Tuesday 15 April 2014

Suzanne Pollak & Lee Manigault
The Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits

Nestled deep in our very own city is a tiny Academy that teaches classes in the most important subject in the world: the domestic arts. The Academy's unique curriculum includes everything from cocktail-party etiquette to business entertaining, dealing with household guests and cooking for the holidays.

Founded by Suzanne Pollak and Lee Manigault (aka the Deans), the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits already has a cult following in Charleston. Now, with the launch of the Academy's eponymous book, the Deans dispense their secrets for those who cannot score a spot at one of their notoriously fun and educational classes.

Chatelaine of the Miles Brewton House, Lee is renowned for her tireless preservation work, her wit and her opulent entertaining.

Born in Beirut, raised in Africa, Suzanne is the author of Entertaining for Dummies and The Pat Conroy Cookbook. A former spokesman for Federated Department Stores, she brings cosmopolitan flair to Rainbow Row.

See the Deans at the Library Society before they are launched on the national and international stage!

Thursday 24 April 2014

Lee Woodruff
Trauma and Triumph: What We Can Learn from Military Families

As co-author of the best-selling In an Instant, Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family's journey to recovery following her husband Bob's roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing together on national television and radio since the February 2007 publication of their book, the couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans, as well as the millions of Americans who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction. They have also founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which to date has raised more than $20 million to help veterans successfully reintegrate into their communities and receive critical long-term care.

Woodruff is a contributing reporter for "CBS This Morning" and her best-selling book Perfectly Imperfect—A Life in Progress was followed by her first novel, Those We Love Most, which became a New York Times best-seller and won the Washington Irving Book Award for fiction. She has penned numerous personal articles about her family and parenting that have run in such high-profile magazines as Ladies Home Journal, Real Simple, Redbook, and Parade. She lives in Westchester County, NY, with her husband and four children.

Thursday 1 May 2014

Brys Stephens
Southern Staples in a Global Kitchen

From the pecan trees at his home on Sullivan's Island to summers in Provence at a house on a hillside covered with herbs, Brys Stephens has long been enamored with the world's culinary connections and the influence of place and climate on our food. His love of food and cooking, the South, and a lifelong passion for travel culminate in his newly released first cook book, The New Southern Table, which contains both Stephens's recipes and photographs.

Originally hailing from Birmingham, AL, where in 1997 he apprenticed with award-winning Chef Chris Hastings in the Hot and Hot Fish Club Kitchen, Stephens' passions have taken him all over the world: Paris to work in marketing at an English-language city magazine, Rome and Sicily to study at the Cornell photography program, Wake Forest University to earn a JD/MBA, and Napa to work in public relations for American Premium Beverage and viticulture for Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Today Stephens is an author, food writer, and consultant based in Charleston, with regular bylines in publications like Bon Appétit, Garden and Gun, Charleston City Paper, and Charleston Magazine. He has also founded the food and cooking website, Cookthink.com.

Thursday 8 May 2014

Callie Shell
Political Landscapes: Photographic Paths to the White House

As Time magazine's photographer covering the Kerry campaign in 2004, Callie Shell encountered a new face on the trail: little-known Illinois senator, Barack Obama. His charisma, warmth and humor drew her lens; it didn't hurt that he was standing in much better light than Senator Kerry. Fast forward four years and it was Obama's presidential campaign Shell would be documenting for Time. In so doing Shell produced a series of iconic images that have become part of our collective national memory. One of them won Shell the 2009 World Press Award for picture story of People in the News.

Before joining Time, Shell served the entire eight years of the Clinton/Gore White House as the official photographer for Vice President Al Gore. Prior to that, she was a staff photographer at The Pittsburgh Press, USA Today and the Nashville Tennessean. Shell has exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, the Los Angeles Library, the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh, Pa., Visa pour L'Image in Perpignan, France and the Leica Gallery in New York. She lives on Sullivan's Island with her husband, National Geographic photographer Vincent J. Musi, and their son Hunter.

Thursday 15 May 2014

The Honorable William E. Kennard
Echoes Across the Pond: Europe's Immigration Crisis, the American Civil Rights Movement and Ukraine

Few Americans have the perspective on Europe and the turmoil in Ukraine that Bill Kennard does: from 2009 to 2013 he had unique access on the Continent as the United States' Ambassador to the European Union. In Brussels Ambassador Kennard worked actively to promote transatlantic trade and investment and to eliminate regulatory barriers to commerce, and he was a key force behind President Obama's decision in February 2013 to launch negotiations on the ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which aims to expand trade and investment across the Atlantic.

Before serving in the Obama Administration, Ambassador Kennard spent nine years as a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group and four years as Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. A graduate of Stanford and Yale Law School and the recipient of several honorary degrees, Ambassador Kennard today serves as a Senior Advisor to Grain Management LLC, a private equity firm specializing in the communications sector, and is on the board of directors of MetLife and Duke Energy. Ambassador Kennard recently moved to Charleston with his wife, Deborah Diane Kennedy, and their son Robert.

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