FOL Events 1983-Present
February 28, 2013
Marvin Pate, Rich Berlin, Michael Thompson
"Sustainability Initiatives in Sewanee"
January 31, 2013
Rayid Ghani, Chief Scientist for the Obama Campaign
"The Role of Data, Technology, and Analytics in the Presidential Elections"
November 28, 2012
Kevin Wilson, Assistant Professor in the Department of English
"The Family Fang and Readings from a Work in Progress"
October 24, 2012
John Tilford, Curator of Special Collections; Betsy
Grant, Head of Acquisitions and Cataloging; and Rick Sommer
"The Rick and Wilma Sommer Special Collection"
March 29, 2012
Dr. John McCardell, Jr., Vice-Chancellor and President
"The Library of the Future"
February 29, 2012
Richard Tillinghast, Poet
"Readings from Poetry"
January 26, 2012
Jane Borden, Author
"I Totally Meant to do That"
November 17, 2011
W. Brown Patterson, Professer Emeritus of History
"The History of the King James Bible: 400 Years."
October 3, 2011
Sharyn McCrumb, Award Winning Southern Author
"The Ballad Books and Southern Culture"
March 8, 2010
Thomas Lakeman, Tennessee Williams Playwright in Residence
“The Movies of Alfred Hitchcock”
April 24, 2009
Thomas Keith, Consulting Editor at New Directions
“Publishing Tennessee Williams, New Directions, and James Laughlin”
February 13, 2009
Harry Lee (Hal) Poe, President of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum and Foundation of Richmond, Virginia
“Eureka: Poe’s Journey of Discovery”
November 19, 2008
Sarah Sherwood, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of the South
“Archeological Research at the Bronze Age Site of Pecia in Romania”
October 29, 2008
Thomas S. Freeman, Researcher for the British Academy John Foxe Project
“New Views of ‘Bloody Mary’ and the Tudor Counter-Reformation”
October 22, 2008
Derek Waller, Retired Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University
“A North Korean Birthday Party”
April 16, 2008
James C. Davidheiser, Professor of German, University of the South
“And They Lived Happily Ever After: The Brothers Grimm and Their Phenomenally Successful Fairy Tales”
April 11, 2007
Donald Huber, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Languages, University of the South
Reading from Kick Butt, Huber’s humorous novel about a Southeastern Conference college football season.
October 18, 2006
Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Historian and Sewanee Alumnus, C’53, H’85
“Who Owns the Dead? T.E. Lawrence of Arabia and his Disputed Reputation”
September 27, 2006
Robert Benson, Professor of English, University of the South
Reading from Blood and Memory, a memoir
April 19, 2006
Anthony Abbott, author, critic, literary historian and Professor of English at Davidson College
Readings from his own poetry & prose
February 8, 2006
Robb White, humorist, naturalist and author of How To Build A Tin Canoe
December 8, 2005
Ninette Fahmy, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University and specialist in Egyptian politics
“Women and Human Rights in Egypt”
October 3, 2005
Calhoun Winton, Emeritus Professor of English, University of Maryland
“The History of Scottish Books in the Colonial South”
March 23, 2005
John Gatta, Brown Foundation Fellow at the University and former Professor of English at the University of Connecticut
“Harriet Beecher Stowe, a Southern Episcopalian?”
