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.
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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.
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.
The News Sentinel featured Derek Alderman’s research about Hurricane Katrina tattoos and how they’ve become living memorials.
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.
Derek Alderman, head of the Department of Geography, recently published a photo essay examining the intense devotion of Elvis fans and ways they express it through pilgrimage and other acts.
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
Derek Alderman spoke to Jessica Glenza of The Guardian about Nathan Bedford Forrest and how symbols from the Civil War are interpreted.
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.
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