Department of History News

History Channel’s Henry Rollins Films on Campus

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 Earns ACLS Fellowship for Project, Evil After Nazism

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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.

UT History Lecturer Wins Weatherford Award for Book

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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.

Center for Jacksonian America Hosts Renowned Creek War Historian

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.

UT’s Popular Workshop for History Teachers Returns

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.

Professor Recalls Chance Meeting with Mandela

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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.

UT’s Latest Volume of Jackson Papers Exposes “Most Lurid Year” in Presidency

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A woman with a dubious reputation. Presidential cabinet members at each other’s throats. A president with a conspiracy theory. It’s not a fictional story of political intrigue. It’s real-life drama—detailed through the correspondence chronicled in the ninth volume of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, recently published by the University of Tennessee Press.