Meacham, Sides Lectures Highlight MSSA Schedule


The Monteagle Sunday School Assembly in Monteagle continues its 137th consecutive summer season of enrichment with an interdenominational worship service at 11 a.m. in the Assembly’s Warren Chapel. The eight-week season will continue through Sunday, Aug. 4, featuring numerous visiting lecturers who will present morning and evening programs in Warren Chapel that are open free of charge to the public; unless otherwise noted, morning lectures begin at 10:45 a.m. and evening lectures at 8:15 p.m. Anyone interested in a full schedule of the Monteagle Assembly’s 2019 program is welcome to pick one up at the Assembly Office (tel. 931-924-2286), or to peruse the schedule on the Assembly’s website at <>.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, presidential historian, and Sewanee alum Jon Meacham will lecture Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. on “The Soul of America,” based on his New York Times bestseller of the same name. Meacham’s book looks at the current political climate through the context of other critical times in United States history when hope overcame division and fear. He contributes to TIME magazine and The New York Times Book Review, in addition to being a frequent guest on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. He previously served as editor at Newsweek and is currently working on a biography of James and Dolley Madison. A book sale and signing will follow his lecture Tuesday.

Likewise, nonfiction author Hampton Sides will lecture on Friday at 8:15 p.m. Sides is best known for his nonfiction adventure stories set in times of war or depicting epic expeditions of discovery and exploration. His bestselling histories include “Ghost Soldiers; Blood and Thunder,” and his most recent, “In the Kingdom of Ice,” recounting the heroic polar voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette during the Gilded Age. Several of his books have been turned into films; “Blood and Thunder,” about Kit Carson, is currently under development for the screen. A book sale and signing will follow his lecture Friday.

Addressing issues of the modern era, other lectures this week will range on topics from gender equality in Central America to the forests around us. Join Kate Flatley on Monday morning to hear about the “Women’s Justice Initiative: Improving Gender Equality in Guatemala Through Education & Legal Empowerment.” A lifelong Assembly attendee, Flatley attended law school at the University of Virginia and has 15 years’ experience developing and implementing projects in the fields of women’s rights, access to justice, and public health. She founded the Women’s Justice Initiative. Sewanee’s Karen Kuers will introduce a film Monday at 8:15 p.m., “Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees”; she will then describe the results of last summer’s study of the MSSA grounds’ tree population in a Tuesday morning lecture. For those interested in learning more, Kuers will lead a guided walk among the Assembly’s trees, departing from Warren Chapel at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday.

Additional events this week include the following:

Sunday, June 30, 6 p.m., The Caverns, Pelham, Tenn.—“A Cool Summer Night at the Caverns” benefit concert, tickets available at the MSSA office.

Wednesday, July 3, 10:45 a.m., Warren Chapel—“Healing Children: Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine,” with Dr. Kurt Newman.

Wednesday, July 3, 2:30 p.m., Maney-MacLeod Art Pavilion—“Fourth of July Fun Candle-Making” make and take workshop, with Debbie Blinder.

Friday, July 5, 10:45 a.m., Warren Chapel—“Our Experience with Family Legacy in Zambia,” with Bessie & William Doffermyre.