Editor's Note

In the short year that I have been at the helm of Wide Angle Lunches—finding its speakers, coordinating their talks, and having the pleasure of introducing them to you all at the beautiful Charleston Library Society—I've come to joke that sometimes the job can feel a bit like the old adage, "always the bridesmaid, never the bride." Just as the repeat bridesmaid might dream of one day shedding her pastel confection du jour and taking that iconic walk in white, the chronic introducer occasionally finds herself fantasizing about the day that she is the main event. Suddenly, the shouts of two tiny tyrants snap her from this reverie, and she dutifully files the fantasy in her thick "someday" folder.

In this, the tenth season of Wide Angle Lunches, I am thrilled to welcome back—to welcome home—Wide Angle's visionary founder, Caroline von Nathusius, who will at long last take her well-deserved turn in the Wide Angle spotlight. Caroline's wit and wisdom will kick off a series that explores questions quintessentially wide: What was it like to be a child in West Berlin when the Wall came crumbling down? How has hypnosis evolved in the course of human history? Where are we today in the eyes of a Civil Rights leader? Is TV a blight or boon to society?

Mark your calendars and start dreaming—of the warm spring days, delicious box lunches, and sensational speakers that have come to define Wide Angle Lunches.

— Ceara Donnelley

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Thursday 26 March 2015

Caroline von Nathusius
Cold War Child: an Englishwoman in Eastern Germany

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Thursday 9 April 2015

Hillary Evans
Hypnosis—Its History and Heroes

For fifteen years Hillary Evans was a pioneer in New York’s digital media world, creating strategic advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 clients in the media and entertainment industries. After successfully creating groundbreaking campaigns for clients such as Pepsi, Hillary stepped back and realized her skills might help people change their lives, not just buy a soda.

That realization led Hillary to pursue a lifelong interest in hypnosis. Today she is a Certified Clinical and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist and the founder of TrueHypnosis, a hypnotherapy practice based in Charleston. Hillary uses her hypnotherapy skills to assist clients with nearly any aspect of life for which they seek help: infertility, pregnancy, marriage, divorce, grief, transitions to school and careers, sports performance, habits, fears, weight loss, midlife crises and more.

Hillary is a graduate of The Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy, where she received diplomas as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Transpersonal Hypnotherapist. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and an Associate Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences from the Chamberlain School of Design.

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Thursday 16 April 2015

Dave Morgan
Yes, Television Can Be a Positive Influence on Society!

In recent years, Charlestonians have grown accustomed to watching their streets transform into television and movie sets. What many don't know is that Dave Morgan, Founder, President and CEO of Mount Pleasant-based Litton Entertainment, has been quietly putting the Lowcountry on the entertainment industry map for more than ten years.

Morgan established Litton in 1989 and partnered with prominent animal ambassador Jack Hanna to produce and distribute pro-social programs aimed at America's youth. Today, Litton Entertainment is a world class producer, distributor and partner programming 22 half hours on leading broadcast networks including ABC, CBS and The CW. Litton currently produces more than 600 hours of Emmy Award-Winning television reaching over 250 million viewers annually.

Litton's production facilities span the country in cities including New York, Burbank, Boston, Washington, D.C.—and Charleston. The recent acquisition of a 50,000 square foot studio in North Charleston, which will serve as the production home for CBS's new scripted series called “The Inspectors,” doubled Litton's production space.

Morgan and his family live in Charleston, where he serves on The School of Business Board of Governors for the College of Charleston and MUSC Children's Hospital Board. In addition, Mr. Morgan taught “The Business of Television,” a television business course at College of Charleston aimed at inspiring young people to pursue careers in television and emerging media.

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Thursday 23 April 2015

John Reynolds
The Fight for Freedom

In the summer of 1965, an eighteen-year old boy, filled with frustration and anger at the injustices of the segregated society in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, volunteered to help Civil Rights workers sent to Alabama by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as part of a campaign to register black people to vote. A few short months later he found himself in Atlanta, standing in the sanctuary of Ebenezer Baptist Church, being interviewed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for a position on SCLC's field staff.

As a young foot soldier in the Civil Rights Movement, John Reynolds was an eyewitness to history. In his recent book, The Fight for Freedom: A Memoir of My Years in the Civil Rights Movement, he shares his experiences in some of the hot spots of that day, such as Selma, Birmingham, and Mississippi. A passionate and dedicated soldier, Reynolds was jailed more than twenty times and beaten on a number of occasions as he went through some of the toughest battles of the Movement and played a role in awakening the national conscience and redeeming the soul of America.

Reynolds is an ordained American Baptist minister and served as a pastor in Rhode Island for twelve years. Born in Alabama, he spent seven years with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, working with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy. He currently lives near Charleston.

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