Friends of the Library of Sewanee: The University of the South invites the community to attend a talk by Steve Suitts. Suitts will give a lecture on social justice and talk about his book that chronicles the life of Hugo Black, a Supreme Court justice. The Friends meeting will be in the Torian Room of Jessie Ball duPont Library on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 p.m. A reception will follow the talk.
Sewanee’s Water Lecture Series Continues
Sewanee’s water lecture series continues on Wednesday, Oct. 4, with a talk by Andrea Wulf on “The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World.” The talk will take place in Gailor Auditorium at 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
Lehmann Lecture on ‘Luther Decade’
On Tuesday, Oct. 3, one of Germany’s most prominent historians of the Reformation, Hartmut Lehmann, will give a talk at Sewanee called “The Luther Decade and Reformation Quincentenary: A First Assessment.” The talk will reflect on the impact of the “Luther Decade,” proclaimed in the fall of 2008, and lessons learned since the opening, one year ago, of the festivities that marked the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
The School of Letters and the Lectures Committee presents a reading with author Kelly Grey Carlisle, C’98, from her new memoir, “We Are All Shipwrecks,” on Tuesday, Oct.10, at 4:30 p.m. in Gailor Auditorium. “We Are All Shipwrecks” chronicles Kelly’s quest to know the mother who died when she was three weeks old.
Sewanee to Host Symposium: ‘Enfranchising Equality: How History Matters to the Future Of Voting Rights’
The University of the South will host a symposium Thursday, Oct. 12 and Friday, Oct. 13, in anticipation of the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment’s voting rights guarantees. “Enfranchising Equality: How History Matters to the Future of Voting Rights” will bring together some of the nation’s leading historians, constitutional scholars, lawyers, and judges to explore the rich and complicated history of the Fifteenth Amendment and to reflect on the Amendment’s future in light of its past. All events will be at the Sewanee Inn.
Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, will give the keynote lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12. Foner’s talk, “Enfranchising Equality: History, Law, and the Fifteenth Amendment,” will be followed by a reception and book signing. A celebrated historian of the Reconstruction era, Foner’s published works include “Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction,” and “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery,” which won the Pulitzer, Bancroft, and Lincoln prizes for 2011.