Ready for the World News

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.

Chinese Students Take Sports Studies through UT Summer Program

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

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Have Book, Can Travel: UT Center Offers Summer Reading Ideas for Kids

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.

Ready for the World Café Ends with Spanish-Italian Fusion Meal

UT’s Ready for the World Café at will conclude its culinary journey with a Spanish-Italian fusion meal on Thursday, May 2. The café operates from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the UT Visitors Center. Cost is $12, and the faculty-staff discount does not apply. For tickets and reservations, call 865-974-6645, or e-mail

Time to Submit Items for Ready for the World Fall Passport

It’s time to submit your events, activities, speakers, and programs to be included in the Ready for the World Passport for the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year. Faculty, staff, and students are urged to use an electronic form to quickly and easily provide information about events related to the international and intercultural initiative. In order to produce the Passport in time for the start of the fall semester, information about your unit’s fall programs is needed by Friday, May 17.

Islamic Studies Expert to Discuss US and Muslim World Relations After 9/11

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.