The 2014 Medal of Honor Convention, to be held in Knoxville September 10 through 13, is giving UT students special opportunities to interact with some our nation’s most honored veterans.
Center for the Study of War and Society News
The director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, Vejas Liulevicius, and center fellow Ernest Freeberg were
Kathryn Braund, the Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn University, will visit campus on Thursday, February 27, to talk about the Creek War and its significance in American history. The lecture, “Wild, Ungovernable Young Men: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812,” will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Shiloh Room of the University Center.
A federal grant and a gift from a veteran’s estate will help further the work of UT’s Center for the Study of War and Society. The center in partnership with UT Libraries has received a grant of about $19,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission toward the cost of digitizing 167 oral histories of World War II veterans from the center’s collection to put them online.
Friday was the seventy-second anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor—a day forever etched in the memory of one East Tennessee veteran who earlier this year shared his story with UT’s Center for the Study of War and Society. Durward Swanson, ninety-two, is from Georgia but now lives in Maryville. He was an eighteen-year-old member of the Army Air Corps when he arrived at Hickam Air Force Base adjacent to Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu in October 1939.
US Navy Captain Rosemary Mariner, lecturer and scholar in residence at the Center for War and Society, was a featured guest on NPR’s On Point broadcast on Veteran’s Day. The experts, which also included NPR’s Pentagon reporter Tom Bowman and MIT researcher Cindy Williams, explored the future of America’s military as it faces big cuts and big changes.
UT will celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, with its third annual National Day of Remembrance and Roll Call. The university will also create a “flag garden” on the south lawn of Ayres Hall as a visual acknowledgment of veterans, who are serving or have served, and UT Libraries will set up an exhibit of World War I and Civil War memorabilia. Members of the campus community are invited to place a flag in the flag garden in honor of a veteran. Flags can be reserved free of charge online.
Noted foreign policy expert Walter Russell Mead will visit the campus on April 2 and 3. Mead will present a lecture titled “American Strategy in the Atomic Age” at 5:00 p.m. on April 2. At noon on April 3 there will be a panel discussion on “Public Intellectuals and Blogging” featuring Mead and Glenn Reynolds, professor in the UT College of Law and author of the blog “Instapundit.”
Bing West, former assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan, will speak on campus on Tuesday, March 13. West, an author and blogger, will deliver a 5:00 p.m. lecture in the Hermitage Room of the University Center. A meet-and greet will be held at 4:00 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.