Wilkinson Lecture and Celtic Band Def Leprechaun Highlight Opening Week at the Assembly

Monteagle Sunday School Assembly announces the opening of the 139th program season on Sunday, June 13.

Katharine Wilkinson will present a lecture titled “All We Can Save: Leading on Climate with Truth, Courage, and Solutions” at 8:15 p.m., Thursday, June 17, in The Auditorium. Wilkinson co-founded and leads The All We Can Save Project with Ayana Elizabeth Johnson in support of women leading on climate. She co-hosts the podcast A Matter of Degrees, telling stories for the climate curious with Leah Stokes. Wilkinson has recently returned to the University of the South as a visiting professor. She received a B.A. in religion from Sewanee and holds a doctorate in geography and environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

The first week concludes Friday evening with an energetic performance by Def Leprechaun, a premier Celtic band known for their well honed, acoustic and vocal performance. They deliver a unique blend of hard-driving folk with a side of lavish balladeering and encourage participation from the audience in the old Irish tunes as well as the new sounds from Ireland. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 18, in The Auditorium.

The community is welcome to attend lectures and performances throughout the summer and may find a schedule at <www.mssa1882.org>. Other lectures during the first week include:

Wednesday, June 16, 10:45 a.m.—Lecture: “A Primer to Avian Conservation” with Laura Marsh, field ornithologist and conservation biologist.

Thursday, June 17, 10:45 a.m.—Lecture: “Mapping and Shaping a New World: The Power of Representation” with Nenette Arroyo, Ph.D., Art & Art History, University of Virginia.

Friday, June 18, 10:45 a.m.—Lecture: “California Mission Architecture: Reality, Ruins, and Romance,” also presented by Nenette Arroyo.

The Assembly is a Chautauqua organization founded in 1882 to be a welcoming community of Christian faith where people gather to engage in spiritual growth and renewal, lifelong inquiry and learning, recreational and cultural enrichment, while being good stewards of our natural resources and our Assembly heritage.