The Moccasin Bend Fall Lecture Series brings thought leaders and subject matter experts to share stories and experiences related to National Parks, conservation, history, American Indian culture, and much more. Sponsored since the beginning by Greg A. Vital, our 2018 lineup (our 13th consecutive year) included:

Monday, September 24th - Dr. Dan Littlefield

Dr. Littlefield is the Director of the Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; his lecture focused on ‘The Role of American Indians in World War I.’

Monday, October 15thDr. Lauret Savoy

Dr. Savoy is a Professor of Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College, and on the Board of Directors of the National Parks Conservation Association. Dr. Savoy presented a reading from her award-winning book, Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape. 

Monday, November 5th -  Dr. Paul Finkelman

Dr. Finkelman is the President of Gratz College and renowned legal historian. His lecture was titled ‘The 2nd American Revolution: Putting Civil Rights in the U.S. Constitution’ and coincided with the 15th Amendment exhibit at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, created by the National Park Service through a partnership funded by National Park Partners.

All lectures began at 7:00 p.m and were held at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, located at 200 E. M.L.King Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37402