The life and groundbreaking career of a famed civil rights lawyer who argued and won nine cases before the US Supreme Court is the focus of UT’s inaugural lecture series in African-American history. The Fleming-Morrow Distinguished Lecture in African-American History kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, with a look into the life of Constance Baker Motley, the first black woman appointed to the federal bench.
Department of History News
A UT history professor will discuss how the Tennessee Valley Authority’s efforts to overcome poverty in the region made a significant global footprint during the next “Conversations and Cocktails” talk from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1.
Indian Country Today interviewed history professor Dan Feller for a story that is part of a series exploring past presidents’ attitudes toward Native Americans, challenges and triumphs regarding tribes, and the federal laws and Indian policies enacted during their terms in office.
A professor and distinguished historian will discuss the idea of a Jewish State in a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 22.
John Muldowny, a longtime faculty member in the Department of History, passed away on January 27. He was 84.
The New York Times Sunday Book Review featured Robert “Jeff” Norrell’s latest biography.
Julie Reed’s project to help recover the lost stories of Cherokee people who lived in East Tennessee continues to garner media attention. Several regional outlets shared stories with their readers about Reed’s effort.
A history professor will explore the effect of Islam on Christian Europeans—and by extension the West in general—during the next “Conversations and Cocktails” talk on Tuesday, February 2.
The letters of James K. Polk offer a glimpse into the proceedings of one of the most significant yet least-known US presidents, during whose term the country increased in geographical size by one-third. The public can now access thirty years of Polk’s writings due to the online publication of all twelve volumes of the Correspondence of James K. Polk series.
UT historian Julie Reed worked with students last fall to research and recover the lost stories of Cherokee people. The stories will eventually be translated into the Cherokee language and become children’s books. Indian Country Today featured this project on its website.