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History Department Chair Ernest Freeberg’s work was cited in the podcast 99% Invisible about how street lights transformed the experience of being in a city at night. Freeberg is the author of The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America. In his book, Freeberg weaves a narrative that reaches from Coney

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UT to Host Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl

Fifteen teams from thirteen East Tennessee high schools will compete at the sixth annual Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl. The daylong competition is sponsored by UT’s Department of Philosophy and the Humanities Center.

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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WBIR-TV interviewed Derek Alderman about his new research project. Alderman, head of the university’s geography department, has received $62,000 from the National Science Foundation to study how the representation of Southern slavery at tourism sites is changing. The research will use plantations to understand ongoing debates about race relations, racism, and white supremacy within the

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UT professor shows how cities honor MLK through roads

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Research by Derek Alderman, head of the department of geography, was featured by WBIR-TV. More than forty years after the assassination of the biggest leader of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., there are places named to honor his legacy around the country. Alderman studies this phenomenon and talked about what it says

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How Bats Can Help And Hurt You

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Gary McCracken, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was a guest on the NPR radio show “On Point with Tom Ashbrook.”  On the call-in show, he discussed bats, Ebola, and bat conservation. McCracken is one of the nation’s leading bat experts. His research focuses on animal behavior and interactions with their environments. His current work

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