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.
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.
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.
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.
East Tennessee communities are expected to grow 43 percent in the next three decades, which will likely impact the region’s water sources. UT’s Landscape Architecture Program has created a guide that will help counties address these challenges.
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.”
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.
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.
Twenty students from China are learning about sports psychology and elite athletic performance in Knoxville this summer thanks to a partnership between UT and the Shanghai University of Sport. The group, composed of undergraduate students from the Shanghai University of Sport, arrived at UT this month and will leave August 1. The English Language Institute
School’s out, and vacation time is upon us. Whether the family is planning a vacation or staycation, kids can do some vicarious globetrotting this summer by reading books. Teachers, libraries, and parents can learn more about great books for kids at The Best New Books 2013 workshop on July 19 at the East Tennessee History Center. “Summer reading is important for kids so their skills stay sharp and they’re ready to hit the ground running again when school starts back up in the fall,” said Miranda Clark, director of the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The center is co-hosting the workshop with the Knox County Public Library.