DanceWise: Backwards in High Heels performances Nov. 22-24

The seventh annual performance of DanceWise, under the artistic direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Courtney World, will feature performances by 19 Sewanee students. The celebration of women through dance is in conjunction with this year’s celebration of 50 years of women at Sewanee.

Goodstein Lecture to focus on impact on women of reproductive technologies

Historian Margaret Marsh will present the 20th annual Anita S. Goodstein Lecture in Women’s History, “Beyond Infertility: Women and Reproductive Technology from Test-Tube Babies to Uterus Transplants.”

Sewanee celebrates "50 Years of Women"

Close to 1,000 alumnae returned to Sewanee Oct. 31-Nov. 3 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of women as students in the College. Their numbers and enthusiasm showed in a constant flow of hellos and hugs, in standing-room-only panel discussions and receptions, and in a sold-out (and then some) gala celebration.

Diedrick Brackens: Allegiance at University Art Gallery

The University Art Gallery presents Allegiance, a quiet and intimate exhibition of complex and beautiful woven textiles by Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens, on view from Oct. 25 through Dec. 13.

Campus Gallery Walk will be Nov. 2

The University of the South will host its ninth annual Campus Gallery Walk. Visitors can enjoy exhibitions, performances, and receptions 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.

50 years of women at Sewanee to be celebrated at Homecoming and all year

The first women entered Sewanee as full-time students in fall 1969, beginning sweeping changes in the College and the community.

Faces of Sewanee, an exhibition of Sewanee portraits, opens Oct. 29

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.

History prof Kelly Whitmer awarded prestigious research fellowship

Associate Professor of History Kelly Whitmer has been awarded a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and will spend a year as a scholar-in-residence at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen. Whitmer will pursue a project focused on pedagogies of objects and collections in the history of science and technology. Her ongoing research project is engaged with the history of education and youth culture; she offers two courses at Sewanee that grow out of that expertise, and has involved students in her research program.

Faculty promotions and tenure announced

Over the summer, the University's Board of Regents formally approved promotion and tenure decisions for seven faculty members. Six newly tenured faculty members—Kristen Cecala (biology), Aaron Elrod (economics), Ross Macdonald (English), Shana Minkin (international and global studies), Courtney Thompson (American studies and women’s and gender studies) and Courtney World (dance)—now hold the title of associate professor. Betsy Sandlin (Spanish) has been promoted to full professor, and she now holds the title professor of Spanish.

October is Campus Sustainability Month

Campus Sustainability Month has five weeks packed with sustainability-focused events, beginning Oct. 2: Waste Management Week, Energy Efficiency Week, Transportation Week, Food Week, and Water Week.

“Mine 21” wins Austen Riggs Erikson Prize

The Sewanee-produced documentary “Mine 21” was named a winner of the 2019 Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media.

Students create independent study with the Sewanee Review

English major Julia Harrison, C’20, worked with Sewanee’s English department to create new undergraduate opportunities at the Sewanee Review.

Sewanee Expands Financial Aid to Meet Full Need for New Students in 2020

The University of the South is expanding its financial aid program to meet the full need of admitted students who qualify for financial aid, starting with the first-year students who arrive in fall 2020.

Student Voting Up on Campus in 2018

College-student voting rates rose nationwide in the 2018 midterms, including by more than 20 percent at Sewanee.

University celebrates Foundation Day and Family Weekend

The University of the South celebrated Foundation Day on a warm and sunny Friday, Sept. 20. The convocation coincided with Family Weekend and included the induction of 289 new members into the Order of the Gown.

Nine members of the Class of 2020 elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Nine members of the Class of 2020 have been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. An initiation ceremony was held on Friday, Sept. 20.

University to celebrate Foundation Day as part of Family Weekend

The University 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, which coincides with Family Weekend and will include the induction of new members into the Order of the Gown.

2019-2020 rankings roundup

The 2019-2020 rankings are out!

Founder of the Georgetown Memory Project to speak on “Slavery & the Old School Tie”

Richard Cellini, founder of the Georgetown Memory Project, will deliver a lecture examining the complicity of American universities in the antebellum slave economy, and its implications for members of these university communities today.

Vice-Chancellor Search Committee, process announced

Members of the Vice-Chancellor Search Committee and its process have been announced, and constituent input is invited.

Food Literacy Project expands in its second year

Last January marked the beginning of the Sewanee Food Literacy Project, devoted to empowering students to help them make informed choices. This year the project has grown, and offers new ways for students to learn life skills as well as new cultures.

John McCardell to step down as vice-chancellor in 2020

Vice-Chancellor John McCardell, who has held that post since 2010, has announced his plans to step down in July 2020. He will remain on the Sewanee faculty.

Welcome to the Class of 2023!

