The Citadel Candlelight Christmas Concert

Presentation by the Republic of Georgia’s Ambassador to the United States

Ambassador Davit Bakradze

6:45 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1
Bond Hall, Room 165
Free and open to the public

David Bakradze, the Georgian Ambassador to the U.S., will have an open discussion with students, faculty and staff of The Citadel, the College of Charleston and members of the Charleston community during a visit to The Citadel campus on Thursday, Nov. 1. 

The discussion, “The New Cold War: Democracy v. Authoritarianism in the Post-Soviet Era,” is free and open to the public.

Bakradze will invite the audience to weigh in on questions such as, “How serious is the threat posed by resurgent authoritarianism across the globe?” and “What must the world’s democracies do to compete successfully in the years ahead?” 

Before he was the Ambassador to the U.S., Bakradze served as Georgia’s Ambassador to Greece, Counselor of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations and State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.

His visit is sponsored by the International Politics and Military Affairs and Intelligence and Security Studies programs in The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Citadel professor of history and author of new textbook, Keith Knapp, to present at College of Charleston

5:10 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1
Education Center 116, College of Charleston
Free and open to the public

Keith Knapp, Ph.D., professor in The Citadel Department of History, will discuss violence in medieval Chinese tales during a presentation on Thursday, Nov. 1 on the College of Charleston campus. The presentation, “Filial Murderers: The Inescapability of Violence in Medieval Chinese Tales of Filial Revenge,” is free and open to the public.

Knapp is one of the co-editors of the recently published Early Medieval Chinese Texts: A Bibliographic Guide. He is also the author of Selfless Offspring: Filial Children and Social Order in Medieval China, and together with Albert Dien, he is editing the Cambridge History of China: Volume Two, The Six Dynasties 220-581. Additionally, Knapp is finishing a manuscript entitled “The Lives of Filial Children: A Study of Two Medieval Chinese Manuscripts Preserved in Kyoto.”

The presentation is sponsored by the College of Charleston Asian Studies Program.

The Citadel Symposium on American Leaders and Leadership in World War I

8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Bond Hall, Room 165
Free and open to the public

Experts and scholars on World War I will give presentations and join a panel discussion during The Citadel Symposium on American Leaders and Leadership in World War I Saturday, Nov. 3.

The all-day symposium will feature Edward Lengel, scholar and author; Richard Faulkner, professor in the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; Herbert Frandsen, professor emeritus at the Air War College; Lawrence Sondhaus, professor in the Department of History and Political Science at the University of Indianapolis; and Matt Davenport, scholar and author.

The event is sponsored by The Citadel Department of History, Daniel Library, and The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. To view the full symposium schedule, please view the Symposium Itinerary webpage.

Bulldog Business Bowl announces semi-finalists

5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 5

The Citadel Bulldog Business Bowl will announce semi-finalists in its first round of competition on Monday, Nov. 5. The announcement will be listed on the Bulldog Business Bowl webpage.

Up to eight teams will be selected for the semi-finals based on business ideas they submitted in October.

Semi-finalists will present an elevator pitch to a panel of judges to move on to the final round of competition. The winning team will receive $10,000 and the second-place team $5,000 to start their businesses.

The Bulldog Business Bowl, hosted by the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, is a competition aimed at budding Citadel entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new product or service and the desire to turn that idea into a business.

Keynote presentation by Professor Scott Buchanan

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9
Savannah, Georgia
Registration required

Scott Buchanan, Ph.D., professor in The Citadel Department of Political Science and executive director of The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics, will be the keynote speaker of the Georgia Political Science Association’s fall conference on Friday, Nov. 9 in Savannah, Georgia.

The annual conference brings together political science practitioners and educators in Georgia and is one of the largest state associations in the nation.

Registration for the conference is $90 for faculty and non-students, $45 for retirees and $25 for graduate and undergraduate students. To register, or for more information, please visit the Georgia Political Science Association Fall Conference webpage.

Lecture and book signing with John Warley

5:45 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9
Daniel Library
Free and open to the public

The Friends of the Daniel Library will present a lecture with John Warley on Friday, Nov. 9. Warley is a graduate of The Citadel Class of 1967 and the author of Stand Forever, Yielding Never: The Citadel in the 21st Century. A reception and book signing will immediately follow his lecture.

The event is part of the Friends of the Daniel Library’s fall lecture series. Books will be available for purchase during the event.

Homecoming 2018

Citadel Football EntranceFriday, Nov. 9 – Sunday, Nov. 11
The Citadel campus
Tickets required to some events

Graduates are welcomed back to The Citadel for an action-packed Homecoming 2018 weekend. Beginning Friday, Nov. 9, the college will host various festivities including alumni receptions and a football game against Samford. Religious services including Catholic mass and a general protestant service at Summerall Chapel will close out the weekend.

