News from Our Colleges

UT to Host Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Oct. 4

Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, will speak at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, as part of the Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by UT’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Cole’s lecture, “The Case for Diversity and Inclusion,” will take place in the Grand Pavilion Ballroom.

Recent Graduate Recognized in ‘Junior Nobel Prize’ Competition

A recent UT graduate has been recognized as a highly commended entrant by the Undergraduate Awards program—dubbed the “junior Nobel Prize”—for his paper in the philosophy category. Duncan Cordry, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of New Mexico, has been honored for his paper on whether people have free will and, in particular, what conditions they must meet in order to act freely.

Students Complete 1,157-Mile Tour of the Tennessee River

Image of the Tennessee River in Savannah, Tennessee, taken by the UT School of Landscape Architecture's drone during the 2016 river tour.

Four states, five days, 1,157 miles, and all the catfish they could eat. A dozen College of Architecture and Design students have completed their tour of the Tennessee River, but their work has just begun. They traveled along the Tennessee River through Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky to understand the influences and impacts on the river system.

UT Co-Hosts Stargazing Party in Calhoun County, West Virginia, September 30–October 2

Amateur and professional stargazers alike are invited to watch the nighttime sky during an event in Calhoun County, West Virginia, from September 30 to October 2. A partnership that includes UT will present the third annual Calhoun Stargaze at Calhoun County Park. The park boasts one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States.

Leading Water Resource Expert Jerad Bales to Speak at UT

Jerad Bales

Jerad Bales, one of the world’s leading water resource experts, will address growing concerns and issues related to water availability, challenges, and safety at at 3:30 p.m. Monday, September 26 in Room 410 of the John D. Tickle Engineering Building. The event is free and open to the public.

World Renowned Opera Singer, Renée Fleming, Teaches UT Alumna

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Alumna Alexandria Shiner got the chance to study with renowned opera singer Renée Fleming over the summer in Chicago. Shiner was chosen from hundreds of applicants to participate in the National Association of Teachers of Singing master class, a small workshop at which Fleming mentored Shiner and three other students.

Student Launches Vintage UT Apparel Company

Baker Donahue, left, and Will Reynolds wearing vintage UT shirts.

What’s old is new again for Franklin, Tennessee, native Baker Donahue, a junior in communication studies at UT. His newly founded company, In With the Old, specializes in finding vintage UT apparel and reselling it on Instagram.