[image-1]Whether you’re a history buff, a prolific reader, or simply a fan of the most lovable Charleston denizen — we’re looking at you, Joe Riley — the February 9 (FREE) David McCullough public talk at The Citadel is not just for the academic set.

This is the fifth in a series of talks hosted by The Citadel as part of the course, “Old South City, New South Revival,” taught by former mayor and professor Joseph P. Riley Jr. Lauded historian McCullough — a two-time Pulitzer prize winner — discusses his soon-to-be-released 11th tome, The American Spirit, a book “about Americans for all Americans.” The author has culled some of his most important speeches from over the years in this volume, reflecting on the enduring traits of good leadership in our country’s history and encouraging audience self-reflection in this post-election era of national divide.

The 15 classes in the Spring 2017 course are open to the public and include themes like “Ruin and Recovery: Hurricane Hugo and the Re-Making of the American City” and “The Emanuel Massacre and Post-Racial America.” Heavy topics, but ever-so-timely, and with a list of impressive speakers ready to take the podium, there’s no reason not to take a few hours to sit down and expand your mind.

McCullough’s talk is Thursday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Mark Clark Hall on The Citadel campus.

See the full class schedule here.