Department of Geography News

Retired Professor is Honorary Slovenian Consul, Home is Consulate


For Lydia Pulsipher, a retired UT geography professor, sharing her Slovenian culture is a way of life. Since 2010, Pulsipher has served as honorary consul of the Republic of Slovenia for Tennessee—and she’s opened her home to serve as the consulate.

USA Today Interviews Inwood about Student Activist Movements


USA Today interviewed Joshua Inwood, associate professor of geography with a joint appointment in the Africana Studies Program, for this story examining how protests over racism at a Midwestern university is a wake-up call for campuses nationwide and signals a new sense of racial consciousness.

Six Things You Should Know about Geography

Kelsey Ellis

Geography is more than maps, terrains, and places. It’s also history, climate change, human rights, population, transportation, and human behavior. With Geography Awareness Week beginning today, here’s a look at some fascinating—and very diverse—research being done by UT geographers.

Hurricane Katrina Tattoos a Form of Coping, Storytelling Ten Years Later


Tattoos are increasingly a popular way to acknowledge trauma or pay tribute to the dead, a place, or a life-changing event. For survivors of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, tattoos are becoming a form of storytelling and a tool of coping and healing, according to a UT cultural geographer.

National Journal: Confronting Stone Mountain

Derek Alderman, head of the UT Department of Geography, spoke to the National Journal about the Confederate memorial carving on Stone Mountain and other symbols like it, and a proposed movement to add to–rather than remove–controversial monuments. In the article, he describes it as “symbolic accretion,” where one layers memories or messages on top of each other. “We

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Study Could Improve Safety for Cyclists, E-Bikes

A study by UT researchers could soon change the way electric bicycles are used and regulated. Led by Chris Cherry, the group took one of the first in-depth looks at how the behavior of e-bike riders compares to that of traditional bikers.

McClung Museum Rare Maps in the news

Knoxville News Sentinel

The  McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture has received a gift of almost 200 rare maps of Europe and other parts of the world created between the 1500s and 1800s. The large gift came from private donors. The News Sentinel recently published a story about the maps. Read it here. (login required) Other media outlets also

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