Pat Conroy as a Lifelong Learner
“Open yourself up to all experience. Let life pour through you the way light pours through leaves.”—Pat Conroy
The author of The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and The Water Is Wide, author and educator Pat Conroy (1945–2016) is synonymous with the lowcountry. Explore Conroy’s lifelong commitment to education and self-improvement through stories of three of his “post-graduate” mentors. This presentation will also discuss how the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center continues Conroy’s legacy as teacher, mentor, advocate, and friend to readers and writers.
Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press. With Nicole Seitz, he is co-editor of the award-winning anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy. Haupt’s articles, book reviews, and author interviews have appeared in the Charleston Post & Courier, Beaufort Lowcountry Weekly, Beaufort Lifestyle magazine, Pink magazine, Shrimp, Collards & Grits magazine, Fall Lines, Southern Writers magazine’s Suite T blog, and the Conroy Center’s Porch Talk blog. He serves as an associate producer and consultant to the SCETV author interview program By the River, on the board of directors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Friends of South Carolina Libraries.