As a member of the pioneering generation of black women historians at the nation’s historically white colleges and universities, Cynthia Griggs Fleming made a career out of making history. During Black History Month, colleagues of the professor emerita will honor her work at UT as well as the trails she blazed as a civil rights pioneer.
Effective February 1, Don Ryder will begin serving as the director of bands. Mike Stewart has been named associate director of bands. Ryder and Stewart have held the interim director and associate director positions since October 2013.
Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences, will speak about “Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Hearing the Parables Anew.”
History Department Chair Ernest Freeberg’s work was cited in the podcast 99% Invisible about how street lights transformed the experience of being in a city at night. Freeberg is the author of The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America. In his book, Freeberg weaves a narrative that reaches from Coney
Fifteen teams from thirteen East Tennessee high schools will compete at the sixth annual Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl. The daylong competition is sponsored by UT’s Department of Philosophy and the Humanities Center.
A New York Times article about unlikely animal pairings featured Gordon Burghardt. The Alumni Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology studies animals at play. Burghardt defines play as a repeated behavior that should not contribute to survival. It is spontaneous and voluntary, performed when the animal is healthy
Be sure to catch Ernest Freeberg, head of the history department, at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday on PBS’s American Experience. Freeberg was interviewed about Thomas Edison. In the show he profiles the inventor whose achievements include a long-lasting incandescent light bulb.
WBIR-TV interviewed Derek Alderman about his new research project. Alderman, head of the university’s geography department, has received $62,000 from the National Science Foundation to study how the representation of Southern slavery at tourism sites is changing. The research will use plantations to understand ongoing debates about race relations, racism, and white supremacy within the
Jeff Pappas, director of the School of Music, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Research by Derek Alderman, head of the department of geography, was featured by WBIR-TV. More than forty years after the assassination of the biggest leader of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., there are places named to honor his legacy around the country. Alderman studies this phenomenon and talked about what it says