Open to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members and requiring advance registration through the OLLI website (https://olli.uscb.edu/), this two-part course explores best-selling author Pat Conroy’s reverence for the art of teaching and his own legacy as a teacher through profiles of representative teachers from Conroy’s formative years as a student at Beaufort High School and through profiles of Conroy’s own students at BHS and on Daufuskie Island. Using photos, video and audio clips, and excerpts from published and unpublished writings by and about Conroy, the class will broaden our appreciation for the beloved writer’s great love of teaching and of his adopted home in the lowcountry.
Participants will also visit the Pat Conroy Literary Center, a nonprofit institution that continues Conroy’s legacy as a mentor to writers and readers, during a second session with dates to be arranged among smaller groups by the instructor. This follow-up tour will be scheduled by the instructor at the September 26 class meeting.
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About our Presenter:
Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the founding director of the Pat Conroy Literary Festival, and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press, where he created the Story River Books fiction imprint in partnership with Pat Conroy. He serves on the boards of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, the Deckle Edge Literary Festival, and the Friends of South Carolina Libraries.
Note: An abbreviated version of this presentation will also be offered later in the fall as a community event in partnership with the Beaufort County Library System.