Each week the "Shakerag Lecture Series" sponsors a presentation by a special visiting artist. These public Wednesday evening lectures are held at 7:30 p.m. in McCrory Hall on the campus of St. Andrew's-Sewanee School. Each lecture is followed by a reception in the St. Andrew's-Sewanee Gallery honoring the Shakerag Lecturer and the Shakerag faculty artists. The 2013 Shakerag lecturers are David Haskell and Susan Knowles.
David Haskell’s work integrates scientific and contemplative studies of the natural world. His book, The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature (Viking, 2012; http://theforestunseen.com), was described by E. O. Wilson as "a new genre of nature writing, located between science and poetry." A profile in The New York Times said of Haskell that he "thinks like a biologist, writes like a poet, and gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist" (http://ow.ly/eVibE).
Haskell holds degrees from the University of Oxford and from Cornell University. He is Professor of Biology at the University of the South. Haskell is speaking at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, in McCrory Hall.
Susan W. Knowles is an Independent Curator and Art Historian in Nashville, Tennessee. She currently holds a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, where she received a Ph.D. in Public History in May 2011 with a dissertation on Tennessee marble in civic architecture.
Knowles has worked in the museum field for over twenty years. Knowles is speaking at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, in McCrory Hall.
David Haskell, Shakerag Lecturer 2013
Susan Knowles, Shakerag Lecturer 2013