February 22, 2016 Newsletter

Boys to Men and Back Again

Contributed by Matt Reynolds

Boys to Men Archives eventThis past Monday University Archives and Special Collections was thrilled to host a talk by award-winning writer and editor John Jeremiah Sullivan C’97. The event was part of the programming associated with the Archives’ current exhibit Founded to Make Men: Explorations of Masculinity at the University of the South. 
‌His presentation, Boys to Men and Back Again: Travels in the Maze of Southern Literary Masculinity was given to a standing room only crowd that overflowed into the exhibit space, where it was live-streamed thanks to the talented staff of LITS Media Services. During the talk Sullivan reflected on his work, southern literary tradition, relationship with Andrew Lytle during his time at Sewanee, and Lytle’s legacy as a fixture of the southern literary tradition.

After the presentation attendees enjoyed a catered reception where they were able to enjoy refreshments, discussion, and to view the exhibit.  We would like to extend their sincere thanks to the Fiends of the Library, the Department of History, and the American Studies Program for their support of this event.


Fooshee Collection

Contributed by Penny Cowan

The collection was first established as a “Gentleman’s Reading Room” by Malcolm Fooshee in honor of his wife and daughter. Malcolm Fooshee was a graduate of the class of 1918. He was valedictorian of his class and editor of the Sewanee Purple. He also served as a trustee of the University, and established a scholarship program on which the Wilkins Scholarships are patterned. His obituary can be viewed here.  Let us know if you have titles to suggest for purchase in the Fooshee Collection.

The books in the Fooshee/Browsing Collection are arranged alphabetically in these categories:

Biography Current and popular biography
Cookbooks Cookbooks
Crafts Books on hand crafts such as knitting beadwork, weaving, pottery
Fantasy Fantasy fiction
Fiction Current popular fiction

Popular garden

Health Popular physical and mental health
How-To Popular How-to books such as home repair, home addition projects, furniture building
Large Print Large Print books in a variety of subjects
Mystery Current popular mysteries
Non-Fiction Current popular non-fiction that doesn't fit in the other categories
Nature Nature guides such as bird and animal books, photography books of animals, hiking guides
Regional Local travel guides, sightseeing books, and photography books
Science Fiction      Current popular Science Fiction
Sports Sports, including coaching
Travel Travel guides from places other than the Regional category



Search for New Director of Information Literacy & Instructional Technology Continues

Contributed by Tim Garner

The Director of ILIT search is progressing with interviews scheduled to begin later this week.  Vicki Sells, Walker Adams, Benjamin Anthony, Bethel Seballos, Helen Stapleton, and Heidi Syler - all members of the search committee - read through applications, cover letters, and resumes from over seventeen quality applicants.  From that large pool of applicants the search committee has selected their top four to participate in an initial videoconference interview.  This first round of interviews will begin Friday, February 26th and continue through Monday, February 29th.  After all of the applicants from the first round have completed their interviews the committee will then determine who they would like to invite to campus for a tour and face-to-face interviews.  More information will be available soon regarding applicant visits.  


Special Event Setups

Contributed by Michael Ostrowski

A rather busy week in TAS culminated in yesterday’s performance by Contra-Tiempo in Guerry Auditorium and another busy week of special events begins this evening with Sewanee Monologues - also in Guerry Auditorium.

As part of Sewanee’s Performing Art Series the Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theatre gave a visually stunning performance which incorporated elements you would normally associate with a dance group; sound, movement, and light, but they also managed to mix another element into their show - H20.   While Contra-Tiempo provided the music, the dancers, and even the H20, a mixture of TAS and Sewanee staff, along with work study students, provided the many hours of labor needed to successfully setup for the show.  Once the show was over everyone needed to pitch in again to get all of the lighting and sound equipment taken down so that TAS staff could begin setting up for this week’s upcoming performances in Guerry Auditorium.

A quick turnaround after the dance performance was necessary because on Monday Guerry Auditorium will host the Sewanee Monologues.  Later in the week setups and stage turnarounds will be needed for Friday’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s musical performance and again on Saturday for the annual student Step Show performance.


Suggestions or ideas for the LITS Newsletter? Please contact Vicki Sells, vsells@sewanee.edu or x3220 or Tim Garner at tegarner@sewanee.edu, x1265.