February 16, 2005
Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Florida
“Honor and the Tragedy of Assassinations: Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln”
December 1, 2004
Annie Armour, University Archivist, and Tam Carlson, Professor of English at the University
“The Present and Future State of the New Archives”
(a joint meeting with the Sewanee Historic Preservation Society, held at the newly renovated Kappa Sigma House)
October 27, 2004
Todd Kelley, University Librarian
“Plans and Goals for the duPont Library”
April 17, 2004
William “Woody” Register, Professor of History and American Studies at the University
“The Biggest Playground on Earth: Luna Park at Coney Island”
March 31, 2004
Paul Bergeron, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Tennessee and Brown Foundation Fellow at the University
“Andrew Johnson of Tennessee and His Presidency”
March 10, 2004
George Core, Editor of The Sewanee Review
“George Garrett As A Man Of Letters”
October 6, 2003
Jon Meacham, Managing Editor of Newsweek and author of Franklin and Winston
“The Discovery of the Private Letters of FDR’s Great Love, Lucy Rutherford”
April 22, 2003
Gerald Smith, Professor of Religion at the University
“What We Can Learn From Cemeteries”
March 26, 2003
Samuel Williamson, retired Vice-Chancellor and President of the University
“Higher Education and the Vietnam War”
November 20, 2002
Michael Bradley, Professor of History, Motlow State Community College
“It Happened Here in the Civil War”
October 31, 2002
Malcolm Goldstein, Emeritus Professor of English, City University of New York
“Thornton Wilder’s Novels, Heaven’s My Destiny and The Eighth Day”
April 17, 2002
Edwin M. Yoder, Jr., syndicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
“Admitted Fiction: From Journalist to Writer of Fiction”
February 19, 2002
Milbury Polk, author of Women of Discovery
“Writing His Book”
December 11, 2001
Jam Yang Norbu, Tibetan novelist
“Tibetan Politics and the Great Game”
November 28, 2001
Joel Cunningham, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University
“Reflections on My First Year at Sewanee”
October 19, 2001
James Waring McCrady, Emeritus Professor of French at the University
April 19, 2001
Charles B. Lowry, Dean of Libraries, University of Maryland
“Libraries in An Age of Change: Timeless Purpose and Scholarship”
November 15, 2000
Richard Henderson, Associate Provost for Information Services at the University
“Recent Developments in Information Technology”
November 18, 1999
Henry Taylor, Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet
Readings from his own works
April 21, 1999
Edmund Ball, author of Slaves in the Family
December 9, 1998
Annie Armour, University Archivist
October 14, 1998
Lyle Leverich, Scholar-in-Residence, Head of the Editorial Board, Tennessee Williams Literary Journal, and biographer of Williams
“Remembrances of Tennessee Williams”
December 4, 1997
Charles Cullen, President and Librarian of the Newberry Library, Chicago
“The History and Mission of the Newberry Library and the Special Role of Research Libraries”
April 25, 1997
William T. Cocke III, Professor of English at the University
“Shakespeare’s Indispensable Book”
February 27, 1997
James Dunkly, School of Theology Librarian, and Annie Armour, University Archivist, gave a tour of the rare book area and spoke about some of the more interesting items in the collection.
(There were no FOL lectures in 1996)
November 4, 1995
Garret Keizer, Chair of the Department of English, Lake Region Union High School in Vermont and author of A Dresser of Sycamore Trees
“The Books That Change Our Lives?”
