UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer a free family fun day to showcase its temporary exhibit, Glass of the Ancient Mediterranean on Saturday, April 12. The family fun day will include educational activities on ancient glass and mini-tours focused on the temporary exhibit.
UT’s international organizations will sell food and artifacts and stage live performances representing their culture during the 29th annual International Festival hosted by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, International House. Cultures represented will include Japan, Turkey, Africa, Russia, China and Latin America, to name a few.
UT’s public radio station, WUOT 91.9 FM, will launch its newest program, Jazz Jam, tonight. The program is hosted by Kelle Jolly, who has made an impact in Knoxville as a singer, actress, and fashion designer.
A 1960s science laboratory will serve as the setting for the Opera Theatre’s adaptation of Mozart’s Cosí Fan Tutte, an opera about the faithfulness of women. The spring opera will be presented Thursday, April 10, Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at the Carousel Theatre.
Music professors at UT will showcase their talents during a Faculty Chamber Series Concert on Sunday, March 30. The community is invited to the 3:00 p.m. concert in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, 1741 Volunteer Boulevard. It is free and open to the public.
Next week marks the beginning of UT’s eighth annual Earth Month. “This year’s event will feature numerous student and community organizations coming together to increase awareness of what we are doing to make the campus and Knoxville a more sustainable place to live, work, and play,” said UT Sustainability Manager Preston Jacobsen.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a free stroller tour on Monday, March 10. The 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. event will focus on ancient Egyptian art.
A two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author and science journalist will receive an honorary doctorate during UT’s spring commencement ceremonies. John Noble Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony in May. The UT Board of Trustees approved the degree today at its winter board meeting held in Martin.
Former US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter will be on campus Wednesday, March 5, to deliver the semiannual Ashe Lecture sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Munter’s talk, “Beyond 2014: American Relations with Pakistan,” begins at 5:30 p.m. in the center’s Toyota Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
Don Goldstein, paleontology researcher, will present “How Can Florida’s Geological Past Help Us Prepare for the Future?” on Friday during this week’s Science Forum. The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation. The presentation begins at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.