Dr. John Grammer

Dr. John Grammer

Friends of the Library of the University of the South invite everyone to attend a special lecture by Dr. John Grammer, professor of English, on Wednesday in Sewanee.

Grammer will be the featured speaker for the fourth annual Tom Watson Memorial Lectures, a lecture series designed to remember and honor the legacy of Tom Watson, university librarian from 1976-81 and 1994-2004.

The Friends meeting will be held in the Torian Room of the Jessie Ball duPont Library at 4:30 p.m. A reception will follow the talk.

Taking as its focus the plans for Sewanee’s Center for Southern Studies, Grammer’s talk will discuss the opportunities and obligations that arise when we study the southern region — its past and its present — right now.

Grammer is a professor of English at the University of the South, where he teaches American literature and American studies.

He received his bachelor’s degree at Vanderbilt University and his PhD at the University of Virginia.

His 1996 book, “Pastoral and Politics in the Old South,” won the C. Hugh Holman Award as the best book of the year in Southern literary study, and his essays and reviews have appeared in American Literary History, the Oxford American, The Southern Literary Journal, The Sewanee Review and other journals, and in such books as The Dictionary of Literary Biography, The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and Blackwell’s Guide to the Literature and Culture of the American South.

Grammer founded The Sewanee School of Letters and directed it for 12 years.

He is leading the effort, supported by a Mellon grant, to establish a Center for Southern Studies at the University of the South.

More information about the Friends of the Library can be found at http://libguides.sewanee.edu/FOL.

For information about the reading or joining the Friends, contact Tim Garner at 931-598-1265 or tegarner@sewanee.edu.