The Civil War changed a lot in America. Hundreds of thousands died. Millions of slaves were freed. And the country’s higher education system was transformed. A book by a UT history professor—which explores how the war reshaped colleges—is being honored with a prestigious book award.
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The History Channel’s Ten Things You Don’t Know About show was on campus over the weekend filming an upcoming episode that will feature UT’s The Papers of Andrew Jackson staff. The show will air on a yet-to-be-announced date in August. History Professor Dan Feller and Research Associate Professor Tom Coens participated in the shoot. The show features punk rock icon Henry Rollins as its host, looks at interesting “twists and tidbits behind the historical tales, figures, and places you only thought you knew.”
Monica Black, associate professor of history, has been named a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. This year, sixty-five ACLS fellowships were awarded to faculty to support research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The winners were selected from about 1,000 applicants.
T. R. C. Hutton, a lecturer in UT’s Department of History, has received the 2013 Weatherford Award for nonfiction for his book Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South.
Hundreds of middle and high school students from across East Tennessee gather on the UT campus today to celebrate National History Day.
Kathryn Braund, the Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn University, will visit campus on Thursday, February 27, to talk about the Creek War and its significance in American history. The lecture, “Wild, Ungovernable Young Men: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812,” will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Shiloh Room of the University Center.
Teachers are invited to learn and share ideas about how to improve teaching history at the UT’s thirty-third Workshop for Teachers of Social Studies on Saturday, February 22. The workshop, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee Historical Society, will offer lectures on historical topics that are of special interest to teachers.
Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.
This News Sentinel video features an interview with Laura-Eve Moss, one of the members of the editorial team that recently
The recent passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela caused one UT professor to recall her chance meeting with him. Catherine Higgs, professor of history and vice chair of Africana studies, met Mandela in the Johannesburg airport in February 1991, a year after he was released after serving twenty-seven years in jail for protesting against the apartheid state.