Sewanee Summer Seminar

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”

Clay P. Bedford

“The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you’re learning you’re not old.”

Rosalyn S. Yalow

“Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.”

Henry L. Doherty


SESSION I: June 22–June 28, 2014
SESSION II: July 6–July 12, 2014


Who comes to the seminars?
We always have a lively group composed of alumni, friends of Sewanee, and those who are simply curious about this beautiful place. The only prerequisite is that you enjoy the flow of ideas and the company of interesting people. Some participants are quickly swept into active dialogue; others come to absorb and reflect.

Participants are welcome to bring children who may explore Sewanee with and without parents, but the program does not provide day care.


The Week
Sunday, afternoon:
     Arrive at the Tennessee Williams Center for check-in 1:30–3:30 p.m.
          central time
     Opening reception at 4 p.m. central time
Monday–Friday mornings, 9 a.m.–Noon: Seminars
Monday–Friday afternoon and evenings: Optional programs and activities
Friday late afternoon: Final reception and farewell dinner
Saturday morning: Departure by 10 a.m.


The Daily Schedule
Mornings begin with a hearty breakfast followed by the main lecture of the day at 9 A.M. After a break for refreshments it is time for a choice: to discuss the main lecture topic or to join a new discussion with a different professor. Thus, each morning includes opportunities to pursue two different subjects. Everyone hears the main lecture: then some pursue that subject for the rest of the morning while others jump into one of the “second lectures.”

Afternoons and evenings are for more informal activities. We provide plenty of opportunities for hikes, visits to interesting local spots, film viewings, and other activities. Many participants mix these with their own forays into the library, into the sun, or into the luxury of unscheduled time.

Passes to duPont Library and the Fowler Sport and Fitness Center are included in the program.


Main Talks
Each faculty member will present a main talk. 
• Professor Jones: Studying Abroad Just Isn't What It Used to Be
Professor Siegel: The Methamphetamine Epidemic:
  A History of Meth and the Story of Its Use in America
Professor Smith: Forest Restoration in the Southeast:
  Ecological Success or Boondoggle?
Professor Tucker: Idols, Idlers and Gallants: Figure and Narrative Voice
  in Joyce’s Dubliners (or The Perils of Reading Joyce Like an English
  Major: A Cautionary Lecture)
Professor Wohl: I Just Don’t Get It! Comprehending Contemporary Art


Second Talks
Each faculty member will present a second lecture in addition to their main talk.
• Professor Jones: The Role of Social Memory:
  Peace and Conflict in the Balkans — Serbia and Kosovo
Professor Siegel: The Neuroscience Behind Memory and Memory
  Changes with Age
Professor Smith: Fire on the Mountain
Professor Tucker: Dorothy Sayers’s Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries:
  The Ticklish Case of the Extra-Textual Detective
Professor Wohl: A Mark in Time: The Relevance and Evolution of
  Drawing from the Ancient to the Contemporary


How much does it cost?

 Double room, tuition, and meals: $660 for each adult participant

 Single room, tuition, and meals: $710 for each adult participant

 Tuition only: $350 (no food or housing)

 Dependent in dorm: $320 per person

Early arrival charges are $75 per day, per person.
For those not on the meal plan, meals are also available on an individual basis.