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.
Department of History News
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.
Robert “Jeff” Norrell‘s new biography, Alex Haley and the Books That Changed a Nation, continues to garner national acclaim. The Wall Street Journal and the Atlanta Journal Constitution both recently reviewed the book, which explores Haley’s literary influence. Read the Wall Street Journal review here. (Login required.) The Atlanta Journal Constitution review is also available online.
UT’s Humanities Center has announced the upcoming lineup for its annual “Conversations and Cocktails” series, which will begin January 12.
Two UT professors have received National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. Tore Olsson, assistant professor of history, and Tina Shepardson, professor of religious studies, received $50,400 each.
The New York Times recently reviewed Alex Haley and the Books that Changed a Nation, a new biography written by Robert “Jeff” Norrell, UT professor of history.
A group of UT students spent this fall delving into the lives of Cherokees who called East Tennessee home in the 1800s, before they were forcibly removed and relocated west of the Mississippi River. The students’ research and recovery of the lost stories of Cherokee people could be translated into the Cherokee language and become children’s books.
The College of Arts and Sciences celebrated outstanding faculty with awards in diversity leadership, advising, teaching, research, academic outreach, and service on December 1 at the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony held at the Holiday Inn-Downtown.
The Knoxville Mercury published a lengthy feature about Robert “Jeff” Norrell and his latest book — the first-ever scholarly biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex Haley