Every summer the School of Letters invites writers, poets, publishers and scholars to speak each week that school is in session. All readings and lectures take place at Gailor Auditorium unless otherwise noted, and a reception usually follows upstairs in the atrium. The public is welcome. Events held outside of Sewanee are also listed here.
David Haskell’s work integrates scientific, literary, and contemplative studies of the natural world. His latest book, The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors (Viking, 2017), examines the many ways that trees and humans are connected. Deborah Blum, Pulitzer winner, author of The Poisoner’s Handbook, and director of the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT says of The Songs of Trees, “David George Haskell may be the finest literary nature writer working today. The Songs of Trees – compelling, lyrical, wise – is a case in point.”
His first book, The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature (Viking, 2012), was winner of the National Academies’ Best Book Award for 2013, finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction, winner of the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award, winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature, runner-up for the 2013 PEN E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and winner, in its Chinese translation, of the 2016 Shenzheng Dapeng Nature Writing Award.
Haskell is a 2014-2015 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford (BA) and from Cornell University (PhD). He is professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South.
Wednesday, June 28 at 4:30 pm, Gailor Auditorium. Reception following, Gailor Atrium.
July 5, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse is a translator, poet, and teacher who has lived and worked in Iraq for the last six years. She served as the founding chair of the English Department at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). She received her MFA at Warren Wilson and MEd from the University of Virginia. Handful of Salt (The Word Works, 2016) introduced Kajal Ahmad’s poetry to English. A new and selected works of Abdulla Pashew is forthcoming from Phoneme Media in 2017. Poems, translations, and essays have appeared in Epiphany, The Iowa Review, Words Without Borders, and the Poetry Society of America. She is currently co-director at AUIS’ Kashkul and a PhD candidate at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Kurdish Studies.
Wednesday, July 5 at 4:30 pm, Gailor Auditorium. Reception following, Gailor Atrium. Co-sponsored with the Friends of duPont Library.
July 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Wednesday, July 12 at 4:30 pm, Gailor Auditorium. Reception following, Gailor Atrium.