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MSSA Opens Program Season June 8

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 8:53 am

The Monteagle Sunday School Assembly in Monteagle opens its 132nd consecutive summer season of enrichment with an interdenominational worship service at 11:00 AM in the Assembly’s Warren Chapel. The eight-week season will continue through Sunday, August 3, featuring numerous visiting lecturers who will present morning and evening programs in Warren Chapel that are open free of charge to the public. Anyone interested in a full schedule of the Monteagle Assembly’s 2014 program is welcome to pick one up at the Assembly Office (tel. 931-924-2286), or to peruse the schedule on the Assembly’s website at

The first week of the season features two keynote lectures by Charles Bierbauer, formerly CNN’s senior White House correspondent for nine years during the Reagan and Bush administrations and currently Dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina. On Tuesday, June 10 at 8:15 p.m., he will lecture on “Media and Politics 2014. “ On Thursday, June 12 at 11:00 a.m., his topic will be “A Tale of Three Cities: Post-War Reflections on Berlin, St. Petersburg, and Havana.” Bierbauer has had an award-winning, globe-trotting journalism career and has lived in seven other countries and reported from scores.

On Thursday evening, June 12, Lilli Steele, Head of Conservation at the Phillips Collection will present a lecture on “The Phillips Collection: Edgar Degas’s Dancers at the Barre.” She has published and lectured widely on the materials and techniques of Jacob Lawrence, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Honore Daumier, Arthur Dove, Vassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, and Vincent van Gogh. Her lecture will highlight the surprises uncovered during the restoration of “Dancers at the Barre”.

Additional free public lectures in Warren Chapel during the first week of the Monteagle Assembly’s 2014 season include the following:

Monday, June 9, 11:00 a.m. – The University of the South School of Theology, Courtney Cowart, “An American Awakening: From Ground Zero to Katrina, the People We Are Free to Be”

Tuesday, June 10, 11:00 a.m. – Lost Boys Foundation, Dee Flower and Phillips Garang, “My Life as a Refugee in the United States by a Lost Boy of Sudan”

Wednesday, June 11, 11:00 a.m. – Director of Grundy County Food Bank, Sandy Spies, “Feeding the Hungry as a Community Project”

Friday, June 13, 11:00 a.m. – Author, Ridley Wills, “Lost Nashville Companies and Their Stories”