Special Opportunities Spring 2014

Lunch & Learn: The History of the Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, January 28 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Ezell Center, Room 363
Cost: $20 per person, includes box lunch and lecture
Instructor: Dr. David Fleer
Lipscomb University Professor, Department of Bible

Enjoy a box lunch and listen as Dr. Fleer discusses the time and the circumstances that shaped the Civil Rights Movement. His lecture will focus on Booker T. Washington, the Tuskegee Institute and the Civil Rights history that changed a nation. This time of study is a precursor to a field trip to Tuskegee, Ala., with a reading assignment of Bus Ride to Justice, 2013 edition. For anyone who chooses to go on the overnight excursion, your Lunch & Learn cost will be deducted from the overall trip price.

Travel Learning to Tuskegee, Alabama
Tour and Dinner with Famous Civil Rights Attorney Dr. Fred Gray

Thursday-Friday, March 13 and 14
Leaving Lipscomb Academy Football Field at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 13th and returning Friday, March 14th by 10 p.m.
Cost: $280
Tour Host: Dr. David Fleer
Lipscomb University Professor, Department of Bible
Dinner Host: Dr. Fred Gray
Civil Rights Attorney

Travel to Tuskegee, Ala., to explore the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Enjoy a stay at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Tuskegee University and have dinner and conversation with the veteran civil rights leader and attorney, Dr. Fred Gray. Dr. Gray represented Mrs. Rosa Parks, he worked with Dr. Martin Luther King and he represented the participants of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. He is the moving force in the establishment of the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center. Visit the Multicultural Center, the Tuskegee Institute, the Carver Museum, and the “Oaks” home of Booker T. Washington. Suggested reading before the trip will be Bus Ride to Justice, 2013 edition.

Literary Tour of Mississippi: Columbus to Oxford to Holly Springs

Thursday-Saturday, April 10 - 12
Leaving Lipscomb Academy Football Field at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 10 and Returning Saturday, April 12 by 10 p.m.
Cost: $450
Tour Host: Dr. Dennis Loyd
Lipscomb University, retired faculty, Department of English

According to Wikipedia, Mississippi lays claim as the birth state of more than 80 prominent authors of all genres. Novelists, essayists, short story writers, biographers, dramatists and poets have all discovered the light of day and of their talent in Mississippi. That list includes such notables as William Faulkner, Shelby Foote, John Grisham, Willie Morris, Walker Percy, Elizabeth Spencer, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and Richard Wright.

Because it is not possible to visit sites connected with all these, our trip will focus on the birthplace of Tennessee Williams in Columbus and the long- time home of William Faulkner in Oxford. Williams, known for such prize-winning dramas as The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Summer and Smoke, was born in Columbus in 1911. He remained there a few years before moving to Clarksdale and then St. Louis. Later he was most often identified with Key West, New Orleans and New York. Known primarily for his work in drama, he was also a novelist, a short story writer, and a poet. He died in New York City in 1983.

Faulkner was born in New Albany, Miss., in 1897 but later moved with his family to Oxford where his father, for a time, was associated with Ole Miss. As an adult, Faulkner bought a house and land near Oxford and named it Rowan Oak. Because he always regarded himself as a gentleman farmer, his attachment to the land was a reality to him and an inspiration for much of his writing. Land mattered. Wherever he went to write or to speak, he missed Rowan Oak and anticipated his return. Visiting his home will stir memories of northern Mississippi as immortalized by that man of Yoknapatawpha County, the author of The Sound and the Fury; As I Lay Dying; Absalom, Absalom; and Light in August. He died in Oxford in 1962.
We will also spend time in Holly Springs, noted for its beautiful homes and gardens.