Skip to content

The Sycamore Institute’s Annual Forum

Loading Events

« All Events

The Sycamore Institute’s Annual Forum

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

Sycamore Fundraiser Flyer

The Sycamore Institute, an impartial, public policy center for Tennessee, invites you to our first annual forum—an event dedicated to our desire to equip civic leaders with the resources they need to solve big challenges.

This year’s event will feature Colin Woodard, a New York Times bestselling historian, for a conversation surrounding his book American Nations and its implications for Tennessee and the United States.

Join us May 2, 2024 in Nashville for our annual forum with keynote speaker, Colin Woodard. After his remarks, a conversation will follow with a panel featuring 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.


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
Bridge Public Affairs
Coeo Public Affairs
The Housing Fund
Lipscomb University College of Leadership & Public Service
Parthenon Strategies
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Stones River Group
The Tennessean
Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities
Tennessee Health Care Association
Tennessee Hospital Association

Interested in sponsoring this event? Check out our sponsorship opportunities and email our team at

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.

Are there volunteer opportunities?

If you are interested in volunteering, please email

I have another question.

Email and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.


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


The Sycamore Institute


City Winery
609 Lafayette St
Nashville, TN 37203 United States
+ Google Map