Tuesday 24 April 2018

Kathleen Brady
Responding to the Opioid Experience

In our opening lunchtime lecture, Dr. Kathleen Brady will describe the state of the opioid epidemic in South Carolina and the nation at large. New, state-of-the-art treatments for opioid dependence are available, and Dr. Brady will discuss efforts to make these treatments available throughout South Carolina. Cutting through the sensationalism of the news media to offer a truthful glimpse of the difficulties facing addicts and their families today, Dr. Brady’s insights are sure to be enlightening in this timely presentation.

Dr. Brady has spent over thirty years in the field of addictions and psychiatric disorders. Her research focuses on pharmacotherapy of substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder, as well as gender differences and women’s issues in addictions, and the neurobiologic connections between stress and addictions.

She has received numerous federal research grants, and has published over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and co-edited 10 books. She has been the Co-Director of MUSC’s NIH-funded Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, focused on translational research training in addictions, for 15 years. She has lead a number of training and research programs focused on translational research in addictions and is currently the Vice President for Research at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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Tuesday 1 May 2018

Sharon Richardson
Audubon Year of the Bird

Birds have a peculiar power to connect us to each other, as well as to places and policy. Sharon Richardson, the Executive Director of South Carolina Audubon, will discuss Audubon’s original vision that today inspires restoration of habitat to create safe places for birds and people, now and into the future. South Carolina Audubon owns 22,000 acres across the state and helps identify firsthand how birds inspire people and bring wonder to all our lives.

Sharon Richardson, Executive Director of South Carolina Audubon, has helped protect over 30,000 acres of land (including 18,000 in the state of South Carolina), and has raised more than $8 million to aid conservation efforts. With her team she has leveraged more than $50 million in land projects.

Ms. Richardson has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Vermont and a BA in Psychology from Middlebury College.

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Thursday 3 May 2018

Armand Derfner
Welcome Mat or No Trespassing Sign? Immigration in America

Armand Derfner is no stranger to America’s immigration issues. Born in France to Polish Jews who had already fled their homeland in Hitler’s early days, his family was forced to flee again as Nazis invaded France and the Vichy government proved incapable of protecting its more vulnerable citizens. This time, their adopted homeland would be the United States, immigrating at a time when the Statue of Liberty’s welcome mat often seemed far more like a No Trespassing sign.

In his talk, Mr. Derfner, a longtime human rights lawyer, will discuss the tumultuous and very mixed history of immigration in the United States, from the mostly open doors of the early days to years of Isolationism to today’s refugee crises, border walls, and growing xenophobia.

Armand Derfner has been practicing civil rights law for over 54 years. His focus on voting rights began with representing voters in Greenwood, Mississippi, in August of 1965 on the first day of the Voting Rights Act. He helped shape the Voting Rights Act through his numerous Supreme Court arguments and his work with Congress.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Defner worked on two long-running suits to desegregate and end racial inequality in the higher education systems in Alabama and Mississippi. In addition he has been involved in numerous other civil rights and public interest cases, including representing civil rights demonstrators, death row inmates, victims of employment discrimination, targets of free speech. In 2009, the American Bar Association named his firm Public Interest Lawyers of the Year.

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Tuesday 8 May 2018

Femi Oyediran & Miles White
Wine As We See It

No matter where in the world you are, wine has a magical, mystical power to bring people together. Whether it’s showing up at a dinner party with a beautiful bottle of Cabernet, or sipping Chardonnay on the patio all summer long, wine is featured in so many of life’s finer moments.

Femi Oyediran and Miles White are two young Charleston-based Sommeliers and the co-owners of Graft Wine Shop. Together, the two friends will share their personal stories and explain why they think wine is an accessory that tightens connections between friends and strangers. With Mr. Oyediran and Mr. White, it’s always about the wine!

Femi Oyediran is the co-owner of Graft Wine Shop. Working under the tutelage of Sommelier Rick Rubel of Charleston Place Hotel, he made the rare achievement of passing the first three levels of the Court of Master Sommeliers within two years, including gaining the Walter Clore Scholarship for achieving the highest score on his certified exam. He is one of 7 Advanced Sommeliers in the state of South Carolina. He is also a two-time national finalist for the Chaine des Rotisseurs Best Young Sommelier in America competition, and the winner of the 2017 Top Somm Blind Tasting Competition of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. He was featured as one of Zagat's Charleston 30 Under 30 in the food and beverage industry and was listed as one of the “The Next Big Names in American Wine” by Tasting Table magazine.

Miles White is the co-owner of Graft Wine Shop. Born in Charleston, Miles started his hospitality career under his mother, caterer Callie White and sister, Carrie Morey of Callie's Hot Little Biscuit. He attended Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, while also attending hotel school at Cesar Ritz Hotel School in Brig, Switzerland. He received his sommelier certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers after graduating in the top of his class in the wine and beverage program at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley. Afterwards, he was hired as a harvest intern at Antica Terra, a cult winery in the Willamette Valley. After 3 years of traveling and winemaking in Oregon and Australia, he returned to Charleston to work at lauded FIG Restaurant and to open Graft.

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Sessions start at 12:30pm
and last an hour

Charleston Library Society

164 King Street
Charleston 29401

Boxed lunch included

Childcare provided