Weekly Presentations Spring 2022

Welcome back to in person CCR presentations. All meetings will take place at Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing in West Ashley. Our first presentation will begin at 12:30 PM

All presentations will be live cast on ZOOM for members who cannot attend and will be recorded for later viewing. 

January 10, 2022, at 12:30pm we kick off the new semester with Mayor John Tecklenburg. The mayor will catch us up on Current Topics. Find out what is happening in Charleston.
Note that the recording was not started until 1;00PM.

We apologize for the technical difficulties that occurred during the mayor’s presentation. Members at Founders Hall experienced no problems but Zoom participants experienced very poor audio quality for several minutes while we tried to address the problem. We had run multiple dry runs for these hybrid meetings from home but could not emulate the sound system at Founders Hall. We have since performed a dry run at Founders Hall without any problems. There is an adage in broadcasting that people can forgive mediocre video, but they cannot forgive bad audio. 


January 17, 2022, No CCR Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Are you curious about other religions? On January 24 at 12:30pm we will have a special combined presentation by Elijah Siegler, Ph.D., Department of Religious Studies at the College of Charleston, on Learning From the Dao: How an Ancient Religion Can Change Your Life and Wei Ma, Director of the Charleston Chinese Language Center, on Exploring Chinese Culture.
This will be a combined 75-minute presentation with a Q&A session afterwards.


Need more activity in your life after 2 years of Covid restrictions? On January 31, 2022, at 12:30pm, Janet R. Wojcik, Ph.D., FACSM, Professor and Program Director in the Exercise Science, Department of Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance at Winthrop University may be able to inspire you with her talk Active Transportation 101 for Health and Climate During Covid-19.

East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) has been helping people for 32 years. The Executive Director of ECCO, Stephanie M. Kelly, on January 31, 2022, at 2:00pm, will share how volunteers and supporters help provide assistance, guidance and resources with the principle of Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

Mepkin is a native word thought to mean serene. Mepkin Abbey: Transformation in a Place of Unchanging Beauty certainly is a place to experience serenity. After the last 2 years of turmoil, we could use some serenity. On February 7, 2022, at 12:30pm Joye Lane-Hill assistant to Fr. Guerric, Guestmaster at Mepkin Abbey, will tell us about the history and natural beauty of Mepkin Abbey.

Why are The Afrikan Feral Cats of Sullivan’s Island different from Fluffy and Thomas purring in your living room? Ellen Stoecker hopes her children’s book will be an opening for a conversation on the difficult subject of slavery with your grandchildren. She will speak on February 7, 2022, at 2:00pm.

Plastic Pollution: The Global Problem in Our Backyard. What are the effects of plastic and microplastic pollution on wildlife and humans? On February 14, 2022, at 12:30pm John Weinstein, Ph.D., professor of Biology at The Citadel will help us understand where it comes from and its effects.

Are you thinking about a new vehicle soon? Are you considering an electric vehicle? John Preston, Emeritus Associate Professor in the College of Technology at Eastern Michigan University, will give you things to think about in his presentation Electric Vehicles and the Grid. His talk will be February 14, 2022, at 2:00pm.

David Kroese has visited all 423 National Park System units. On February 21, 2022, at both the 12:30pm and 2:00pm he will tell us about his adventures. In A Journey Through America’s National Park System, David will tell us about memorable recollections from the parks. In Hidden Gems of America’s National Park System, David will lead us to explore less visited unfamiliar parks.

Bill Cosgrove may have worked for the US-EPA for 35 years, but his lifelong interest has been World War II history. He will tell us how Patton’s Third Army: Normandy to the Lorraine helped secure victory for the Allies. We will all learn some interesting facts we may not have known about World War II on February 28, 2022, at 12:30pm.

CALL Classes have been a favorite of CCR members. Diana Barth, Chairperson of CALL Classes will give us an overview of Winter/Spring 2022 CALL Classes on February 28, 2022, at 2:00pm. If you have not attended a CALL Class before, you will surely find one that interests you.

