Department of History News

Bing West to speak at UT’s Thirteenth Annual Charles W. Johnson Lecture

Bing West, former assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan, will speak on campus on Tuesday, March 13. West, an author and blogger, will deliver a 5:00 p.m. lecture in the Hermitage Room of the University Center. A meet-and greet will be held at 4:00 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Best-selling Grammar, Writing Guide by Late UT Professor Celebrates 70th Anniversary

A best-selling handbook that for decades has influenced the teaching and learning of writing—and was created by a late UT professor—is celebrating its seventieth anniversary. “The Hodges Harbrace Handbook,” produced by John C. Hodges in 1941, is one of the most widely used grammar reference books at colleges and universities in the United States, as well as one of the oldest.

UT to Host Lecture, Music Performance Honoring Lumbee Indians Nov. 20

The history of the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries will be explored next week through a public lecture and concert at UT Knoxville. The Lumbee music group “Dark Water Rising,” winners of a 2010 Native American Music award, will perform from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 20, in the University Center auditorium.

DeParle Recalls Favorite Faculty

In today’s video, alumna Nancy-Anne DeParle, President Barack Obama’s former deputy chief of staff, reminisces about some of her favorite UT faculty.

UT Professor Puts Father-Daughter Incest under Investigation

With the debut of actress Mackenzie Phillips’ new book alleging her sexual relationship with her father, incest suddenly has become the subject of television talk shows and water-cooler discussions. Such frank talk may be uncommon, but the problem has been around forever. Lynn Sacco, an assistant professor of history at UT Knoxville, in July published her first book, “Unspeakable: Father-Daughter Incest in American History.” In the book, Sacco used sources from medicine, law, social reform and popular culture to document both the occurrence of incest and the noisy silence around the subject.