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November 16 | 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. | For prospective and *current students and parents in rising 7th through 11th grades (both current students and applicants and their parents are encouraged to attend).

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*Current Ashley Hall students and families are welcome to attend by contacting the Admission Office at [email protected].

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An Evening With Author and Ashley Hall Alumna Rossi Anastopoulo ’13
Thursday, November 17
6:00 p.m. | Book Signing and Dessert Tasting
7:00 p.m. | Discussion
Burges Auditorium

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Join Ashley Hall as we celebrate the release of Sweet Land of Liberty: A History of America in 11 Pies by alumna Rossi Anastopoulo ’13. This special evening will include a lively discussion moderated by fellow Ashley Hall alumna and arts contributor for The Post and Courier Maura Hogan ’82 preceded by a dessert tasting (including pie, of course!) and book signing sponsored by Charleston’s Buxton Books 

In Sweet Land of Liberty: A History of America in 11 Pies, Anastopoulo cracks open our relationship to pie with wit and good humor. For centuries pie has been a malleable icon, co-opted for new social and political purposes. Here, she traces the pies woven into our history, following the evolution of our country across centuries of innovation and change. With corresponding recipes for each chapter and sidebars of quirky facts throughout, Sweet Land of Liberty is an entertaining, informative, and utterly charming food history for bakers, dessert lovers, and history aficionados alike.

Listen to Rossi’s recent interview with NPR  

Parking is available in the Smith Street parking lot.

About the Author

Rossi Anastopoulo ’13 is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in TASTESaveurFood52Bon Appetit, and Eaten Magazine. In 2019 she was the recipient of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Award for Narrative Food Writing for her piece on the bean pie and the Nation of Islam. She works as the blog editor for King Arthur Baking Company and is based in Los Angeles.

Early Praise for Sweet Land of Liberty

“Food history is rarely this much fun to read—Rossi Anastopoulo condenses extensive research into a sharp, clever volume that powerfully reframes what it means to call any food ‘American.’ ” —Mayukh Sen, author of Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America

“A well-researched exploration into not only what fills the crust, Sweet Land of Liberty takes the reader on a delve deep into the historical, social, and political significance of pie in America.” —Kate McDermott, James Beard Award-nominated author of Art of the Pie and Pie Camp

As sponsor of this evening’s book signing, we thank you for supporting independent bookstore Buxton Books. We ask that you honor their request to not bring books purchased elsewhere to this event. If you’d like to reserve more than 5 copies, please let them know in advance at [email protected]. Thank you! 


Ashley Hall Performing Arts Department presents
Faculty, Family & Friends Concert
featuring Head of School, Jill Muti
Sunday, April 24 | 2:00 p.m.

Jill Muti

Ashley Hall celebrates the talent of its exceptional faculty and guest artists. This afternoon concert also pays tribute to outgoing Head of School Jill Muti as she takes the stage in her final Ashley Hall performance.

Artists Featured:

Ricard Bordas, countertenor | Faculty
Maggie Cook, soprano | Faculty
Aubrey Goio, cello | Faculty
Julia Harlow, harpsichord | Friend
Flora Nevarez, violin | Faculty
Laura Magnani, piano | Friend
Jill Muti, flute | Head of School

This classical program includes works by Chopin, Corigliano, Poulenc, and Quantz

New Performance Location: 159 Rutledge Avenue, Ashley Hall’s New Performing Arts Building

Reservations are now closed for this concert. Thank you.

There is limited parking at 159 Rutledge Avenue. Best parking availability will be in Ashley Hall’s lot on Ogier Street. 


Ashley Hall Writers Series Presents: Art Critic and Writer, Jed Perl
March 21, 2022 | 6:30 p.m.
Burges Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public.

Ashley Hall’s Writers Series returns this month with an exciting evening with Jed Perl, acclaimed art critic, writer, and author of Authority and Freedom. The event will take place on campus at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, and is free and open for the public to attend.

Perl was the art critic for The New Republic for 20 years and a contributing editor to Vogue for a decade. He is currently a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Over his extraordinary career, Perl has published nine books, including Paris Without End, Antoine’s Alphabet, and New Art City: Manhattan at Mid-Century. His latest book, Authority and Freedom, is already receiving high industry praise.

During his evening on campus, Perl will be reading from his new book, and joined in conversation with Upper School faculty member Dr. Nick Bozanic. “I have come to expect any conversation with Jed to be challenging, insightful, informed by his vast erudition, and leavened by his generosity of spirit and expansive good humor,” says Bozanic. “I imagine our conversation here at Ashley Hall will be no different.”  

