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Jessie Ball duPont Library

Friends of the Library at Sewanee: The University of the South

A guide to the events and membership of the Friends of the Library at Sewanee

FOL Events 1983 - 1999

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

(topic unknown)


December 9, 1998

Annie Armour, University Archivist

Hudson Stuck


 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

(Topic unknown)


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

Andrew Lytle

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