To view the complete schedule of events, please visit the Homecoming Weekend 2018 webpage.

100th anniversary commemoration of World War I

11 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11
The Citadel War Memorial
Free and open to the public

A ceremony honoring Citadel alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country during World War I will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11 at The Citadel War Memorial. The commemoration will take place after the general protestant service at Summerall Chapel.

The ceremony will include readings by members of The Citadel Military Living History Society as well as a benediction by Chaplain Joe Molina.

Muhammad Fraser-Rahim speaks at 9/11 Memorial Museum

7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13
9/11 Memorial Museum
Ticket required

While groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda have lost ground in the Middle East, terrorist attacks and extremist ideologies have spread across many African nations.

Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, executive director of Quilliam and assistant professor in The Citadel Department of Intelligence and Security Studies, will join Katherine Zimmerman, research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and research manager for AEI’s Critical Threats Project, to discuss terrorism threats in Africa.

The presentation, “Africa and the Expanding Front of Violent Extremism,” will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. To purchase a ticket for the presentation, please visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum event webpage.

Bulldog Business Bowl teams present elevator pitches

4 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 5
Bond Hall, Room 165
Free and open to the public

The Citadel Bulldog Business Bowl semi-finalists will present elevator pitches in the second round of competition on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The pitches will include a brief summary presentation of the teams’ business ideas as well as a Q&A session with a panel of judges.

Based on the presentations, five finalist teams will be selected. The finalists will be announced on the Bulldog Business Bowl website on Friday, Dec. 7.   

The Bulldog Business Bowl, hosted by the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, is a competition aimed at budding Citadel entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new product or service and the desire to turn that idea into a business. The winning team of the competition will receive $10,000 and the second-place team $5,000 to start their businesses.

81st annual Christmas Candlelight Service at The Citadel

7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30 – Sunday, Dec. 2
Summerall Chapel
Free and open to the public

One of Charleston’s longest and most memorable holiday traditions is the Christmas Candlelight Service at The Citadel’s historic Summerall Chapel. Cadets from the Protestant, Catholic and Gospel Choirs, along with the Cadet Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band join together to create an unforgettable Christmas celebration.

The 2018 services will take place Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. with prelude music by The Citadel Brass Ensemble beginning at 7 p.m.

Part of the grandeur of the celebration includes the poinsettias that cover the front of the chapel, provided by the community to honor a loved one.

Poinsettias may be purchased for $12 each. To place an order, call Geri Jones, chapel administrative assistant, at 843-953-5049. Orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 16.

The Citadel Archives and Museum website launches

The Citadel Archives and Museums is launching its new website featuring selectively digitized and transcribed materials from the college’s collections. Institutional records, letters, diaries, photographs and artifacts will be available to view and read about on the new site.

Early collections from the antebellum period and the Civil War as well as collections for The Citadel Class of 1968 are currently available to view, and additional collections will be added over time.

To view the new site, please visit The Citadel Archives and Museums webpage.

Important dates ahead

Thanksgiving Furlough: Nov. 16-25
Winter Furlough: Dec. 13-Jan. 6

November feature from The Citadel Experts Guide

The Citadel Experts Guide is a resource for journalists, researchers, K-12 teachers and community organizations looking for professors and staff who are leading influencers in their fields of interest. An expert is introduced in each edition of Upcoming News from The Citadel.

Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim

Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in The Citadel Department of Intelligence and Security Studies and executive director of Quilliam. He is an expert on violent extremism issues both domestically and overseas with areas of specialty on transnational terrorist movements, counterterrorism, Islamic intellectual history, Islam in America, contemporary theology in the Muslim world and African affairs. Fraser-Rahim has conducted research in more than 40 countries on the African continent and has worked and studied throughout the Middle East.

Fraser-Rahim’s newest project, Enslaved and Freed African Muslims: Spiritual Wayfarers In the South and Lowcountry, is now live, as part of the collaborative Lowcountry Digital History Initiative.

Prior to his current role, he served as a senior program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace where he lead their Horn of Africa Programs and served as an expert on preventing/countering violent extremism issues at the institute. He also worked for the Department of Homeland Security, Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center for more than a decade. In his role, he provided strategic advice and executive branch analytical support on countering violent extremism issues to the White House and the National Security Council.

Fraser-Rahim is the author of numerous policy reports, op-eds and journal articles and is a frequently sought media contributor with contributions made on on MSNBC, CNN, Al Arabiyya, Al Jazeera, Fox News, BBC, France 24 and NPR.

He completed his Ph.D. in African Studies with a focus on Islamic Thought, Spirituality and Modernity Issues at Howard University. He also received his master’s degree at Howard University and his bachelor’s degree at the College of Charleston.