The University of the South officially welcomed more than 450 members of the Class of 2023 and other new students to the University.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum to visit Sewanee Sept. 10 & 11

Beverly Daniel Tatum is president emerita of Spelman College in Atlanta, and is widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education.

Environmental opportunities flourish over the summer

The 2019 summer season found Sewanee faculty, staff, and students fully engaged in a variety of environmental activities on campus and around the globe.

Sewanee Summer Music Festival, June 20th – July 19th, 2020

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival offers enriching musical performances by the inspiring SSMF artist-faculty, internationally acclaimed guest conductors, and gifted young artists.

Biology Professor Jon Evans Receives Conservation Achievement Award

Professor of Biology Jon Evans was named Conservation Educator of the Year by Tennessee Wildlife Federation.

School of Letters, June 2–July 12

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.

Sewanee Writers' Conference names new director

Leah Stewart, professor and chair of the English Department at the University of Cincinnati, has been named the new director of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Graduating seniors savor a memorable Commencement Weekend

The University of the South held three ceremonies to mark commencement weekend on the Mountain, May 10, 11, and 12.

Former Senator Bob Corker interviewed on campus for SiriusXM

Former Senator Bob Corker returned to Sewanee April 24 to sit down for an interview with journalist Olivier Knox for the SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. channel (channel 124). It took place before an audience of students, faculty, staff, and community members, and included time for questions from students.

David Johnson awarded Watson Fellowship

David Johnson, a politics major and business minor from Brownsville, Tennessee, has been awarded a prestigious Watson Fellowship for 2019-20. The Fellowships offer college graduates a year of independent exploration and travel outside the United States.

Students awarded Critical Language Scholarships

Three Sewanee students—Lala Hilizah, C’21, Jasmine Huang, C’21, and Campbell Stuart, C’20, have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, for study abroad this summer.

Sewanee Named a Voter Friendly Campus

The University of the South has been named a “Voter Friendly Campus” for the first time. The initiative recognizes practices that encouraged students to register and vote in the 2018 elections and in the coming years.

Livia Karoui, C’20, named Newman Civic Fellow

Livia Karoui, C’20, has been named a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow. The award recognizes students who are change-makers and public problem-solvers.

University Breaks Ground for New Bookstore

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new University Bookstore was held in the Sewanee Village. After its completion, the bookstore will serve as a bridge between the community and University.

Commencement weekend is May 10-12, 2019

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. A Convocation for Conferring of Degrees for the School of Theology will be held May 10; the University Baccalaureate on May 11; and a Convocation for Conferring of Degrees for the College and the School of Letters on Sunday, May 12.

Honorary degrees to be conferred during Baccalaureate

The University Baccalaureate service—the second of three Commencement weekend ceremonies—will be held Saturday morning, May 11, in All Saints’ Chapel. Five honorary degrees will be presented during the service.

Sewanee partners with American Shakespeare Center

The University of the South has become a charter member of American Shakespeare Center’s academic leadership consortium, bringing performances and workshops to campus, as well as internship and conference opportunities at the Blackfriars Playhouse.

New Phi Beta Kappa Members Initiated

Fifteen members of the Class of 2019 have been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, joining nine classmates who were elected in the fall semester. An initiation ceremony was held on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Sewanee Dining Offers Food Literacy Program

January marked the beginning of the Sewanee Food Literacy Project.

Katharina Probst, C'00: "Sewanee to Silicon Valley"

Katharina Probst, C’00, returns to Sewanee to share insights about her liberal arts education as the foundation for a career leading Netflix and Google engineering teams.

Explaining Syria

Inspired by a summer internship, a Sewanee politics major works to enlighten fellow students about the worst humanitarian crisis of our time.

Winter Break, from Sewanee to New Zealand

Many Sewanee students spent part of winter break preparing for an internship or career, exploring biodiversity on another continent, or snowshoeing up a 14,000-foot peak.

1899 Football Team Featured in New York Times

The New York Times looks for an historical forerunner of today's powerhouse college football teams and finds it in Sewanee’s Iron Men of 1899.

Sea Semester in the Pacific

Two Sewanee students, both Natural Resources majors, spent the 2018 fall semester at sea aboard a tall ship ocean research vessel.

Sustainability Fellows Visit Asheville

Sewanee's Sustainability Fellows took a late-fall road trip to the city of Asheville, North Carolina.

Community Medicine

A student’s years-long involvement with a local rural medical clinic fosters deep connections to people and place, and prepares her for a future career.

Summer Internships

About 250 Sewanee students spent the summer working in paid internships and research assistantships around the world.

Nature Conservancy Partnership

A new forest management plan for the 13,000-acre Domain aims to benefit wildlife, recreation, and local livelihoods.