Department of History News

Dolly Talks to New York Times About UT Course Bearing Her Name

Dolly Parton’s TV movie “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” received an Emmy nomination for best TV movie this summer. In an interview with the New York Times, she discussed her reaction to the honor, her family, and the UT course bearing her name. The course Dolly’s America, taught by Lynn Sacco, associate professor of

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Reed Publishes Chapter in New York Times-reviewed Book

Julie Reed, associate professor of history, published a chapter on the Trail of Tears in the book Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory, a collection of essays that support the photos of Andrew Lichtenstein. The New York Times reviewed the book. Read the story online.

Freeberg Pens News Sentinel Column on History of Free Speech at UT

Ernest Freeberg, head of the Department of History, penned an essay for the Knoxville News Sentinel examining the history of free speech on the UT campus. Freeberg noted that UT chancellor Charles Weaver’s decision in 1968 to veto a student committee’s invitation to comedian and activist Dick Gregory to speak on campus sparked the debate over students’ free speech rights.

Mercer Assesses End of Supreme Court Term on California-based Radio Show

William Mercer, a lecturer in the Department of History, was a guest panelist for a radio show on Santa Monica, California-based KCRW-FM, 89.9 this summer. The panel assessed the US Supreme Court at the end of its most recent term. Mercer and other panelists noted that with all nine members now in place for the next term, the

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Feller Speaks to Time Mag About Twitter and a New Political Discourse

A recent Time magazine article explored how President Donald Trump’s tweets — particularly those used to criticize others — fit into presidential history. The story quoted Daniel Feller, a UT professor of history and director of the Papers of Andrew Jackson. Thanks to the president’s unique use of Twitter, thoughts that were once revealed privately

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