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Sewanee School of Theology Library Guide: Workshops

Gathering of information especially for the students at the School of Theology

TechTalk Workshop

Tech Talks

Facilitator: Romulus D. Stefanut

Goal: highly informative and practical sessions intended to motivate students, faculty, and staff on how to use LITS technology efficiently and creatively.


  • Meeting times: Wednesdays,12:15 -12:45 pm

  • Location: duPont Library (Torian Room)


Topics of Interest:

Advent 2016

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality (Greg Banwarth) - September 21

  • Top 7 Library Tools for everyone (Romulus D. Stefanut and panel of Librarians) - October 19

  • Managing On-line Privacy (Vicki Sells & IT panel) - November 16

Easter 2017

  • Digital Preservation for Personal Archives

  • Effects of Technology on Student Behaviour

  • Social Media Analytics for Academics

Augmented and Virtual Reality

Religion and Film Workshop

Religion and Film Workshop

Facilitator: Romulus D. Stefanut

Goal: to create a casual learning experience by watching and discussing cultural products at the intersection between  


  1. Opening comments

  2. Film viewing & popcorn

  3. Moderated discussion

Time: (Wednesday evenings 6:30-9:00 )

Place: Torian Room, other venues (Screening Room)

Refreshments: Pop & Popcorn

Fall Quarter: Documentaries

CS Lewis - Shadowlands (September 14)

Francis d’Assisi - Brother Sun Sister Moon (October 12)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Pastor Pacifist, Natzie Resister (November 16)

Martin Luther - Luther Movie (December 7)

Other Possible Series:

History of Religion - Documentaries

Anglican History and Religion

Portraits of Jesus (from Zeffirelli to Mel Gibson)

Film selections

Francis D'Asissi

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Martin Luther

Close-Reading Workshop

Close-Reading Workshops

Facilitator: Romulus D. Stefanut


- 30 min. workshops focusing on close reading of texts

- time management: 10 min of slow or silent reading  

- discussion: observation - correlation - interpretation - applicability

Location: Hamilton 111

Time: Fridays 9:00 - 9:30 am (Mid September to Mid November; 9/16-11/18)

Choice of Texts: The Apostolic Fathers (Advent 2016); Philo of Alexandria (Easter 2017)

Suggested questions:

1. Observation - TEXT (reader's ignorance versus author's knowledge) - what is the author saying? Look in particular for: the concepts or metaphors, the models, the argument, the method, the date backing that up.

2. Correlation - INTERTEXTUALITY (how does it compare with other texts?) - the agreements, the disagreements, the gaps

3. Interpretation - MEANING (why was it written?) - the text versus the world it was written for (origin story, author identity, what impact it had)

4. Applicability - SIGNIFICANCE - (So what?) - the text versus the world today - what is today's situation that the text can help with? How exactly?


A reading on close-reading:


The Apostolic Fathers

Jessie Ball duPont Library, University of the South
178 Georgia Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383