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.