March 7, 2022 No CCR Spring Break

Returning to give us an update, Rising in the Face of Life’s Challenges, will be Katie Stagliano. Katie is the founder and Chief Executive Gardener of her not for profit, Katie’s Krops. As a 9-year-old she grew a 40-pound cabbage which she donated to a food bank, which helped feed 275 people. From that experience grew the mission of Katie’s Krops. What happened during the pandemic? Find out March 14, 2022, at 12:30pm.

March 14, 2022, at 2:00pm we will learn about Alice: Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Charleston Renaissance Artist from Dwight McInvaill, a close family friend; Caroline Palmer, Alice’s great-great-niece; and Anne Gaud Tinker, Alice’s great niece. Alice Smith was a leader of the Charleston Renaissance and helped spark Charleston’s historic preservation movement.

Phillippe Cunningham, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Medical University of South Carolina, his presentation, Following the Science in the Development, Implementation, and Dissemination of Multisystemic Therapy, on March 21, 2022, at both 12:30pm and 2:00pm, will help us understand the multiple causes of antisocial behavior in children and adolescents and the comprehensive intensive family and community-based approach to treatment.

Penn Center is the only African American National Historic Landmark District in the state of South Carolina. It works to share Reconstruction history and to preserve Gullah Geechee culture. Charlene Spearen, Ph.D. MFA, Administrator, Penn Center, will explain Penn Center’s history in her presentation Penn Center: A History to be Revered and Celebrated on March 28, 2022, at 12:30pm.

Dave Williams, Chief Meteorologist at WCIV-TV ABC News4, has seen major weather events here in the Lowcountry. On March 28, 2022, at 2:00pm Dave will tell us about those storms and what causes them. In his presentation Weathering the Storm he will also share how he keeps calm under fire.


In Fall 2018 the imprint of four small fingers in an antique brick found near the College of Charleston began a discussion of how enslaved Africans contributed to the building of the college. Charissa Owens, Ph.D., Director of Diversity Education and Training will show the documentary, “If These Walls Could Talk,” which was produced to start the discussion of the place of enslaved Africans and the college. April 4, 2022, at both the 12:30pm and 2:00pm sessions Dr. Owens will show the documentary and lead a discussion of the film.

For 10 years the first capital of the United States was in South Carolina. The time between Columbus arrival in 1492 and the settlement of Jamestown in 1607 is South Carolina’s Lost 100 Years. On April 11, 2022, at 12:30pm William Davies, Jr. will tell us about what was happening during that period of time.

Philip “Shady” Rodgers, Director of Education and Events at Moore Farms Botanical Garden Will tell us about the Transformation of Downtown Lake City and Moore Farms Botanical Garden on April 11, 2022, at 2:00pm. Lake City was a typical run-down southern farm town when Darla Moore decided to do something about it. Find out what happened next.

April 18, 2022  NO CCR Easter Break

Gregg Swain an internationally known Mah Jongg historian and author will describe Mah Jongg: The Lore and Lure of the Game. Swain will explain how the artwork on the tiles can guide players into an understanding of Chinese art, culture and history. On April 25, 2022, at 12:30pm Swain will outline aspects of the game for us.


Mars is a small planet with four of the largest volcanoes in the solar system. On April 25, 2022, at 2:00pm John Chadwick, Ph.D. Department of Geology and Geoscience at the College of Charleston will talk about these and other volcanoes on the red planet. We will learn more about these Giant Volcanoes on Mars.

With changes in German leadership, the impact of Brexit, the shift in power in France, what will the EU look like in the years ahead? Bryan Ganaway, Ph.D. Associate Dean of the Honors College at the College of Charleston in his presentation Integration or Populism?: The Future of the European Union will address these issues. Dr. Ganaway will speak on May 2, 2022, at 12:30pm.

Brian Hicks Post and Courier Columnist and Author is always one of our most popular speakers. You will not want to miss May 2, 2022, at 2:00pm when we hear Brian’s humorous take on What Is Going On!


Join us on May 9, 2022 at 12:30pm for our annual member’s meeting.