WBIR-TV Channel 10 featured a UT history class that studied the life of entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton as a way to understand history. Taught by Lynn Sacco, associate professor of history, the class studied Parton’s autobiography, listened to her music, and watched her films to learn the ins and outs of this universal icon.
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Daniel Feller, professor of history, recently spoke with WGBH-TV in Boston about the similarities between the 1828 election Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams and this year’s presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Ernest Freeberg, head of the UT Department of History, and Daniel Feller, professor of history, penned an opinion-editorial for the Knoxville News Sentinel to add to the current conversation in the state over proposed changes to K-12 social studies standards.
WUOT 91.9 FM recently interviewed Dan Feller, professor of history, about the political battles brewing during Andrew Jackson’s presidency and the release of a new volume of the Papers of Andrew Jackson.
The year 1832 was pivotal in Andrew Jackson’s presidency. He defeated Henry Clay to secure a second term and launched the policies that came to define his administration and his legacy. These moments are among many captured in the latest volume of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, a UT project dedicated to transcribing and publishing the president’s entire written record.
Shannen Dee Williams, assistant professor of history, recently published an essay in History News Network examining Georgetown University’s connection to black nuns and its role in advancing racial justice in the Catholic Church
Distinguished historian Elliott West will explore changes in the American West prior to Lewis and Clark’s famous 1804 expedition during a talk Monday, October 3.
WBIR-TV Channel 10 interviewed History Professor Ernest Freeberg and doctoral student Josh Hodge about a project they are spearheading: The Cas Walker Stories Project, which seeks to tell stories of Cas Walker through Knoxville residents. Cas Walker was a politician, businessman, and legend in East Tennessee.
The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a grant for more than $200,000 to UT’s Department of History for the James K. Polk Project, as reported by the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Area high school teachers will have the opportunity to learn best teaching practices on subjects ranging from the American Revolution to the Trail of Tears at a program hosted by the Department of History on Saturday, September 10.