Joy Harjo, an award-winning poet, musician, and author whose works reflect her Muscogee Creek tribal heritage, will be coming to UT in the fall of 2016 as the new Chair of Excellence in Creative Writing.
Department of English News
The New York Times featured Joy Harjo’s poem, Fall Song, last week. Harjo is a new faculty member in the Department of English.
WBIR-TV Channel 10 featured UT’s human trafficking awareness event in this story examining the growing problem of modern day slavery.
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 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.
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.