April 29, 1995
Rebecca Bain, Public Affairs Director at WPLN, Nashville Public Radio
April 20, 1995
Paul Erwin, Regional Director of the East Tennessee Region, Department of Health
“Public Health in East Tennessee: Towards Healthier Communities in Appalachia”
November 12, 1994
David M. Seaman, Coordinator of Electronic Texts, University of Virginia Library
“The University of Virginia Digital Library Project”
April 21, 1994
Billy F. Bryant, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University
“Sir Isaac Newton: His Life and Work”
November 13, 1993
Steven Shrader, Associate Professor of Music at the University and Director of the University Orchestra and Sewanee Chorale
“Literature and Music”
April 27, 1993
John Egerton, author and free-lance writer
“The End of the Print Age”
November 12, 1992
Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Professor of History, University of Florida
“The House of Percy: Honor, Mind and Melancholy in a Southern Family”
April 4, 1992
Benjamin Dunlap, Carolina Research Professor, University of South Carolina
“Fiction to Film: Ashes on the Screen”
November 21, 1991
Reed Whittemore, Poet and Brown Foundation Fellow at the University
Readings from his poetry
April 20, 1991
Elizabeth N. Chitty, Associate Historiographer of the University
“Tales from Sewanee’s Attic”
November 10, 1990
Malcolm Getz, Director of the Heard Library, Vanderbilt University, and Associate Provost for Information Services and Technology
“The Electronic Library”
April 21, 1990
Wyatt Prunty, Poet, Literary Critic, Professor of English and Director of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference at the University of the South
Readings from his own books of poetry
November 11, 1989
George Connor, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
“Some Notes on Overstuffed Biographies”
April 15, 1989
Nelson Campbell Sudderth, College Admissions Counselor at the Baylor School
“The Writings of Biography”, Using Ann Waldron’s book, Close Connections: Carolina Gordon and the Southern Renaissance
November 12, 1988
Walter Harrelson, Professor of Old Testament and Dean at Vanderbilt Divinity School and an authority on translations of the Bible
“The Difficulties of Biblical Translation”
April 9, 1988
Walter Sullivan, author and Professor of English at Vanderbilt University
“Shaping the Literary Canon: A Modest Defense of the Classics”
November 14, 1987
Robert Wyatt, Book Editor of the Nashville Tennessean and Professor of Mass Communications at Middle Tennessee State University
“Reviewers and Reviewing in the Mass Media: Research and Ruminations”
May 2, 1987
Kenneth S. Cooper, author and Emeritus Professor of History at George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
“Booby Traps for Textbook Authors”
November 15, 1986
Steven John Ross, noted filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Theatre at Memphis State University
A showing of the film of Peter Taylor’s “The Old Forest”
April 19, 1986
Glynne Wickham, Brown Foundation Fellow in Speech and Drama and an authority on the English theatre
“William Shakespeare, King’s Man: The Page and His Patron”
November 23, 1985
Jim Wayne Miller, Poet, Appalachian writer, and Professor of German at Western Kentucky University
Reading from his work in progress
April 13, 1985
Ellen Douglas, novelist and National Book Award nominee
Reading from her work in progress, Scenes from Two Lives
November 19, 1984
Viewing of items from Bishop Gailor’s Library and architectural books, presented by the father of Vice-Chancellor Bob Ayres
November 17, 1984
Will Campbell, Raconteur and award-winning author
“Words, and How We Use Them”
April 28, 1984
Alan Cheuse, Brown Foundation Fellow and Visiting Professor of English
“A New Jersey Writer In Dixie”
November 19, 1983
Readings from his book, Jericho, Jericho, Jericho
April 23, 1983
Thaddeus Lockard, Emeritus Professor of German at the University
“The Inklings: C. S. Lewis and His Circle”
100th Anniversary of Hudson Stuck's Ascent of Denali
Patrick Dean and John Benson
Monday, April 22 4:30 p.m.
Friends of the Library of Sewanee: The University of the South invites you to attend a talk by Patrick Dean on 100th Anniversary of Hudson Stuck’s Ascent of Mt. Denali. The Friends meeting will be held in Convocation Hall on Monday, April 22nd at 4:30 p.m. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Sewanee Outing Program and John Benson, SOP Director, will also talk about the art and skill of mountain climbing, including a demonstration of ice climbing equipment.
This Hudson Stuck lecture is a part of the University’s campus-wide celebration of Earth Day and falls on the day the Episcopal Church has set aside as a Feast Day to honor both Hudson Stuck and John Muir, both early advocates for environmental issues. In 1913, Hudson Stuck, an Alaskan missionary, led the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet. He attended seminary at Sewanee’s School of Theology and became the Archdeacon of the Yukon and all of the territory to the north. He was an admirer of Native Indian culture and traveled Alaska's difficult terrain to preach to villagers and establish schools. Stuck referred to the mountain by its Athabascan Indian name, Denali, meaning "The High One."
Patrick Dean is self-employed as a freelance writer and social-media creator. He is a climber, backpacker, caver, and cyclist. Patrick has an M.A. in theology from Sewanee's School of Theology, the thesis for which was on Hudson Stuck.