Perl will also spend time visiting Ashley Hall classrooms during his time in Charleston. He will meet with AP English students who will be reading a chapter from Authority and Freedom prior to his arrival. They will be primed to ask questions about his working method as well as his point of view on contemporary art. AP Art students are also planned to meet with Perl to learn more about his conception of the “stand alone” value of art rather than its topical or socio-political relevance.

“Jed’s visit will afford students the opportunity to engage with one of the most prominent and – in his field – provocative public intellectuals of our time,” says Bozanic. “He’s an individual who has devoted – and I use that term deliberately – his life to investigating fundamental questions about the nature of art, its vital role in human affairs, the ways it can be used and abused for personal profit and propaganda, and the many ways in which art, properly understood, nourishes our lives as surely and as vitally as the food we eat in order to survive.”

Praise for Perl’s latest book, Authority and Freedom:

“Jed’s book is a great and beautiful essay. It is great because it addresses a larger topic even than it claims to do….and he does so with an argument that is intended to address not just our moment, but the whole of the modern era in the arts. He does it effortlessly, too, and with a conversational air, a man at ease among the millennia, now in conversation with the Egyptian tomb painters, now with Aretha Franklin. Yes, a great and beautiful essay.” – Paul Berman, author of The Flight of the Intellectuals and Power and the Idealists

Jed Perl reminds us of Auden’s famous dictum that ‘poetry makes nothing happen.’ Like Auden, Perl wants to argue that art fettered by a concern for ‘relevance,’ art that aims to be politically correct, is shrunken compared to art that is allowed a critical measure of ‘freedom’—that is, art in its imaginative essence.” – John McWhorter, a New York Times Columnist and Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University

“Taking his turn in the long, long chronicle of art criticism, Perl stands today as our generation’s most masterly re-maker of genius.” – Cynthia Ozick, novelist and critic whose many works include Antiquities and The Puttermesser Papers

“A thoughtful meditation on the transcendence of art.” Kirkus Review

Books will be available for purchase from Blue Bicycle Books.

Please note: Parking is available in the Smith Street parking lot. Please enter campus through Smith Street gate and you will be directed to Burges Auditorium. 

Ashley Hall Performing Arts Department presents
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Thursday, March 17 | 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 18 | 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adults | $8 students

The storied tale of a shipwreck and the sorcery that ensues will be performed in the evening alfresco. Students performing Shakespeare at the Bear Cave is a tradition that dates back to the early days of Ashley Hall.


Looking for your next great read? As a part of Ashley Hall’s Lifelong Learning Series, faculty members are hosting an in-person book discussion on The Island of Sea Women on March 9, and we’re excited to invite current parents to join us. The event will be held on campus in the McBee Drawing Room.

The Island of Sea Women is based on the lives of the Jeju Haenyeo, Korean women divers who harvest resources from the sea working in all-female collectives,” explains Assistant Head for Academic Affairs and discussion leader Carolyn Newton.

Written by New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, this book was chosen to specifically align with what’s happening on campus this year. As we celebrate the second half of our Year of Water, students are continuing to learn about global and local water conservation and protection. Water serves as an integral part of The Island of Sea Women, and it’s a great way to join in on the conversation.

“The Haenyeo are still diving today, carrying on the traditions, but they have embraced aspects of more modern technology,” says Newton. “The themes of the book are about how this culture has adapted to the resources of this location and how the women respond to the pressures in their lives, from being wives, mothers, friends, members of the collectives, and the breadwinners for their families, all set against the backdrop of how outside forces reshaped Korea in the 20th century.”

In our book discussion, we’ll dive into micro issues, including how women navigate personal relationships while also serving their communities, as well as macro issues of what it means to protect your culture and values in the face of competing global forces, explains Newton.

To join the book discussion, purchase a copy of the book and RSVP here:

Here’s what others are saying about the book:

Lisa See excels at mining the intersection of family, friendship, and history, and in her newest novel, she reaches new depths exploring the matrifocal haenyeo society in Korea, caught between tradition and modernization. This novel spans wars and generations, but at its heart is a beautifully rendered story of two women whose individual choices become inextricably tangled.” – Jodi Picoult, author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things

I was spellbound the moment I entered the vivid and little-known world of the diving women of Jeju. Set amid sweeping historical events, The Island of Sea Women is the extraordinary story of Young-sook and Mi-ja, of women’s daring, heartbreak, strength, and forgiveness. No one writes about female friendship, the dark and the light of it, with more insight and depth than Lisa See.” – Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings

“Compelling, heart-wrenching, and beautifully written, The Island of Sea Women will plunge you into a world and a story you’ve never read before and remind you how powerful women can and must be to survive.” –Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone

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