Upcoming Lectures


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.

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.

‘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.

‘Are We There Yet’

Join us in Hargrove Auditorium at the School of Theology at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, as we welcome the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, The Episcopal Church’s canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and creation care. Canon Stephanie will deliver a talk, “Are We There Yet: A Southern Exile’s Reflections on Racial Healing and Telling the Truth,” followed by a reception and book signing. This event is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by The Beecken Center in partnership with the Sewanee Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation. 

Lincoln Lecture

James Cornelius, curator of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Ill., will lecture on “What’s New in Lincoln and Civil War Studies,” at 4 p.m., Monday, April 15, in Gailor Auditorium.

During the 20th century, historians and society overall, shifted from looking at decisions and words by the high-profile figures such as presidents, generals, church leaders, leaders of Congress and the courts, to an interesting new focus on the lesser-known or unknown voices: sergeants, servants, slaves, farmers and tradesmen, and especially women. In the 21st century, good history combines these two strands, but we also benefit from the continuing discovery of long-lost original documents: letters by Mary Lincoln, statistical work on the numbers killed in the Civil War; overseas activity having to do with slavery and abolition. We’ve even finally learned what Lincoln thought of the Irish Potato Famine of 1845-48; what became of his dog; whether African-Americans had his permission to use the White House lawn; and perhaps most of all why (some people think) the Civil War was inevitable, and whether Lincoln’s hopes for Reconstruction were realistic.