music, A Timeline, Historical to Present
Reverend Catherine Nelson and Native American musicians from Keepers of the Word will present a music-filled presentation of Native American Music.


The Center for Creative Retirement (CCR) invites individuals from diverse backgrounds to make presentations on a wide array of topics. The views and opinions expressed by these presenters are not necessarily those either of CCR or the College of Charleston.