Upcoming Lectures


Threats to Academic Freedom

Jeff McMahan, C’76, Rhodes Scholar, and White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford, will give a talk, “Contemporary Threats to Academic Freedom,” at 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 29, in Founders’ Hall at the Sewanee Inn. The public is invited and the talk will be followed by a reception.

‘From the Mountain to the Operating Room and  Back’

Madison Michael, C’92, associate professor of neurosurgery at Semmes Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute, University of Tennessee, will give a talk at the University of the South today, Friday, March 29. The talk will be the keynote address for the university’s celebration of Brain Awareness Week, and will be followed by a reception. Michael will speak at 5 p.m. in Gailor Auditorium.

As part of Brain Awareness Week, Madison Michael will be on campus to talk about the role Sewanee played in his journey from a natural resources major, through medical school, to his current positions as a professor of neurosurgery and as director of the neurosurgical residency program at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. All members of the community are welcome.

‘Conversations with People Who Hate Me: Why I Engage in Dialogue Across Difference’

Award-winning writer, performer, and filmmaker Dylan Marron struggled to know how to respond to hateful online comments he received to his work. Then one day he did something radical, he began calling his online opponents to talk to them one-on-one about why they wrote what they did and to see if they could find common ground or at least understand one another a little better. Dylan’s podcast, “Conversations with People Who Hate Me,” shares these difficult, funny, and humanizing conversations; join Dylan at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 4, in Convocation Hall for a public talk followed by a question and answer session.

Poet Javier Zamora to Speak

Javier Zamora came to the U.S. when he was 9-years-old from El Salvador, escaping civil war. Today, he is a popular poet and Harvard fellow who writes about immigration and his experience crossing the border and life as an immigrant.  He will speak at 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 5, at the Mary Sue Cushman Room, Women’s Center.

‘Grace And Gratitude’ 

Eric Motley is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute and formerly served in the U.S. State Department and the White House. He is the annual Omicron Delta Kappa speaker at the University of the South, and will give a talk, “An Odyssey of Grace and Gratitude,” at 5 p.m., Monday, April 8, in Gailor Auditorium. All members of the community are invited to attend the talk sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, and the book signing that will precede it.

Bishop Reynolds Forum

Producer, activist, and humanitarian Meredith Walker, C’91, is St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School’s 2019 Bishop Reynolds Forum speaker. The public is invited to a lecture at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 7, in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts. The event is free. No ticket is necessary.

Walker began her television career working at Linda Ellerbee’s NICK NEWS for Nickelodeon. During her time there, the show won the Peabody Award as well as several Emmys. Working her way up to senior segment producer, Meredith traveled to all 50 states to interview kids who had interesting stories to tell. This would become the foundation for her deepening interest in the lives of young people.

Meredith’s visit is made possible through The Bishop Reynolds Forum which brings a prominent speaker to the SAS campus each year to engage students and the community in a topic of current interest. 

The Forum was established through an endowment in memory of the Rt. Rev. George Reynolds, the late Bishop of Tennessee. A graduate and former chaplain of the Sewanee Military Academy and a former trustee and past parent at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, Bishop Reynolds was engaged by and involved with the numerous personal and social issues confronting the individual, the Church, and the society he served.