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McCardell, Sewanee vice chancellor and distinguished historian, next in Follin Speaker Series
McCardell, Sewanee vice chancellor and distinguished historian, next in Follin Speaker Series

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In honor of The Webb School’s 150th Anniversary, the Follin Speaker Series will continue hosting special guests throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Dr. John McCardell, 16th Vice Chancellor of Sewanee: The University of the South, distinguished historian and respected national leader in liberal arts education, will be the first speaker of the spring semester. His presentation entitled “Remembering the Civil War: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and Historical Memory” will be Jan. 22 at 2:20 p.m. in the Follin Chapel. It is free and open to the public.

McCardell, who is also president emeritus of Middlebury College, is a 1971 graduate of Washington and Lee University. He did his graduate work at The Johns Hopkins University and then at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in history. His specialty is U.S. history with special emphasis on the 19th century, the Old South, and American historiography.  He possesses a record of achievement as a scholar and is the author of The Idea of a Southern Nation (1979), which received the Allan Nevins Prize, as well as many essays and book reviews. He has also written extensively on student life and the liberal arts college.

He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, as Chair of the Division III Presidents’ Council of the NCAA, and on the boards of the Episcopal High School and Washington and Lee University. He currently serves on the Board of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, the Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, S.C., and as a member of the Board of Managers of the South Carolina Historical Society. He will be stepping down as Sewanee’s vice chancellor in the summer of 2020 after 10 years of service.

For more information about the Series, call 931-389-5703. For additional information about The Webb School, visit