Scholarship Sewanee to be held April 27

Scholarship Sewanee, the university’s annual celebration of student scholarship, research, and creativity, this year will be held Friday, April 27.

Scholarship Sewanee began in 1994 as “Scientific Sewanee,” a half-day poster session held at the end of the spring semester. In its early years, approximately 40 posters affiliated with the sciences were on display. Scholarship Sewanee 2018 will feature 88 posters and 55 oral presentations representing biology, physics, chemistry, earth and environmental systems, politics, economics, English, history, visual arts, and more. See the complete schedule.  

The McCrady Lecture, begun in 2013, will bring Karen Till to campus this year. Till is a professor in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University in Kildare, Ireland. She is a cultural geographer, ethnographer, and curator who engages in collaborative research about place, memory, and creative practice. Till is also the director of the Space&Place Research Collaborative. Her presentation, “Difficult Pasts and the Care of Place: Memory-Work as Imagining More Just Futures,” will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, in Blackman Auditorium. A reception will follow. Till’s book in progress, Wounded City, highlights the significance of place-based memory work and ethical forms of care at multiple scales that may contribute to creating more socially just futures.

Till has previously taught geography, urban planning, and government and international affairs at Virginia Tech University, Louisiana State University, University of Minnesota, and Royal Holloway, University College London. She received a Ph.D. in cultural geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a research M.A. in cultural and urban geography and B.A. in ecosystems from UCLA.

Other events related to student scholarship and creative endeavors will be held during the week of April 23. Just prior to Scholarship Sewanee, the Sewanee Festival of Speaking and Listening will showcase student speakers from across the University engaging in topics of political legal, social, scientific, cultural, professional and rhetorical significance, from April 23-26. In addition, the senior art majors’ exhibition, A Tear in the Veil, will be on display in the University Art Gallery from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The University jazz ensemble will present its end-of-semester concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in St. Luke's Chapel.

Immediately following the conclusion of Scholarship Sewanee, the Department of Physics and Astronomy will induct four students into Sigma Pi Sigma, the national Physics Honor Society. Finally, the Gospel Choir will hold its end-of-semester concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in St. Luke's Chapel.