Department of English News

Professor’s Book Makes New York Times Top Books of 2015 List

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Margaret Lazarus Dean’s book Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight—which has been chosen as the 2016-17 Life of the Mind book—was named one of the Top Books of 2015 by New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani.

Lesson Inspires Students to Organize Human Trafficking Awareness Event

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A class discussion about an enslaved African prince in the 1600s has inspired a group of UT undergraduate students to help stop modern-day human trafficking. The inaugural Human Trafficking on Rocky Top event will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center. It is free and open to the public. Local experts will speak and an involvement fair will follow the presentation.

Yahoo News: The Origins of Racist Thought

Yahoo News interviewed Katy Chiles, associate professor of English, for a story regarding an idea held by most Americans and Brits between 1780s and early 1800s that race was determined by environment and diet.