Spotlight: Marion Conlin

Marion Conlin

“Seek not to be understood, but to understand”

Marion Conlin, author, chef, educator, and resident of Hilton Head Island for two decades, has played a vital role in the creation and development of the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head. A twice-elected Director and Program Chair, Ms. Conlin has been instrumental in the development of the Friday Morning Speaker’s program as well as providing strategic guidance to this unique institution.

Ms. Conlin spent most of her professional life in the culinary arts, teaching and developing award-winning cookbooks. However, after September 11, 2001, she expanded her focus to the study of foreign policy and international relations. Conlin implemented a series of seminars for the Lifelong Learning Exchange (now Olli or Osher) at the University of South Carolina Beaufort that included “Understanding the Middle East”, “Transforming the U.S. Military”, and “Defining U.S. Foreign Policy Strategy in the 21st Century.”

In 2003, Ms. Conlin became a member of the Foreign Affairs Seminar of Hilton Head which subsequently became affiliated with the World Affairs Council of America. In 2004 she was elected to her first 5-year term on the Board of Directors during which time she also served as Secretary of the Board.

With Marian Mukerji, Marion co-edited Dhan Mukerji’s book of foreign policy lectures, published in 2008 as The Turbulent Years. Book sales were used to support WACHH’s initial educational outreach programs.

Following a 2-year hiatus from the Board of Directors (2009-2011) Ms. Conlin was re-elected to the Board for a 3-year term. During that time she served as Chair of the Program Committee for 2-years. Most recently she served as Chair of WACHH’s Evening Speaker Series aimed primarily at lowcountry professionals who are not able to attend the Friday morning speaker events.

Having studied with U.S. teachers, as well as attending the Cordon Bleu in Paris and Classical Italian Cooking in Bologna, Marion Conlin’s Cooking School cookbook was published in 1972 as a companion to her Minneapolis cooking school. Upon arrival on Hilton Head Island, Ms. Conlin began teaching cooking in the Creative Retirement Center. In 1999, she co-edited a compilation of island recipes which were published as the award winning cookbook: Yuletide on Hilton Head. More than 10,000 copies were sold to benefit United Way of Beaufort County.

Photo: Hilton Head Monthly, W Photography

Published May 15, 2016

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