Author-filmmaker Sebastian Juger to visit Charleston

Author and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger will visit Charleston Nov. 13 for a moderated afternoon Q&A session with local students and a public keynote address that evening.

Hosted by the College of Charleston Friends of the Library, the first event, scheduled for 4 p.m. in Rivers Green (behind Addlestone Library) caters only to students from the College, The Citadel and the Medical University.

The evening program, which begins at 6 p.m. with a reception for sponsors and VIP guests, followed by a 7 p.m. address, is open to approximately 450 ticketholders.

Tickets for the VIP reception and keynote address are $125; tickets for the keynote address only are $45. They can be purchased online at http://junger.cofc.edu/.

Junger is the author of “The Perfect Storm,” his bestselling account of the doomed last voyage of a Massachusetts-based fishing ship, the Andrea Gail. In the years following its 1997 publication, Junger pursued assignments for Vanity Fair and ABC News, turning his attention to U.S. involvement in overseas conflicts.

During the bloodiest period of war in Afghanistan, Junger embedded with a U.S. Army platoon in the remote and dangerous Korengal Valley.

That experience resulted in the 2010 documentary film “Restrepo,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2011, Junger also published the bestselling book “War,” based on his experience in the trenches.

Junger’s newest project, which recently debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and now is presented as an HBO Documentary, is a feature-length portrait of the late photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed in 2011 while covering the civil war in Libya. The film is called “Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington.”

All proceeds from “An Evening with Sebastian Junger” will go toward establishing the first scholarship specifically for veteran students at the College of Charleston.

The Friends of the Library have organized other events in conjunction with Junger’s visit.

“Shooter: A Photo Exhibit by Combat Photographer Stacy Pearsall” will be on display through Nov. 15 on the second floor of Addlestone Library.

“Restrepo” will be screened Sept. 25 at the American Theater, 476 King St.

“Which Way is the Front Line From Here?” will be screened at the American Theater 6 p.m. Oct. 23.

For more information, visit fol.cofc.edu.

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