The annual service featuring the University Choir is one of Sewanee’s most cherished traditions. Because the global pandemic makes it impossible to gather this year in All Saints’ Chapel, this 40-minute digital version captures the spirit of the traditional service and shares some of the ways the university and its students successfully faced the challenges of a socially distanced semester.
Candice Delmas will present her central reasons for thinking that in the face of injustice, ordinary citizens have a moral obligation to resist injustice though acts of principled disobedience which are both civil and uncivil. Delmas is associate professor of philosophy and political science at Northeastern University, and is the associate director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program. She is the author of The Duty to Resist: When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil. (Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash)
DanceWise: Sensational is a dance concert produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance, with artistic direction by Associate Professor of Dance Courtney World. Student performances are featured in choreography by students, faculty, and guest choreographer Aaron Allen Jr. Sewanee students and employees only (maximum 35) in the theater; reservations required.
The Sewanee Debate Union meets to debate the proposition, "This House Believes the United States Should Act as the Predominant World Leader."
Speakers in Proposition: Reuben Brigety, vice-chancellor; Alexa Fults, C'21; Ben Shipp, C'22. Speakers in Opposition: Scott Wilson, assistant provost for global and strategic partnerships; Jared Williams, C'21; Kate Cheever, C'23. Audience members may watch remotely or reserve one of the limited seats in Convocation Hall. Both in-person and virtual audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions to the speakers. (Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash)
All are invited to this musical presentation of the music and songs of the labor movement and the IWW (Wobblies) in the early 20th century. Joe Hill was a songwriter and activist who was the precursor of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and others. This acclaimed multimedia show consists of historic images, live music, and storytelling, followed by an audience discussion. Sponsored by a grant from Tennessee Arts Commission.
In today’s polarized environment, political conversations often turn angry and counterproductive. Join Braver Angels for a virtual workshop focused on Skills for Bridging the Divide, which will help us to listen and understand without arguing, build trust, clarify disagreements, and find common ground. Sign up in advance to receive a required short, interactive introduction to key concepts prior to the workshop. All are welcome: students, faculty, staff, and community members of all political identities! Hosted by the Dialogue Across Difference and Sewanee Votes! Programs of the Office of Civic Engagement.
The American Shakespeare Company, a vibrant and diverse group of actors hailing from Staunton, Virginia, will be on campus virtually this semester. On Oct. 16, a performance of Twelfth Night will be livestreamed to an audience at home or seated in Guerry Auditorium (limit 50). It will begin with live (streamed) music at 6:15, followed by the 6:30 p.m. performance from the Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton. A talk-back with the actors will follow about what it is to play Shakespeare in a time of pandemic.
Theatre Sewanee presents Moliere's farce, Scapin, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14-17, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 18. The play—with scenes of comic deception and horseplay—involves the crafty Scapin, who promises to help two young men who have fallen in love with girls of unknown family identities. Audience size limited; reservations required.
The Sewanee Theatre Department presents a radio play written and directed by Dakota Collins, starring Emma Miller, Tristan Ketcham, and Jackson Harwell. Join us for the livestream premiere on YouTube on October 8. Submit your email here to get a link.
At the 30-year anniversary of German unity, Sewanee's events focus on the topic of “Immigration and Integration.” Schuster-Craig (Michigan State) will join us via Zoom and will introduce recent events and demonstrations in Germany. The interactive workshop will challenge us to engage with samples of media coverage, sharpening our media literacy as we investigate the underlying agendas of the specific media outlets and their commenters. Part of German Campus Weeks 2020, a series of events sponsored by a grant from the embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Sign up to attend in one of the campus spaces; also available via Zoom.
In an event similar to many of the harvest festivals traditionally celebrated in many parts of Asia, the campus community will gather to enjoy the full moon, mooncakes, and other treats.
The University Art Gallery presents This is Where I Live, a participatory photography project led by internationally acclaimed photographer Wendy Ewald. By means of a collection of approximately 400 photographs, This is Where I Live represents experiences and lives from 14 distinct communities in Israel and the West Bank. The webinar is part of the remote content for the exhibition, which will include exhibition spotlights, community slideshows, guest lectures, and more. Find the Zoom link on the UAG website.
Seniors Victoria Kunesch and Bailey Morrison present a program of vocal music about the long path to self-discovery. In partnership with the UWC and CAPS, the performance—from spirituals to musical theater to pop—is a musical journey in search of home, both in the world and within ourselves. With Dr. Zachary Zwahlen, piano. Online through Engage or Music at Sewanee Facebook event.
