Musicians celebrated Black History Month at UT with a musical tour through African-American history in February. The School of Music hosted the event, which was featured by WATE-TV Channel 6.
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In a recent feature of OZY’s special series, High School, Disrupted, the discussion surrounds the topic of building monuments in honor of high school teachers. The publication interviewed UT’s Alderman about the stories statues and monuments communicate.
De Ann Pendry, UT senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, weighed in on the beneficial impact that children of immigrants has on the US economy.
“There are 750,000 young people that are now able to go to work go to college. They’re all contributing to the economy,” Pendry told WBIR-TV Channel 10.
One Martian volcano may have erupted for at least 2 billion years, according to new research. The most recent study has long suggested that big volcanic centers on Mars, such as Tharsis and Elysium, could have formed as long ago as 3 or 4 billion years ago, says Harry “Hap” McSween, a geoscientist at UT who was not involved in the research.
Kurt Butefish, coordinator of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance in the UT Department of Geography, wrote an editorial for the Tennessean highlighting the need for Tennessee’s K-12 schools to do a better job of teaching geography.
The half-excavated body of a faux centaur—part man, part horse—showcased on the main floor of Hodges Library has been chosen as the Sight of the Week by the editors of RoadsideAmerica.com. The popular display is a work of art, made from tea-stained bones of a pony and a medical school skeleton. The centaur will be featured as the lead story on RoadsideAmerica.com for this week.
With the Lego Batman movie premiering recently, National Geographic took a whimsical look at seven ways in which bats are like the fictional Batman character. Nat Geo turned to Gary McCracken—professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and one of the world’s leading experts on bats—for a question about bats’ built-in superpowers.
In preparation for Department of Religious Studies 50th anniversary celebration, two retired department heads provided funds to help establish the Religious Studies Endowment. Several retirees also have contributed toward other awards and endowments to support the department.
The USA Today Network featured an interview with Daniel Feller, professor of history, about the comparisons between presidents Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson.
Jered Sprecher, a professor in the School of Art, is showing his first solo museum exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art through April. The Knoxville Mercury calls him an “untortured artist” and one of the country’s leading abstract artists.