The Friends of the Library will have Hudson Stuck t-shirts for sale ($20) at the event and there will be a reception to follow the lecture. Barnes & Noble Bookstore will also have some books about Hudson Stuck for sale.
More information about the Friends of the Library can be found at their website: http://libguides.sewanee.edu/FOL. If you have questions about the reading or joining the Friends, please contact Judy Rollins at 931-598-1265 or email@example.com.
Hudson Stuck, 1913 Camp Set up at 18,000 feet
David henderson: a brief history of aviation
in Jessie Ball duPont Library, February 22nd – August 13th
and in the Carlos Gallery of the Nabit Art Building, February 22nd through Mar. 23rd
Brandon Morse: Dark Matter
in the University Art Gallery, February 22nd through April 7th
The University Art Gallery of the University of the South, in coordination with the Carlos Gallery of the Nabit Art Building and the Jessie Ball duPont Library, presents David Henderson: A Brief History of Aviation in duPont Library and the Carlos Gallery, and Brandon Morse: Dark Matter, in the UAG. The opening of all three exhibitions will be celebrated with a panel discussion between the artists and Dr. Jeff Thompson of the Art and Art History department on Friday, February 22nd at 4:30 pm in Convocation Hall, to be followed by a reception in the lobby of duPont Library at 5:45 pm. Sewanee’s University Jazz Quartet will perform at the reception, and light refreshments will be provided.
A Brief History of Aviation, will fill the periodicals area of duPont Library with luminous, soaring fan vaults derived from the 15th century architecture of Bath Abbey. Transmuted into glass and carbon fiber, transported into the contemporary world, do these forms still carry the impact of their gothic models; their power to move the viewer? What can they tell us about the revivalist architecture of our own campus? The exhibition of the same name in the Carlos Gallery is dedicated to the evolution of Henderson’s forms, and to his resolutely anti-heroic creative process. His sculptures are monumental in scale, but remarkably lightweight. His forms are resonant with meaning and strikingly beautiful, but he prefers to talk about their materials, and how they were made. Meticulously designed with 3-D modeling programs, they are constructed by hand, preserving the traces of that hands-on process on their surfaces. As David Brody so aptly stated, “In lieu of Big Sculpture’s industrial-strength piety, Henderson gives us the DIY proficiency, and perhaps the true religion, of the backyard rocket scientist.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSLkwn3-yaY
Brandon Morse’s Dark Matter will transform the space of the University Art Gallery with hypnotic generative video projections and sound. Entropy and emergence, growth and decay - physical phenomena are all simulated through digital systems, scientific algorithms, and programming code. Morse’s video simulations at times evoke the atmospheric shifts of weather systems, at times the life and death of underwater creatures. His digital systems are powerfully evocative, and serve as open-ended metaphors for broader social and political issues.
Where Henderson is primarily interested in the concrete facts of materials and structure, Morse explores systems, change, and metaphor. Both, however, experiment with abstract forms, and, more importantly, with how those forms communicate; both create works that envelop the viewer, pulling them into transformative spaces and experiences.
On Saturday, February 23rd, the University of the South will host its 2nd Campus Gallery Walk between 10:30 AM and noon. Visitors are invited to visit Dark Matter and the two parts of A Brief History of Aviation, and also Archives and Special Collections, for Plans and Changes in Sewanee’s Campus, an exhibition of materials related to the revivalist architecture of the University of the South, Sewanee’s very own transformative environment. Come and meet the artists, and explore the dialogue between our four exhibitions and our campus. Complimentary light refreshments will be provided.
David Henderson is based in Brooklyn, NY. His sculpture has appeared at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ, at the Richmond Center for the Visual Arts at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, at Knoedler Gallery’s Project Space in New York, on the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, at Queensboro Community College Art Gallery, at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, and at galleries in Baltimore and Santa Fe. His work was featured in the January 2013 issue of Sculpture magazine.