The Sewanee Student Theatre Board presents Lo Stronzo (translation: The “#%@*^#!”), a student-written, student-directed performance in the commedia dell’arte tradition. Slapstick, masks, double entendres, schemes, and disguises all culminate in a night of laughs. Audience is limited to 35 people. You must reserve a spot (Eventbrite) to attend. Wear your mask and bring a camping chair or blanket. Two nights: Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
A community-wide dialogue with organic farmer, public intellectual, and community organizer Anthony Flaccavento. All members of the campus and the larger Sewanee and regional communities are invited to participate. Part of an ongoing forum on local and global food system challenges and solutions presented by the Office of Civic Engagement, the Integrated Program in the Environment, OESS, and the SE Tennessee Young Farmers.
Sewanee’s annual residency with the American Shakespeare Center continues with two performances and 10 classroom workshops this fall all live from Blackfriars Playhouse. This week: Othello. If truth has lost its meaning, how long can love survive? Evil is everywhere in Shakespeare’s great tragedy of racism and jealousy. A talkback with the actors from Othello centered around the themes of race and gender will follow. Attendance in person limited to 100. A link to the live performance is available for those who cannot be in the Quad.
An interfaith candlelight vigil will honor the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In-person attendance limited to 50; the service will be streamed and overflow spaces will be available.
Minnijean Brown Trickey is one of the nine African American students who desegregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957, with protection from federal troops. She has been a teacher and advocate, served in the Clinton Administration, and was the Shipley Visiting Writer for Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University. Professional speaker and playwright Spirit Tawfiq is the founder of Roots of the Spirit, an organization created to uproot racism through storytelling, education, and the arts.
Elizabeth Outka, a former member of the Sewanee English Department and now a professor of English at the University of Richmond, will give a talk on Thursday, Sept. 10. “What Rough Beast? Rethinking Modernism through a Pandemic Lens” will draw on the W.B. Yeats poem “The Second Coming” to showcase the surprising ways interwar literature encoded the conditions of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic. (Yeats photo: Chicago History Museum)
Join Coach Travis Rundle, Loring McDonald (Sewanee Votes/OCE), and Tija Odoms and Klarke Stricklen (Sewanee NAACP) for a panel discussion about creative resources Sewanee offers to help connect students to voting. Small groups will discuss what is motivating each of us to vote this fall. Bring your questions and make sure you're ready to vote in November! Sign up here for the link.
The final dialogue of the semester hosted by the Let's Talk Campaign will be about the environment and the way it impacts mental health. The dialogue will take place virtually on Zoom at 4 p.m. (CDT) Wednesday, April 22. All are welcome—students, faculty, staff, and community members. Sign up using this link.
Sewanee has been celebrating Earth Month with news and virtual events taking place all during April, including an online art gallery, webinars, and daily tips for caring for the environment.
We have a strong (and growing!) local food system in the South Cumberland area, and many of our local farms are run by women. Join us for a (virtual) conversation with some of the women who are feeding our community: Carolyn Hoagland (University Farm), Jessica Wilson (Intown Organics and Summerfields), and Caroline Thompson (Sewanee Dining and the South Cumberland Food Hub) will discuss their roles in our local food system, how gender affects their roles, and how the farming community has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Dialogue Across Difference Program offers virtual dialogues: Community in the Time of COVID-19. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join two virtual dialogues April 14 and 16 focused on creating community even as we are apart. These facilitated dialogues offer a chance to share stories and reflect on ways to make meaning in this difficult time. Sign-up here for one or both and receive a Zoom link the day of the dialogue. Email Cassie Meyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mandy Tu (email@example.com) with questions.
The Sewanee Career Center, Babson Center for Global Commerce, and Bairnwick Women’s Center present a panel discussion with alumnae in business. Sandy Baird, C'76, dental consultant, coach, and speaker; Erin Cassell, C'98, insight and analytics consultant, Campus Labs; Libby Malinowski, C'17, account executive, Bohan Advertising; Brittany McCall, C'10, senior producer, World 50; and Thabo Mubukwanu, C'15, consultant, Guidehouse LLP, will participate.
The Sewanee chapter of NAACP and the 213-A Leaders Program will host a screening of "Just Mercy," a recent film adaptation of Bryan Stevenson’s memoir "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption." The following day, a panel will be in conversation about the themes explored in the movie and memoir. "Just Mercy" has been the University’s common book for the last two years.
