123rd Spring Outing

Featuring Keynote Speaker Geraldine Brooks


Featuring Keynote Speaker, Geraldine Brooks, New York Times-Bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Keynote Speaker

New York Times-Bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks

New York Times-bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks writes impeccably researched historical novels, including Horse, The Secret Chord, MarchPeople of the BookYear of Wonders and Caleb’s Crossing.

Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession and our unfinished reckoning with racism. Horse is the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

A former Wall Street Journal correspondent for Bosnia, Somalia and the Middle East, Brooks delves deeply into history with a journalist’s eye for detail and a master storyteller’s sense of character.

Australian-born Brooks is an acclaimed author and journalist known for her immersive, character-driven historical novels. Her fiction debut, Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague, was published in 10 countries and was a 2001 Notable Book of the Year for The New York TimesThe Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. For her second novel, March, she was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her third book, People of the Book, became an instant New York Times bestseller. Her fourth book, Caleb’s Crossing, was the winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Christianity Today Book Award and was a finalist for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. The Secret Chord, Brooks’s newest novel about the fascinating life of King David, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim.

Beginning her career at The Sydney Morning Herald, Brooks later moved to the United States to attend the journalism master’s program at Columbia University in New York City. She then spent 11 years as correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, where her beats included some of the world’s most troubled areas, including Bosnia, Somalia and the Middle East.

Brooks is also the author of two acclaimed works of nonfiction, Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women and Foreign Correspondence: A Penpal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over. She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University in fall 2005 and was the recipient of the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement.


Watch this interview with Brooks from CBS Saturday Morning to learn more.

Spring Outing Chair

Rebecca Collins

Rebecca Collins brings extensive experience in fundraising for the arts and education. She served as the chair of the capital campaign for The Episcopal School of Nashville, major gifts chair of the campaign to renovate and expand Christ Church Cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee and is the current chair of the Cathedral Stewardship Drive. She has served as a member of the Swan Ball Underwriters and The Fountains of Musica Fundraising Committee, is a member of The Centennial Club and is a past president of The Study Club. Rebecca is a communicant of Christ Church Cathedral and is a member of The Priory in the USA of the Order of St. John. She is also a member of the NW Book Club.

Prior to relocating to Nashville in 2012, Rebecca served as director of institutional advancement for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Mississippi. During her 16 years at St. Andrew’s, Rebecca oversaw successful, multimillion-dollar capital campaigns, an endowment campaign and helped St. Andrew’s achieve a Top 20 ranking among private/independent schools nationwide. She is a former president of the Junior League of Jackson, Mississippi, and she served on the boards of Ballet Mississippi, New Stage Theatre, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Opera, the Arthritis Foundation and the Mississippi Society for Disabilities. She was chair of the Mid-Town Jackson Revitalization Project and the Eudora Welty Birthplace Restoration Committee.  She also participated in Leadership Jackson and was a communicant of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Rebecca and her husband, Dr. Deaver Collins, have two children and two grandchildren, all of whom live in Nashville.

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All proceeds benefit the Andrew Jackson Foundation’s many education programs and preservation projects.

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Spring Outing Sponsors

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Presidential Sponsor

John L. Nau III

Horatio B. and Willie J. Buntin Foundation

Congressional Sponsor

Cabinet Sponsor

CedarStone Bank – Susan and Bob McDonald

First Horizon – Carol Yochum

Ambassador Sponsor

Rebecca and Deaver Collins

Pinnacle Financial Partners

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