Department of Geography News

NPR, News Sentinel Talk to Alderman about Confederate Monuments

Derek Alderman, a UT geography professor who studies southern memory and commemorative culture, was featured in a discussion on National Public Radio’s show A1 about Confederate monuments.  (August 16 edition) The debate over Confederate monuments and memorials often boils down to history versus hate and it’s heating up again. A group of activists in Durham,

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Alderman to Study Role of Geography, Geospatial Intelligence During Civil Rights Era

During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, activist groups used geography and geospatial intelligence—collecting geographic information and understanding its potential to effect change—to identify protest sites and plan protests. Derek Alderman, a UT professor of geography, has received a three-year $373,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore those geospatial tactics and determine what can be learned about patterns of racial inequality.

News Sentinel: Grissino-Mayer Continues to Warn Others of Future Wildfires

Henri Grissino-Mayer, James R. Cox professor in the Department of Geography and an expert in using tree rings to reconstruct past climates, has warned of megafires consuming communities along the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Grissino-Mayer was recently featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel, as he continues to warn city officials that the Smoky Mountains are 520,000 acres of kindling.

The Conversation: Why Taking Down Memorials is Only a First Step

Derek Alderman, a professor in the Department of Geography, recently co-authored an article published by the Conversation with Josh Inwood, a former UT professor who is now a faculty member at Pennsylvania State University. The article expanded on a recent decision to remove several Confederate monuments in the city of New Orleans.

News Sentinel, WBIR Feature Grissino-Mayer at Gatlinburg Wildfire City Hall Event

Dozens of Gatlinburg residents, many of them wearing matching t-shirts that read “Gatlinburg wildfire survivors,” crowded into city hall Tuesday night to voice concerns and complaints related to the November Sevier County wildfires and how they’ve been handled by the city. Among the voices heard Tuesday was Henri Grissino-Mayer, professor in the Department of Geography, who

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WUOT Interviews Tree Ring Detective Grissino-Mayer

Henri Grissino-Mayer, professor in the Department of Geography and an expert in using tree rings to reconstruct past climates, recently spoke with WUOT’s Megan Jamerson about his research.

WBIR, News Sentinel: UT Fire Expert Receives Award

The UT professor who predicted the devastating Sevier County wildfires of late last year has won an award. The university has named Henri Grissino-Mayer a James R. Cox professor, and with that comes $25,500 over the course of three years. WBIR and the Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Grissino-Mayer’s recent award.