Joelle Phillips, president of AT&T Tennessee, will be the Babson Center’s 2020 Graham Executive-in-Residence. Employing her rich liberal arts experience as a theatre major, Phillips easily navigates her many roles in a constantly evolving industry with studious curiosity and exploration. Join us to hear about the importance of continuous learning to overcome challenges.
Join students, faculty, staff, and community members to watch and discuss the next 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate. DebateWatch events are an interactive way for attendees to hear what candidates have to say and form their own opinions—no talking heads or commentators. Following the debate, Professor Sean O'Rourke will moderate a discussion. All are welcome, regardless of political affiliation.
Some form of Carnival is celebrated all over the world, combining Christianity with pagan traditions indigenous to each region. This celebration goes by many names: Mardi Gras, Maslenitsa in Russia, Carnaval in Latin America, and Fasching in Germany, to name only a few. A progressive festival will start at the Russian House and continue on to the Spanish, German, and Italian Houses, before ending at the French House. Wear a fun costume and join in the food and fun! (Photo by Pascal Bernardon on Unsplash)
Kerry Ginger, mezzo soprano, and Zachary Zwahlen, piano, present an evening of vocal music. The program, Voice of Woman, features dynamic contemporary works by women that explore the power of the female voice—in song, in creating art, and in the broader cultural conversation.
The American Shakespeare Center returns to Sewanee in February for its annual campus residency. Thursday evening, Feb. 6, will feature the production of A Midsummer Night's Dream; Saturday evening, Feb. 8, will feature Imogen (ASC’s specially retitled Cymbeline). The celebration each night starts before the show when the actors perform live, unplugged music. While on campus, the troupe also will give a special performance for local school students and will engage with Sewanee students in theater workshops.
PUBLIQuartet is a New York City-based string quartet whose genre-bending programs range from 20th-century masterworks to newly commissioned pieces, alongside re-imaginations of classical works featuring improvisations that expand the idea of a traditional string quartet. PUBLIQuartet’s Grammy-nominated new album, Freedom and Faith, features artists whose music represents resilience, resistance, and subversion; all of them also happen to be women. Composers including Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Jessica Meyer, and Hildegard Von Bingen highlight the diversity and legacy of women in music over the last millennium.
Highlander Libraries is on view through April 8 in the University Art Gallery. This community-oriented project transforms the UAG to recall the Highlander Research and Education Center’s original library—a renowned meeting place for people working towards social, economic, and environmental justice—as it existed (as the Highlander Folk School) in nearby Summerfield from 1932 to 1961. Artist and project leader Greg Pond, and co-executive directors of the Highlander Research and Education Center, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele, will speak about creative practice and social change. A reception will follow.
The University’s Winter Convocation will be held Friday, Jan. 17, to mark the opening of the spring semester. Honorary degrees will be presented—including to three distinguished alumni—and new members will be inducted into the Order of the Gown. The Rt. Rev. Phoebe Roaf, bishop of the Diocese of Western Tennessee, will give the Convocation address. Convocation will be streamed live for those who are unable to attend.
This fast-paced weekend (Jan. 10-11) for juniors and seniors features alumni and parents from a variety of career fields and areas of the country. It includes networking opportunities, resume reviews and practice interviews, business dining etiquette, career-specific panel discussions, and advice on life and work after Sewanee. This year's keynote speaker is Kristen Morrissey Theide, C’98, CEO of First Step Project.
The Department of Theatre and Dance produces the seventh annual performance of DanceWise under the artistic direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Courtney World. This dance concert will feature performances by 19 Sewanee students, as well as choreographic premieres by World and six student choreographers. DanceWise: Backwards in High Heels is a celebration of women through dance, in conjunction with the celebration of 50 years of women at Sewanee. “Sure [Fred Astaire] was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did … backwards and in high heels.” – Bob Thaves. Multiple weekend performances.
Dr. Sybil Hampton, a lifelong proponent of social justice and education, was part of the second group of students to integrate Arkansas’s Central High School following the historic Little Rock Nine. Hampton later became the president of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in Little Rock, a 2002 recipient of the National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award, and (numerous times) one of Arkansas Business’ Top 100 Women in Arkansas. Following her talk, eight students enrolled this semester in the Philanthropy Internship will present $30,000 in grants to community partners.
Sarah W.H. Owings, C'03, is an immigration attorney in Atlanta who represents foreign nationals in removal proceedings before the U.S. Immigration courts, helping them to seek relief from deportation. She also works to promote sensible immigration policy reforms while advocating for the rights of migrants in detention and at the U.S. border. Owings will speak about immigration as an issue affecting women, especially given recent restrictions on asylum for domestic abuse, and she will address the fact that immigration law is a majority female field.
