Department of History News

Former Diplomat Scobey Named History Department’s 2017 Outstanding Alumna

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.

UT to Host Events Remembering World War I April 6 and 7

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.

History Department to Host Symposium Exploring Intellectual Freedom

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.

UT’s New Volume of Polk Letters Sheds Light on Origin of US–Mexico Border

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.

Experts: WWI Impact on Current Events, Culture Continues 100 Years Later

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.

Feller Named to Review Team for Papers of Abraham Lincoln

UT Andrew Jackson scholar Daniel Feller has been invited to join a team of experts to review The Papers of Abraham Lincoln. The panel will make recommendations such as the best digital platform for publishing Lincoln’s papers, the project’s staffing needs, and the best organizational structure.

Historian Recaps Trump’s Speech at the Hermitage

President Donald Trump visited The Hermitage Wednesday on the 250th anniversary of Andrew Jackson’s birth to lay a wreath at his grave. UT history professor Daniel Feller stood 50 feet from him as he delivered a speech from the home’s front porch.