2019-2020 Follin Speaker Series begins with Oct. 9 and Oct. 10 presentations
BELL BUCKLE, Tenn. — In honor of The Webb School’s 150th Anniversary, the Follin Speaker Series is hosting special guests throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Three speakers are planned this fall to launch the series, an endowed program at school. The presentations will be in the Follin Chapel and are free and open to the public.
Andrew Maraniss, New York Times bestselling author of “Strong Inside,” an extensively researched biography of Perry Wallace, is first in the series. His presentation will be on Oct. 9 at 9:40 a.m. Wallace was the first African-American varsity scholarship athlete to play basketball in the Southeastern Conference, playing for Vanderbilt University. Maraniss introduced the book at Webb as a speaker in April 2019, and “Strong Inside” was selected as The Webb School’s Summer 2019 all-school read. In addition to the presentation, Maraniss returns for classroom and small group discussions about the book.
“The book’s themes of civil rights, the importance of education, and of course basketball should have wide appeal,” said Webb Library Director Hannah Little.
Artist and Puppeteer Wayne White returns to Webb on Oct. 9-11 for a presentation and to work with his friend Mike Quinn, Webb art teacher, and students in “Big Head Puppet” workshops. Students will create puppets in time for the 43rd Annual Bell Buckle Webb Art and Craft Festival. In a previous visit several years ago, White led students in the creation of “Big Sawney” a giant Big Head Puppet featured in area parades for a number of years. His presentation will be on Oct. 10 at 9:40 a.m. White, an Emmy-award-winning set and puppet designer, will have a month-long art show beginning Oct. 5 at Julia Martin Gallery in Nashville.
Thompson Webb III, great-grandson of Webb founder, William R. “Sawney” Webb and “family historian,” will be speaking on Oct. 25 at 9:40 a.m. about his family’s independent school legacy in a talk entitled “Education: A Webb Family Tradition.” In addition to Bell Buckle, family members have founded schools in Knoxville, Tenn., and Claremont, Calif. Webb is a retired professor of Geological Sciences at Brown University. He combined his undergraduate studies in botany with a PhD in atmospheric sciences to study the changing climate since the last ice age, 21,000 years ago. He lives on 45 acres in Seekonk, Mass., where he and his wife Joan host farmers involved in Community-Sponsored Agriculture and where he serves as president of the Seekonk Land Conservation Trust.
For more information about the Series, call 931-389-5703. For additional information about The Webb School, visitwww.thewebbschool.com.