How has the war on terrorism affected the U.S.’s relationships with surrounding countries’ governments and tribal societies? Scholar Harrison Akins will be discussing findings of the book The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam. The event will be from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in the Great Room in the International House.
Cultures from around the world will be showcased in the International Dance Competition on Wednesday, March 13. The competition will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Auditorium. It’s sponsored by UT’s International House and the Cultural Attractions Committee, and it is free and open to the public. The competition is open to any UT student, faculty member, or staff member.
The United States European Union Summit on Science, Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Economic Growth—organized in part by UT—has produced five reports examining the critical impacts of investments in science, technology, and innovation on sustainable economic growth. The summit involved an interdisciplinary group of scientists, economists, academics, entrepreneurs and policy analysts from the US and EU and was held from 2010 to 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee; Washington, D.C.; Paris, France; and Brussels, Belgium.
Wars. Major storms. Terrorist attacks. With all of these making frequent headlines, UT is hosting a timely two-day multidisciplinary symposium on disasters, displacement, and migration, and human rights February 8 and 9.
UT has opened its doors to Brazilian teachers and undergraduate students who are here to improve their English and learn more about the United States. Twenty-four teachers arrived at UT earlier this month and will stay until February 21. In addition to their other studies, the teachers will be honing their teaching skills.
A Senegalese basketball delegation arrived at UT last week as part of the US Department of State’s global effort to engage women and girls through sports. The Center for Sport, Peace, and Society will host the twelve female basketball players and two coaches until February 1 through the Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, a global effort established by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Support for legendary coach Pat Summitt has gone international. She will be honored at this Sunday’s Lady Vols basketball game with a special video message from her biggest fans in Iraq. The video is the trailer for We Back Pat in Iraq, a full-length documentary about Summitt’s impact on girls and women in the Middle Eastern country. UT partner Sport 4 Peace is producing the film. It is scheduled for release this spring.
The News Sentinel featured the Next Generation Sports Talent (NEST) program, which is training 19 South Korean athletes to become sports ambassadors. The athletes, ranging from Olympic gold medalists to world champions, are spending the next few months at UT. Read the story here.
This semester’s final Ready for the World Café luncheon will feature an Italian-Spanish fusion meal on Tuesday, December 4. The luncheon consists of an intermezzo or small appetizer, salad or soup, entrée, and dessert. Advance tickets will be sold and capacity is eighty diners. The cost will be $12 and the faculty-staff discount applies.
Students from ten different countries will talk about the political, economic, and social issues affecting their nations at a conference aimed at bringing a global awareness to the UT campus. The conference will be held on November 17 at the Baker Center and is free and open to the public. The Ready for the World Committee and the College of Social Work are hosting the conference.