Department of Geography News

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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McClung Museum Receives Large Gift of Rare Maps

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Almost 200 rare maps of Europe and other parts of the world created between the 1500s and 1800s now belong to UT. The McClung Museum recently received the large gift from private donors.

At Virginia’s Liberia Plantation, growing interest in lives of its slaves

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The Washington Post interviewed Derek Alderman for an article about a plantation in Virginia. The story talked with Alderman, head of the university’s geography department, about his research into how the representation of Southern slavery at tourism sites is changing. The research is using plantations to understand ongoing debates about race relations, racism, and white

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Professor Uses Plantations to Examine Race in America

WBIR-TV

WBIR-TV interviewed Derek Alderman about his new research project. Alderman, head of the university’s geography department, has received $62,000 from the National Science Foundation to study how the representation of Southern slavery at tourism sites is changing. The research will use plantations to understand ongoing debates about race relations, racism, and white supremacy within the

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UT professor shows how cities honor MLK through roads

WBIR-TV

Research by Derek Alderman, head of the department of geography, was featured by WBIR-TV. More than forty years after the assassination of the biggest leader of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., there are places named to honor his legacy around the country. Alderman studies this phenomenon and talked about what it says

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Professor Uses Plantations to Examine Race in America

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As the nation pauses to recognize civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. next Monday, a UT professor is reflecting on the country’s racial history in a different way—by examining plantations.

Many Geographers Honored at Annual Conference

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The Department of Geography was a force to be reckoned with at the Southeastern division of the Association of American Geographers annual meeting held in November in Athens, Georgia. For the second straight year, the department received multiple awards.