College of Arts and Sciences News

History Professor to Appear on PBS’s American Experience

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Be sure to catch Ernest Freeberg, head of the history department, at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday on PBS’s American Experience. Freeberg was interviewed about Thomas Edison. In the show he profiles the inventor whose achievements include a long-lasting incandescent light bulb.

Professor Uses Plantations to Examine Race in America

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As the nation pauses to recognize civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. next Monday, a UT professor is reflecting on the country’s racial history in a different way—by examining plantations.

Telling Stories in a Tennessee Coal Town

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Professor Rob Heller is featured in The New York Times for his photography class, which has turned into a twenty-two-year project documenting the town of LaFollette, Tennessee. There wasn’t much of a photography program when Heller arrived at the university. A few of his students became professional photographers, but he worked hard to teach them how to see and tell stories.