Ready for the World News

UT Study: Native-like Brain Processing of Second Language Possible in University Students

Along with helping students gain a global perspective, study abroad experiences may give college students a particular kind of advantage in learning another language. Research by Harriet Bowden, an assistant professor of Spanish at UT, indicates that native-like brain processing of a second language is possible for university students.

Leadership Summit on Sustainable Development Set for October 3

The Center for Sustainable Business and Development will host the 2013 Leadership Summit on Sustainable Quality of Life from 12:40 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, in the John C. Hodges Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. During the event, commissioners from state government will discuss sustainable transportation, agriculture, environment, and business development.

Literature Center to Host Best-Selling, Globetrotting Author Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys, who now lives in Nashville, is a former music industry executive and world traveler who has been knighted by the President of Lithuania. She’s also a best-selling author. Sepetys will be at UT on Tuesday, October 8, to talk about her two best-selling books for young adults. The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by UT’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and the Knox County Public Library.

Renowned Throat-Singing Ensemble Alash to Perform October 15

Alash, a world-renowned Tuvan musical ensemble famous for throat-singing, will perform at UT on Tuesday, October 15. Tuvan throat singing is a unique practice where multiple pitches emanate simultaneously from a single performer’s voice.

Ready for the World Cafe Begins Fall Season October 3

UT’s Ready for the World Cafe is back for another season and kicks off the fall semester Thursday, October 3. The luncheons will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through December 5 in the UT Visitors Center on Neyland Drive.

New Human Rights Program Research Featured at Pregame Showcase

Before heading into Neyland Stadium to watch the Vols vs. South Alabama football game on Saturday, fans are invited to the Pregame Showcase to learn how faculty and students are exploring the causes, contexts, and consequences of contemporary crises. Tricia Hepner, associate professor of anthropology and co-director of the college’s new Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights program, will present “Anthropology as a Tool for Improving the Human Condition.”

Summer Ready for the World Cafe Offers Taste of France August 8

The Ready for the World Cafe will feature French fare on Thursday, August 8. The meal will be served family-style, with some items like appetizers displayed on the table. The cafe, which is open to the public, operates from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the UT Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive. Cost is $12, and the faculty-staff discount does not apply.

Ready for the World Cafe to Offer Lunches on August 1, 8, and 13

Fans of the international fare at the Ready for the World Cafe can still get their fix this summer during a mini session to be offered in August. The cafe will take diners on a gastronomical journey through Italy, France, and Spain starting Thursday, August 1. The meals will be served family-style, with some items like appetizers displayed on the table.