Brandon Morse is a Washington, DC based artist. He has shown his work in video, video installation and sound art in museums and galleries across the United States, Europe, and Asia including the Nanjing Museum, the Frankfurter Kunstverein and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. His work has been reviewed in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, LA Weekly, and Art in America among others. He is an associate professor of Digital Media at the University of Maryland.
A Brief History of Aviation is made possible in part by the generous support of the Friends of the University Art Gallery, as is the Campus Gallery Walk. Thank you!
Sewanee’s University Art Gallery is located on Georgia Avenue on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The gallery is free, accessible, and open to the public. Hours are 10 – 5 Tuesday through Friday and 12 – 4 on Saturday and Sunday. Please call (931) 598-1223 for more information, or visit our website at http://www.sewanee.edu/gallery. Please note that the exhibitions will be closed for Spring Break, from March 7th to March 18th.
The Woodpeckers of North America
Edward von Siebold Dingle, 1893-1975
Edward von Siebold Dingle (1893-1975), a native of South Carolina, was known as the Audubon of the South. This series of original watercolors, entitled The Woodpeckers of North America, was donated by Mr. Lucas in 1964 to the University Archives and Special Collections.
The exhibit can be viewed in the front hallway on the main floor of duPont Library -- go to your right at the Circulation Desk.
Edward von Siebold Dingle was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on October 18, 1893. As a boy he lived on a plantation near the Santee River and developed an early interest in birds and in drawing them. He graduated from the College of Charleston, but as an artist was self-taught, except for some instruction in landscape from Alfred Hutty.
About 1923, when Dingle was living in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, he took up art as a career and combined it with his avocation of ornithology. He collected over a thousand bird specimens, from a four-foot albatross to a half-inch hummingbird, and learned from Arthur Trezevant Wayne how to prepare and preserve them (The collection is now at the Charleston Museum). Painting live birds from dead specimens was not simply a matter of copying. As Dingle explained, "It takes years of research to become a bird painter. You must have accurate scientific knowledge of how the feathers of a particular bird grow, and how their bones and muscles are placed."
Dingle's primary medium was watercolor, and he painted birds against landscape and foliage backgrounds which suggested their natural habitats. Each painting featured not only an adult male and an adult female, but a juvenile or post-juvenile bird also. He painted birds in families.The largest family he painted was the Warbler Family, which required sixty-one paintings. Research for that series took Dingle to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Charleston Museum, the national and royal museums of Canada. Harvard University, the universities of Oklahoma, Minnesota and Michigan, and to several institutions in California. In 1963 his Warbler series was exhibited at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston.
Dingle had fourteen watercolors and a charcoal sketch in the first American exhibition of bird paintings, held in Los Angeles in 1926. In 1937 some of his works were included in the First National Exhibition of American Artists at Rockefeller Center in New York. His works also were exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in Canada. He is represented in the permanent collections of the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, at the Cambridge Museum in Massachusetts, the Carolina Art Association and the Gibbes Art Gallery in Charleston. His paintings were reproduced in numerous scientific periodicals, and in books like South Carolina Bird Life, where Tufted Titmouse appears. The Tufted Titmouse, also called the Tomtit or Peter Bird for its call "peto-peto-peto," is common throughout the eastern United States and west of the Mississippi River to about eastern Nebraska. It is among the smallest North American birds with a crested head. Dingle's research led to the addition of six species to the list of South Carolina birds: Cory's shearwater, Eastern glossy ibis, Leache's petrel, European widgeon and Clay-colored sparrow.
After 1927, when Dingle married Marie G. Ball, they lived at Middleburg Plantation in Huger, South Carolina. He died on April 21, 1975.
THE SOUTH ON PAPER: LINE, COLOR AND LIGHT, Robert M. Hicklin Jr., Inc., Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1985, p. 35.
University Archives and Special Collections is open Monday-Friday 1:00-5:00pm.