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Center for Creative Retirement

Winter/Spring 2014 Program

The Center for Creative Retirement (CCR) is made up of a diverse group of seniors – some retired, some about to retire – for whom education is a life long adventure to be shared with enthusiastic and often new friends. It's a self-governing group which depends upon active involvement of its members for progra ideas and modest financial support.

Members, who are considered non-credit students at the College of Charleston, are eligible for:
  • Weekly meetings from September through May
  • Smaller in-depth study groups
  • Some off-site meetings
  • Access to the College of Charleston Library
  • College of Charleston CCR ID
  • CCR newsletters
  • Field trips to historical and cultural sites

For further information on the program:

David Barnard (President)
Phone: 843.216.6640

For information on registration

Bronwyn Barron
Phone: 843.760.5862

Checks may be mailed to:

Center for Creative Retirement
College of Charleston North Campus
5300 International Boulevard
North Charleston, SC 29418

or you can sign up at the first meeting that you attend.

Membership dues

September 2013 - May 2014 : $50.00
September 2013 - December 2013 : $30.00

CCR Tuesdays Meeting Location

St. Joseph's Family Center
1695 Raoul Wallenberg Boulevard
Charleston, South Carolina 29407
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Meet at various venues
Members - $10.00
Non-CCR Members - $20.00

CCR Program Winter/Spring 2014

January 7 Board Meeting

  • 1:00pm: Stories Behind She-Crab Soup and Other
    Little Known Wonders of the Holy City Michael Coker, Charleston Author
  • 2:30pm: MUSC Study of Age-Related Hearing Loss
    Lois J. Matthews, Instr., Audiology Research

January 14

  • 1:00pm: Bottlenose Dolphins and Human Health
    Brian Balmer, Scientist, Hollings Marine Lab.
  • 2:30pm: Corruption in SC Government: Do You Care?
    Barbara Zia, League of Women Voters

January 21

  • 1:00pm: Middleton Barbados Connection
    Tracey Todd, VP of Museums, Middleton Found.
  • 2:30pm: Global Warming
    Pete Silveston, SC Solar Council

January 28

  • 1:00pm: Therapy Dogs in the Community
    Caroline Hunt, Trainer of Therapy Dogs
  • 2:30pm: Future of Print Media
    William Hawkins,
    Post & Courier Editor/Publisher, Retired

February 4 Board Meeting

  • 1:00pm: Marketing Charleston to the World
    Helen Hill, Exec. Director, CHS Convention
    And Visitors Bureau
  • 2:30pm: Louis XIV at Vaux-le-Vicomte in 1661:
    The World’s Most Disastrous Party for
    The World’s Most Illustrious Guest
    Maxwell Mowry, CCR Member

February 11

  • 1:00pm: Golden Age of Piracy: Stede Bonnet
    Chris Downey, Charleston Author
  • 2:30pm: Vets on Deck: PTSD Sailing Therapy
    Ron Acierno, Prof. Psych, MUSC

February 18

  • 1:00pm: A Genetic Perspective on Biotechnology
    Dwight Meyer, CCR Member
  • 2:30pm: Violence and Mental Illness: You Can
    Believe All You Hear, Read and See
    Deborah Blalock, Executive Director,
    Charleston/Dorchester Mental Health

February 25

  • 1:00pm: St. Petersburg to Moscow by Boat - Then Kiev
    Marlene Ward, CCR Member
  • 2:30pm: The Nostalgia of Model Trains
    Richard Ketcham, CHS Model Railroad Club

March 4: Board Meeting

  • 1:00pm: Eudora Welty’s Gardening Letters
    Julia Eichelberger, Prof. Eng., College of Charleston
  • 2:30pm: Development in Charleston:
    Opportunities and Challenges
    Jonathan Oakman, Director of Business Services,
    City of Charleston

March 11

  • 1:00pm: Essential Wellness 101
    Tom Hepp, Independent Consultant
  • 2:30pm: International Terrorism
    Mary Desjeans, Former CIA, Now Adjunct
    Prof. Political Science, College of Charleston

March 18

  • 1:00pm: Opportunities Behind our Lowcountry
    Hurricane Risk
    Darryl Ferguson, Researcher of Hurricane Risk
  • 2:30pm: Scams in the Digital Age
    Juliana Harris, Communications Dir.,
    SC Dept. of Consumer Affairs

March 25

  • 1:00pm: Historical Wetland Change in Winyah Bay
    Thomas M. Williams, Prof. Emeritus, Clemson
  • 2:30pm: Using Dreams for Change
    Betsy Grund, Owner, Dream Integrity

April 1 Board Meeting

  • 1:00pm: Chinese Fathers and Their Sons
    Keith Knapp, Prof. East Asian History,
    The Citadel
  • 2:30pm: Cults of Lost Causes: Medieval Japan and
    The American Civil War
    Katharine Purcell, Dir. International Education
    Office, Trident Tech.

April 8

  • 1:00pm: Creating Kiln-Worked Glass
    Mike Hiester, Owner, Blue Heron Glass
  • 2:30pm: What You Didn’t Know About Boon Hall
    Spokesperson, Boon Hall

April 15

  • 1:00pm: Our Political Climate
    Brian Hicks, Post & Courier Columnist
  • 2:30pm: Hampstead Village: Forgotten History of
    Charleston Eastside Neighborhood
    Christina Butler, Prof. Hist., College of Charleston

April 22

  • 1:00pm: Duel of the Heart, A Novel Based on the Life of
    Theodosia Burr Alston
    Rose Tomlin, Author
  • 2:30pm: Taking Better Pictures
    Tom Spain, Photo Editor, Post & Courier

April 29

  • 1:00pm: The US Army Corps of Engineers
    We Do Dredging…and a Whole Lot More
    Spokesperson, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • 2:30pm: Music and Meaning II
    Lorna Barker, Music Director, Christ Church,
    Mt. Pleasant

May 6: Board Meeting

Luncheon, Business Meeting