Transformative Collaboration: the Appalachian College Association and the Bowen Central Library of Appalachia
Dr. Rushing was the featured speaker for the Third Annual Tom Watson Memorial Lecture, a lecture series designed to remember and honor the legacy of Tom Watson, University Librarian from 1976-81; 1994-2004.
Beth Rushing has been President of the Appalachian College Association since 2017. The Appalachian College Association is a consortium of 35 private colleges in central Appalachia, dedicated to serve Appalachian communities through the transformational work of its faculty, staff, and students.
Whether we grew up on Lord of the Rings, or Narnia, or Harry Potter, works of fantasy have long entertained us and fired our imaginations. But at its best, speculative fiction is more than escapism and literary dalliance. Rather, fantasy stories can act as mirrors held up to our own world, allowing us to approach social, cultural, and political issues in innovative ways.
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of twenty novels and as many short stories. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is best known for the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. As David B. Coe (http://www.DavidBCoe.com), he writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy, media tie-ins, and just about anything else. He is currently working on a new fantasy trilogy for Angry Robot and a tie-in project with the History Channel. David has a Ph.D. in U.S. history. His books have been translated into a dozen languages.
The occasion of the symposium is the publication of W. Brown Patterson’s book, Thomas Fuller: Discovering England’s Religious Past (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Bill Engel’s book, The Memory Arts in Renaissance England: A Critical Anthology (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
Dr. Susan J. Ridyard, Department of History, presided at the symposium. William E. Engel, Department of English, discussed “The Place of History in the Early Modern Memory Arts.” W. Brown Patterson, Department of History Emeritus, followed with a talk on “Thomas Fuller on Memory and History in the Early Seventeenth Century.” .J. Ross Macdonald, Department of English, provided a commentary.
Andrew Hudgins is the author of The Joker: A Memoir, American Rendering: New and Selected Poems, and eight other books of poetry. He is the recipient of the Writer Bynner Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Hudgins was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Saints and Strangers and a finalist for the National Book Award for After the Lost War. He is a recipient of The Poet's Prize for After the Lost War and a recipient of the Haines Prize for poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Ohioiana Award for lifetime contributions to poetry in Ohio, two NEA fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2007, he was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
Dr. MacSwain addressed Lewis's past and current success in persuasively communicating the basic content of the Christian faith to millions of readers; why he so sharply polarizes his readers; and what, if anything, can be appropriated from Lewis's rhetorical example 50 years after his death.
The Rev. Dr. Robert MacSwain is Associate Professor of Theology at the School of Theology of the University of the South. He is the author and editor of numerous works, including The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
Steve Suitts is an adjunct lecturer at the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts of Emory University, a position he has held for the last twenty years. Suitts is author of more than 125 articles, monographs, and books about Southern history and trends. His book, Hugo Black of Alabama, earned Suitts the award as “Georgia Author of the Year” for biography. Suitts also was the executive producer and writer of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” a 13-hour national public radio series about the local southern civil rights movement that received a Peabody Award in 1998. He is a life member of the Southern Historical Association.
Erin McGraw is the author of six books of fiction, most recently Better Food for a Better World: a Novel (2013, Slant Books). Her stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, STORY, Allure, Good Housekeeping, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, and many other journals and magazines. Recently retired from teaching at the Ohio State University, she and her husband, the poet Andrew Hudgins, now live in Sewanee.
Craig Crawford, a conservator of oil paintings with nearly thirty years of experience, speaks at the opening of the exhibition, “Creativity and Craftsmanship: Selections from the Permanent Collection.” The painting conservation process highlights the details a conservator must consider such as examination and testing of materials, even before investing any time in the actual work of conservation. In his presentation, Crawford shows the steps required before and during the conservation process through his examination of several works belonging to the University of the South, and he demonstrates how decision making uncovers decades and even centuries of history. Often mysteries present themselves in this process, and this was certainly the case with one painting from Sewanee’s Permanent Collection.
Richard Tillinghast reads from several of his books of poetry and his most recent travel book, An Armchair Traveller's History of Istanbul. This talk was co-sponsored by the School of Letters and the Friends of the Library.
Marvin Pate, Director of Sustainability Integration; Richard Berlin, Director of Sewanee Dining; and Michael Thompson, Gardening Project at Sisters of St. Mary's Convent spoke about various sustainability initiatives at the University and in the Sewanee community.
This is a story of friendship, tradition, and the power of shared music. How did an experience listening to classical music in a professor's living room at the University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee change a young student's life? An experience so indelible that forty years later it galvanized him to spearhead the creation of a campus listening library with 40,000 recordings, showcased in a million-dollar room with state-of-the-art audio. What impact does this unique academic facility have on the lives of the current "ear-bud generation" of students?