2014 Schedule

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

The Program As before, we will enjoy the program in the beautiful Tennessee Williams Center, the home of Sewanee’s excellent theatre program. Each lecture described below is given on a single morning. After a break for refreshments, participants may join a further discussion of the main lecture or choose a second faculty presentation.

Professor Larry Jones, Associate Dean of the College, Biology
Studying Abroad Just Isn't What It Used to Be
In this session we'll consider some newer models for studying abroad, which include investigative strategies, service learning, and more emphasis on place-based education.  In this session we'll discuss some of the ways these models are reflected in programs in England, Tunisia, Ecuador, Panama, Nepal, and Scotland.

Professor Jessica Siegel, Psychology
The Methamphetamine Epidemic: A History of Meth and the Story of Its Use in America
Methamphetamine use and abuse is a growing problem in America, especially in rural communities such as those surrounding Sewanee. Where did this drug come from? Why is it such a problem? We will explore the history of methamphetamine, its migration to the Southeast United States, and the reasons it is potentially so addictive from a neuroscientific and psychological perspective. We will also consider some of the cultural, social, and political issues surrounding the methamphetamine epidemic in America. 

Professor Ken Smith, Forestry and Geology
Forest Restoration in the Southeast: Ecological Success or Boondoggle?
Ken Smith will discuss the nationwide movement to restore forests to a pre-Columbus condition and will include examples from our experiences on the Domain. In this presentation, Dr. Smith will highlight the recent literature examining Native American land use practices in the southeastern US, work examining the role of fire in our southern ecosystems, and whether the concept of forest restoration is applicable in our southern forests.

Professor Lauryl Tucker, English
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)
This lecture will consider the ways in which Joyce’s short fiction is more radical than it might seem at first glance. I’ll talk for a bit about the different demands that modernist writers, compared to their 19th-century realist predecessors, make of their readers, particularly through the close relation of form and content. We’ll pay close attention to narrative point of view—i.e., how the stories are told—and what it means for how we should (and should not) interpret the symbolic or figurative elements in the text. The main focus will be on “The Sisters,” “Araby,” and, as time permits, “Two Gallants.”

Professor Jessica Wohl, Art and Art History
I Just Don’t Get It! Comprehending Contemporary Art
What makes art “good?” Is it the sheer fact that it is exhibited in a museum or gallery? Is it personal taste? How does one know what an artwork means? Despite the best intentions to understand Modern and Contemporary art, visiting a gallery or museum can often leave viewers disillusioned and confused, scratching their heads wondering what they are looking at. In this lecture, we will demystify the often-intimidating world of contemporary art. First we will examine the paradigms set forth in America’s educational system, and explore their affects on art appreciation in this country. We will then investigate this dynamic through the lens of historical movements, contexts and the elements and principles of design. The relationship between form and content in contemporary work will be discussed, and we will explore what makes art successful by learning how to question works that may often seem enigmatic, abstract or non-representational.

Faculty members will offer a second lecture in addition to their main talk. Professor Jones will present 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, and Professor Wohl A Mark in Time: The Relevance and Evolution of Drawing from the Ancient to the Contemporary.

The New Sewanee Inn
The New Residence Halls