On Monday, June 11, I will be lecturing as part of the marvelous “Monteagle Sunday School Assembly,” a longstanding summer community based in Chattanooga, TN. Originally inspired by the Chautauqua movement, the Monteagle Assembly has been organizing an active annual summer program for 130 years. One of its organizers came across my first essays for FPR – “A Republic of Front Porches” – and invited me to deliver a lecture with the same title.

Any readers in the vicinity of Chattanooga are warmly welcomed to attend. I am eager to learn more about the Monteagle Assembly, evidence of the ongoing presence of those “arts of association” and the spirit of liberty and the spirit of religion that Tocqueville regarded as the life-blood of democracy.

My lecture is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, June 11, in the Warren Chapel.