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The Sycamore Institute’s Annual Forum

May 2 at 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

The Sycamore Institute invites you to our inaugural annual forum on May 2, 2024 with keynote speaker, Colin Woodard and special guests former Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, former mayor of Memphis and Shelby County A C Wharton, and former editor of the Tennessee Journal Ed Cromer.

Mr. Woodard, a New York Times bestselling historian, will share insights on regional political identities in the U.S. and their historical underpinnings from his book American Nations. Following those remarks, Speaker Harwell, Mayor Wharton, and Mr. Cromer will engage him in a conversation about the past, present, and future of political coalitions and policy priorities in Tennessee.

See the full event agenda here.

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Colin Woodard is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist. He is the author of six books that have been translated into a dozen foreign languages and inspired an NBC television drama. He is currently Director of Nationhood Lab at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Affairs at Salve Regina University. As State and National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram he won a 2012 George Polk Award and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2016. He is a contributing editor at POLITICO and his work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe EconomistSmithsonian and dozens of other major publications.

A native of Maine, he has reported from more than 50 countries and seven continents and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe during the collapse of the Soviet empire and the transition that followed. A graduate of Tufts University and the University of Chicago he is past Pew Fellow in International Journalism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a recipient of the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Excellence in Public Advocacy.


Adams & Reese
Belmont University
Bridge Public Affairs
Calvert Street Group
Coeo Public Affairs
Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga
Guy Cammilleri Democracy Fund
The Housing Fund
Jigsaw Strategic Consulting
Lipscomb University College of Leadership & Public Service
Parthenon Strategies
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Stones River Group
The Tennessean
Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth
Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities
Tennessee Health Care Association
Tennessee Hospital Association
United Ways of Tennessee

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I sponsor this event?

There are several options for sponsorship. View the sponsorship tiers here. Please email for additional information.

What does my ticket include?

Your ticket grants you access to the entirety of the event, including all programming. Additionally, your ticket provides you with a complimentary lunch served by City Winery.

Where can I find the event schedule?

Annual Forum Schedule
11:00 am Registration & Networking
11:30 am Lunch Served & Program Begins
1:30 pm Event Concludes

All times are listed in Central Time.

Is there parking onsite?

Yes, City Winery has limited free parking in front of and behind the building. Additionally, there is a paid lot in front of the building.

Can you accommodate food allergies?

Please email and a member of our team will assist you.

I have another question.

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May 2
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Event Category:


The Sycamore Institute


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609 Lafayette St
Nashville, TN 37203 United States
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