WELCOME TO THE 42nd ANNUAL SUMMER SEMINAR!
“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you." B. B. King, 1925-2015
When do the Seminars take place?
- SESSION I: June 25 – July 1, 2017
- SESSION II: July 9 – 15, 2017
The Seminar will again be held in the beautiful Tennessee Williams Center at 406 Kentucky Avenue, the home of Sewanee’s excellent theatre program.
Each major lecture is given on a single morning. After a break for refreshments, participants may join a further discussion of the main lecture, or choose to attend a different presentation given by another faculty member.
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.
Who teaches the Seminars?
We will be celebrating our 42nd anniversary this summer with a group of outstanding speakers: Professors Daniel Carter, Environmental Studies; Maha Jafri, English; Stephanie McCarter, Classical Languages; Bethel Seballos, Chemistry; and Geoffrey Ward, Organist and Choirmaster. Click here to see this year's faculty.
- 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.
- 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 at McClurg, 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 talk 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. Use of duPont Library and the Fowler Sport and Fitness Center are included in the program.
Housing and Meals
Due to the continuing renewal and refurbishing program for the residence halls on campus, this summer Session I participants will live in Hodgson Hall while Session II participants will be housed in Benedict Hall. Meals, with the exception of our farewell dinner, will be at McClurg Dining Hall. The campus coffee house, named after Ted Stirling, the founder of the Sewanee Summer Seminar, is on the east side of the Bishop’s Common.
How much does it cost?
$675 for each adult participant (tuition, double room, and meals)
$725 for each adult participant (tuition, single room, and meals)
$375 for tuition only, per person (no housing or meals)
For tuition-only participants, meals are also available on an individual basis.
Remember: The Summer Conference Office charges early arrivals (Saturday after 2 p.m.) $75.00 per person, per night
How do I make a reservation?
A deposit of $50 reserves your place. Register online here, or send deposits and direct questions to:
Professor Dan Backlund
Director, Sewanee Summer Seminar
The University of the South
735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383-1000