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.
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The Nashville Scene highlighted Margaret Lazarus Dean’s recent book, Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight.
The International Journal of Nuclear Security, a peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly articles and research related to all aspects of nuclear security, is now available online and free to the public.
With the start of the academic year, nine new department heads have now taken their posts.
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s a horror-ably good time to talk about being frightened. UT Graduate Teaching Associate Jeremy Locke gets to do that four times a week, as part of his job. Locke teaches Inquiry Into Horror, a section of English 102, a general education course that focuses on intensive research and writing. As a PhD student, Locke is intrigued by the links between horror novels and historically great literature.
The Department of English is working to recruit some of the best writers in the country to enroll in its newly created Master of Fine Arts program, which will begin offering classes this fall. Marilyn Kallet, director of the Creative Writing Program and the Nancy Moore Goslee Professor of English, says she looks forward to the MFA program’s inaugural class.
Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.
Six acclaimed writers with connections to UT will read and perform their work at Ijams Nature Center on Sunday, September 22. “Letters to the Earth: Songs and Poems of Conservation” will feature Jesse Graves, Marilyn Kallet, Jeff Daniel Marion, Linda Parsons Marion, R. B. Morris, and Arthur Smith. They are all either UT faculty, staff, or alumni.
Elizabeth Gilbert became a writer-in-residence at UT after an epic journey around the world that would inspire her 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love and a subsequent movie of the same title. While at UT in spring 2005, she was a visiting writer in the Department of English and taught a class called “Location, Location, Location: Sense of Place in Fiction.” Gilbert returns to Knoxville for one evening this fall and will appear at the historic Tennessee Theatre.
From medieval poetry to Greek myths, Marilyn Kallet has drawn inspiration from many sources. Kallet, a UT English professor, has a new book coming out this year. She will share both her inspiration and her work with the community as part of the Writers in the Library series on April 15. The reading will be in the Hodges Library Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.