The University Art Gallery presents Allegiance, a quiet and intimate exhibition of complex and beautiful woven textiles by Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens, Oct. 25 - Dec. 13. Brackens was awarded the 2018 Joyce Alexander Wein Prize, an award honoring individual African American artists who demonstrate great innovation, promise and creativity. He will be on campus to speak about his work.
Historian Margaret Marsh will present the 20th annual Anita S. Goodstein Lecture in Women’s History. Her lecture, “Beyond Infertility: Women and Reproductive Technology from Test-Tube Babies to Uterus Transplants,” will focus on the impact of these technologies on women.
A night of fun, music, language, and culture! All students are encouraged to participate by learning a song in the foreign language that they are studying. There will be food from around the world and prizes for the best acts.
The University of the South will host its ninth annual Campus Gallery Walk. Visitors can enjoy exhibitions, performances, and receptions from 10 a.m. to noon in the University Art Gallery, the Museum Gallery and the Lytle Reading Room of Archives and Special Collections, the Carlos Gallery, the lobby of Guerry Auditorium, and in Spencer Commons.
As part of Sewanee's celebration of 50 Years of Women, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and fiddle player Amanda Shires, L’17, will perform a Homecoming concert. This year, Shires joined country music group The Highwomen alongside Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby. Faculty, staff, and students, bring your Sewanee ID to the Alumni House Thursday or Friday for tickets. Community members can purchase tickets for $20 at the Alumni House.
The Faces of Sewanee exhibition features the work of student artists, giving them a chance to actively engage in the conversation about representation on campus, particularly with regard to tradition, history, legacy, and storytelling as understood through portraiture. The paintings, displayed in the Learning Commons alongside portraits of the vice-chancellors, represent students, faculty, staff, and alumni through the painted image as significant contributors to the campus community.
Frank received a Mellon Foundation grant to study James Blue’s “The March,” a 30-minute documentary of the August 28, 1963, March on Washington. He will show and discuss this documentary, which captures the day of the march, and peaks with Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The march and King’s address produced significant policy accomplishments, suggesting that nonviolent protest and public address can lead to action.
The Babson Center's 2019 Humphreys Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Frazer Buntin, C'97, will share his professional experiences from being a Dollar General logistics planner to CEO roles in the digital healthcare industry. Employing an entrepreneurial mindset cultivated during his time at Sewanee, Buntin has created a remarkable career. All are welcome for a compelling presentation to learn how entrepreneurship relates to everyone—especially students, in their future careers.
The Department of Theatre and Dance spotlights women playwrights this year as part of the 50th anniversary of women students at Sewanee. Our Country's Good, an Olivier Award-winning play by Timberlake Wertenbaker, opens the season. Set in 1788 Australia, Our Country’s Good is a compelling and surprisingly funny examination of colonialism, class, criminal justice and the redemptive power of art. (Adult themes and language.)
University of the South students will perform a reading of Elyzabeth Wilder’s acclaimed play Gee’s Bend, commissioned by the Alabama Shakespeare Company and winner of the 2008 Osborn Award from the American Theater Critics Association.
Richard Cellini, founder of the Georgetown Memory Project, will visit campus deliver a lecture examining the complicity of American universities in the antebellum slave economy, and its implications for members of these university communities today.
The University of the South will celebrate Foundation Day on Friday, Sept. 20. Dr. Sylvia Earle, arguably the world’s best-known oceanographer, will be the speaker at Foundation Day Convocation and will receive an honorary degree. The convocation coincides with Family Weekend and will include the conferral of two additional honorary degrees and the induction of new members into the Order of the Gown.
Bass founded UT’s Anthropological Research Facility, popularly known as the Body Farm, thereby revolutionizing forensic science—particularly for determining the time since a person’s death. Today, the Body Farm trains scholars and law enforcement professionals from around the world, and has inspired several television dramas and been featured in numerous novels.
Gee’s Bend quilter Louisiana P. Bendolph, Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence Elyzabeth Wilder, and Associate Professor Jessica Wohl will lead a conversation about quilting, community, and the remarkable creative achievement of the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama.
Join students, faculty, staff, and community members to watch and discuss the next 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate. Following the debate, Sean O'Rourke, professor of rhetoric and American studies, will moderate a discussion. All are welcome, regardless of political affiliation. Sweets + coffee provided.
