Education & Society News

Educators Invited to Big Orange STEM Saturday on October 7

East Tennessee K–12 teachers, guidance counselors, and educators of all descriptions are invited to learn ways to help students excel in science and math during Big Orange STEM Saturday for Educators on October 7.

Grissino-Mayer Talks to News Sentinel Following Firewise Meeting

Henri Grissino Mayer, a professor of geography and an expert who uses tree rings to determine wildfire patterns, spoke to the Knoxville News Sentinel following Firewise, a Pigeon Forge meeting aimed at helping residents be engaged in the process of minimizing the potential of a wildfire.

Alderman Discusses Elvis Presley Fandom with WBIR

Derek Alderman, professor of geography, spoke with WBIR-TV Channel 10 about how fans of Elvis Presley have intensified his memory four decades after his passing. Alderman noted that pilgrims to Graceland, through leaving personal graffiti on the grounds, help us better understand the Elvis fandom. Alderman researches public memory, popular culture, and heritage tourism in the

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Freeberg Pens News Sentinel Column on History of Free Speech at UT

Ernest Freeberg, head of the Department of History, penned an essay for the Knoxville News Sentinel examining the history of free speech on the UT campus. Freeberg noted that UT chancellor Charles Weaver’s decision in 1968 to veto a student committee’s invitation to comedian and activist Dick Gregory to speak on campus sparked the debate over students’ free speech rights.

Culinary Institute to Host Great Smoky Mountain Food Days

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UT’s Culinary Institute is partnering with Cowgirl Creamery to host the inaugural Great Smoky Mountain Food Days event October 6–7 at UT’s Visitors Center. “This event celebrates the food of the Smokies, which has been shaped by the people and climate of our region,” said Ann Fairhurst, department head of retail, hospitality, and tourism management.