This is a page to help alumni of the Sewanee English Department stay connected, and to help current and prospective students see what our alumni have accomplished!

In the coming weeks, this page will fully take shape: you will be able to access live and recorded events, and we will bring other interactive and community elements online.

Read how Aidan Krump (C'22) dives a little deeper into the upcoming talk by Jonathan Meiburg: 

This Tuesday, September 14th, Sewanee alum Jonathan Meiburg, C’97, will be having a discussion with Professor David Haskell about his newly published book, A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey. As a current Sewanee student, when I hear of alumni visiting campus for one reason or another, I wonder what this alumnus was like when he or she was a student.

Dr. Jennifer Michael had recently returned to her alma mater to teach when she had Meiburg in her class. Meiburg was studying English with a minor in Religious Studies According to Dr. Michael, Meiburg was an exemplary student. Dr. Michael recalls inviting Meiburg to a lunch with a visiting job candidate because she knew that he would “represent the best of our English majors at the time.” Meiburg’s excellence at Sewanee led him to be one of the recipients of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. With this fellowship, Meiburg studied remote communities and how the people there lived. 

Dr. Michael also remembers Meiburg’s outstanding musical talent which has continued onward from his college career into his band Shearwater. During his time at Sewanee, he performed with fellow Sewanee alum John Jeremiah Sullivan, C’97, at a number of benefit concerts for the Sewanee outreach program. With Shearwater, Meiburg has released over fifteen albums. Much of Shearwater’s music contains themes and images of nature. Even the band’s name, Shearwater, is a tribe of seabirds. 

While Meiburg left Sewanee behind in 1997, his time at Sewanee can be seen in his passion for writing as well as his interest and fondness for nature.

Jonathan Meiburg’s is co-sponsored by the departments of Biology, English, and Music; Environmental Arts and Humanities; the Sewanee Integrated Program in the Environment; and the University Lectures Committee and will take place on Zoom at 7:30 PM, Tuesday, September 14. All are welcome.