US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will be on campus Friday, April 25, to provide the Baker Distinguished Lecture on Energy and the Environment and to talk about the Department of Energy and its activities in the state of Tennessee. Moniz’s lecture will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Room 132 of the College of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public.
John Luther Adams, a composer who this week was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, will visit campus on Monday, April 21, as part of Earth Day celebrations in the community. From 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., he will work with students during their rehearsal. At 6:00 p.m., Adams will present a lecture about his work, his compositions, and how they relate to his life as an environmental activist. It will be held in Room 109 of the UT Art and Architecture Building.
The most comprehensive bibliography of sources related to the Great Smoky Mountains is now available for purchase from the University of Tennessee Press. Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains, 1544-1934, is the culmination of fifteen years of research. It catalogs printed material on the Great Smoky Mountains from the earliest map documenting the De Soto expedition in the sixteenth century to writings that were instrumental in the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Haleh Esfandiari, founder and director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will give the Distinguished Global Security Lecture on Monday, April 21, at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Free and open to the public, her talk—”Iran: Defender or Disrupter of Regional Security?”—will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium.
The Ready for the World Café will continue its edible expedition with a taste of Thailand on Tuesday, April 22. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the UT Visitors Center. Lunch will consist of a papaya salad with shrimp, green curry beef, sweet and sour fish, and coconut pumpkin custard. Cost is $12 and the faculty-staff discount does not apply. Advance tickets are required.
Avery Dobbs, a senior majoring in political science with a history minor, has received a 2014–2015 Fulbright International Scholarship to teach English in Bulgaria.
UT professor emeritus and celebrated scenic designer Bob Cothran will be awarded the Clarence Brown Theatre Society Artistic Achievement Award at this year’s Clarence Brown Theatre Gala on Sunday, June 8. Tickets are now on sale for the 6:30 p.m. gala, which will be downtown at the Standard Knoxville, 416 West Jackson Avenue.
Summer break is just around the corner, but learning doesn’t have to stop just because school is out. UT offers several fun and interesting summer camps that keep kids active and learning.
How does a large electric utility like the Tennessee Valley Authority decide how to structure its energy portfolio to make the most economic sense while recognizing future uncertainty? Students and the public interested in sustainability, energy modeling and economics are invited to attend a forum exploring this question on Wednesday, April 16 in the Toyota Auditorium of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
Candidates for the position of associate vice chancellor for research–research development will be on campus over the next four weeks. As part of the campus visit, each candidate will hold a public forum and respond to questions following the presentation.