The UT Libraries Diversity Committee and Office for Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a series of “Lunch and Learn” discussions surrounding the theme of difficult conversations.
Today’s elected officials could learn a lot from Senator Howard H. Baker Jr. Tennessee governors—sitting Governor Bill Haslam and his two predecessors, Phil Bredesen and Don Sundquist—concurred on this point Thursday when they met at the Baker Center for a discussion about civility, and the lack of it, in political discourse.
The university’s Office of Communications and Marketing has won several large-scale awards for its work over the past year. The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education presented six awards, including one top award, at its conference earlier this month. The office also won an international Telly award for the video “A Call for Civility.”
College students and their families know very well the value of a dollar. UT Knoxville does too, and provides strong educational value for every tuition dollar, according to The Princeton Review’s “150 Best Value Colleges for 2012″ list released today. The list ranked UT among the seventy-five best values in public higher education, and for the first time, noted UT’s commitment to diversity and civility.
A group of faculty, staff, and students at UT Knoxville and Knoxville community members have organized a conference to focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) issues. “OUTstanding: A Seminar Exploring LGBTIQ Diversity” will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, at the Black Cultural Center on the UT campus. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
As legislators and voters around the country grapple with whether and how to recognize same-sex relationships, Maggie Gallagher and John Corvino—two of the nation’s leading and opposing voices on this issue—will bring clarity and civility to this otherwise divisive topic during a debate at UT Knoxville on Monday, October 10. The event is free and open to the public.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek hosted a crowd of faculty, staff, students, and alumni in celebrating civility and community on the UT campus Friday. The day marked the formal launch of a campus-wide effort to ensure that civility is an integral part of the UT Knoxville community and what it means to be a Tennessee Volunteer. The event was part of UT’s annual International Festival.
Today kicks off a campus-wide effort to ensure that civility is an integral part of the UT Knoxville community. The Celebration of Civility and Community takes place at 11:30 a.m. today on the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center Plaza, as part of the twenty-sixth annual International Festival.
If you had just ten rules to live by to be certain that you treated everyone on campus with respect, what would they be? The university’s Task Force on Civility and Community spent time over this past year researching and discussing that question. They took a look at campuses across the nation and how they have been successful in bringing civility to the forefront among their community members.
This year’s International Festival at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will feature booths selling tantalizing food and entertainment ranging from juggling to Chinese acrobatics to Egyptian belly dancing. And, this year, the International Festival also will include a Celebration of Civility and Community, hosted by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. The festival will take place Friday, April 15.