Department of English News

Visiting English Scholar to Lecture on Campus This Week

The UT Knoxville Department of English is sponsoring a series of events this week featuring Richard Halpern, professor of English at Johns Hopkins University. Halpern will lecture on “Greek Theater and Democratic Thought: Arendt to Rancière,” on Thursday, March 18, and will lead a seminar on his recent essay, “Hamlet and the Political Economy of Playing,” on Friday, March 19.

U.S. Poet Laureate to Visit UT Knoxville

The nation’s most highly regarded poet will visit UT Knoxville this month for a poetry reading and book-signing event. Kay Ryan, the 2008-2009 U.S. Poet Laureate, will read and talk about her poetry at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the University Center auditorium. A book-signing event will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

UT’s James Agee Celebration Continues With Exhibits, Lectures, Film Screenings

The James Agee Centennial Celebration, a monthlong series of events marking the 100th birthday of the Knoxville native and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, screenwriter, journalist, author and poet, continues this weekend with exhibits, lectures and film screenings that explore the connections between Agee, photojournalist Walker Evans and former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

UT to Hold Month-long Celebration of James Agee Beginning Oct. 23

UT Knoxville will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of James Agee, the Knoxville native and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, screenwriter, journalist, author and poet, with four weekends of events, including a film festival, lectures, exhibitions and a concert and picnic. The James Agee Centennial Celebration begins Friday, Oct. 23, and wraps up on Sunday, Nov. 22.