Thursday, October 8, 2015 in Benton Chapel
A Young Black Woman Shimmy & Shakes a Flagpole and Finally Brings the Confederate Flag Down After One Hundred Years: Thoughts on Climbing, Not Waiting on the Calvary, Faith, and Manners, in the Contemporary South
Poet Nikky Finney helped start the Affrilachian Writers group when she was a professor at the University of Kentucky. She is now teaching at the University of South Carolina and her last book of poetry, Head Off and Split won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2011.
Philanthropist Edmund W. Cole, president of Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad and treasurer of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, endowed the annual Cole Lecture Series in 1892 “for the defense and advocacy of the Christian religion.” Cole’s gift provided for the first sustained lectureship in the history of Vanderbilt University.