A UT honors course designed to help students analyze popular culture as a historical source by using the life of singer-songwriter Dolly Parton has garnered widespread national media attention. Even the famed entertainer called the course “a blessing.”
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Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, Lindsay Young Professor in the Department of History and director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, was recently a guest columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel. Liulevicius recounts how the world reacted to America’s entry to the Great War in 1917. Two million Americans went over to
Nearly 250 students from around the region took part in the 2017 East Tennessee History Day, a competition that gives young people a chance to demonstrate their knowledge of history through research. WATE-TV Channel 6 highlighted the competition.
Daniel Feller, professor in the department of history and director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, was recently interviewed by two national media outlets on President Trump’s admiration of President Andrew Jackson.
Margaret Scobey, a longtime public servant and former US ambassador to Syria and Egypt, has been named the UT Department of History’s outstanding alumna for 2017. She will be celebrated during the history department’s annual honors ceremony at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, at the Frieson Black Cultural Center.
Visiting scholar Greg Grandin will discuss slavery in novelist Herman Melville’s America when he delivers the annual Milton M. Klein Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20.
UT’s Center for the Study of War and Society will remember the legacies of World War I with a series of events this spring. Programming includes two talks April 6 at the Blount County Public Library and an April 7 program at UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.
UT’s Department of History will host a symposium Monday, April 10, exploring the history and future of intellectual autonomy on college campuses. The event, which will feature a panel of faculty members from various UT departments, will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the College of Law Auditorium, Room 132. It is free and open to the public.
Newly published letters of President James K. Polk shed light on the end of the Mexican War and the origin of the current US–Mexico border. Volume 13 of The Correspondence of James K. Polk, which comprises letters from August 1847 to March 1848, was published today by the University of Tennessee Press.
Global politics, US civil liberties, and the popularity of wristwatches and trench coats all have their roots in a transformative but often forgotten moment in history: World War I. As the centennial of America’s entry into the First World War approaches in April, Vejas Liulevicius and Ernie Freeberg, two experts from UT’s Department of History, reflect on the how the conflict’s impact continues to be felt today.