The first student takeover of the dining hall for the semester will be Korean Night. The Student Cooking Club, international students, and the McClurg culinary team have developed an excellent menu: student-prepared bibimbap, Korean cucumber salad, bean sprout salad, hotteok (sweet pancakes), scallion pancakes, braised cod with daikon radish, student-made kimchi, and more!
Beverly Daniel Tatum is president emerita of Spelman College in Atlanta, and is widely known for her expertise on race relations and higher education. A public conversation and Q&A session will be held during her visit to campus. The entire campus and community are invited.
Orientation for all new students in the College begins on move-in day, August 24. The four days will be full! They include a picnic supper for families, the vice-chancellor’s welcome address, meetings with academic advisers, discussions of the common reading selection, advice about Sewanee’s pre-professional curriculum, an evening of storytelling (campus traditions, legends, and ghosts!), even time for fun. Most significant is the signing of the Honor Code.
PRE-Orientation—better known as “PRE”—offers about 200 incoming first-year students the opportunity to get to know Sewanee in a unique and exciting atmosphere. While familiarizing themselves with the 13,000-acre Domain, students get acquainted with each other in an environment that creates trust and launches new friendships.
Finding Your Place, or just “FYP,” is a first-year program that introduces students to campus, course work, professors, and classmates. Its place-based approach fuses knowledge and experiences across many disciplines and prepares students for an engaged life in and beyond Sewanee. The immersion portion of FYP begins August 14, and the course sections continue through the first half of the fall semester.
Readings by faculty, fellows, and guest writers are scheduled throughout the Conference.
The performance of Penelope and the Geese, an "opera in progress" that gives a different perspective on the Odyssey, will include a concert reading and a first showing of the full score. Composer Milica Paranosic and librettist Cheri Magid (former Tennessee Williams Playwright in Residence) tell a different kind of love story, one that levels the Odyssey's playing field. The performance is a co-production with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.
The Sewanee Summer Music Festival offers enriching musical performances by the inspiring SSMF artist-faculty, internationally acclaimed guest conductors, and gifted young artists.
The School of Letters reading and lecture series will include public events at 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday during the session, as well as a special Friday evening workshop with the American Shakespeare Center. All events are held in Gailor Auditorium.
The University of the South's 2018-19 academic year comes to a close May 10, 11, and 12 with three ceremonies marking graduation weekend on the Mountain. The University Baccalaureate will be held on Saturday, and Commencement for the College and the School of Letters on Sunday, May 12. More than 400 students will graduate from the College.
On Reading Day, McClurg Dining Hall will serve a late-night breakfast of pancakes, bacon, and sausage to students. As students fuel up after a long day of studying, they will be greeted and served by faculty and staff.
This popular visit weekend gives you a chance to tour main campus with a current student, meet faculty in your intended major, and see what it's really like to be a Sewanee student.
Scholarship Sewanee is the university’s annual celebration of student scholarship, research, and creativity. Almost a quarter of students here were involved in mentored research projects last year, in the sciences (of course)—but also in the arts, English, politics, and more. Scholarship Sewanee gives them the chance to wow their peers by giving talks and presenting posters.
This is an overnight visit program, open to all admitted students, that will allow you to meet other prospective students and enjoy two days of programming, stay with a current student, and meet professors in departments that align with your interests.
Perpetual Motion (known as "PMo" on campus) is a student-run performing dance company whose goal is to include all levels of dance experience. This year’s performances will feature 20+ pieces of original student choreography, in styles from Afro-Caribbean and Irish to swing and ballet, and will include almost 100 dancers.
The eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash carries on the famous Cash family legacy in the best way possible: with her own unique voice and approach, and a timeless and supremely poetic mixture of country, folk, gospel, pop, blues, Americana and jazz.
This Ain't No Cakewalk, created by visual artist Thom Heyer and musicologist César Leal, considers the similarities between the cakewalk tradition of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and New York's “Vogue Balls” of the 1980s and early 1990s. Both are based upon competitive performances of dance and movement, and charged with questions about race, identity, and power.
Sociologist Karida Brown will give a public lecture on the history and lives of African Americans who moved with the Great Migration of the 20th century to the coal mining towns of Southern Appalachia. Brown’s book, Gone Home: Race and Roots through Appalachia, focuses on Harlan County, Kentucky, and in it Brown challenges and corrects today’s assumptions that Southern Appalachia—where Sewanee is located—is and always has been a region populated exclusively by poor whites.
Enjoy dramatically different exhibitions in four galleries on campus. Each gallery will offer a reception, and student dance and musical performances inspired by the exhibitions will take place in multiple locations.