Acclaimed southern storyteller Pat Conroy (1945-2016) is best remembered as the author of a dozen beloved books, including The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, and The Water Is Wide. But Conroy was first and foremost a teacher. Jonathan Haupt, executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, will explore Conroy’s legacy as a teacher and mentor through informative 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profiles of Conroy’s own students at BHS and on Daufuskie Island -- using photos and excerpts from published and unpublished writings by and about Conroy. The presentation will also include an overview of how the nonprofit Conroy Center continues Conroy's legacy of transforming lives through stories.
Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center, South Carolina’s first affiliate of the American Writers Museum, second American Library Association Literary Landmark, and TripAdvisor’s top-ranked destination in Beaufort, South Carolina. Haupt is also the former director of the University of South Carolina Press, where he created the Story River Books fiction imprint with the late Pat Conroy. He serves as an associate producer of the SCETV author interview program By the River and hosts the Live from the Pat Conroy Literary Center monthly podcast on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. Haupt’s book reviews and author interviews have appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier, Savannah Morning News’ Beacon magazine, Lowcountry Weekly, Beaufort Lifestyle, Southern Review of Books, and Southern Writers’ Suite T blog. He is co-editor with Nicole Seitz of the award-winning anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy.
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