History Department Chair Ernest Freeberg’s work was cited in the podcast 99% Invisible about how street lights transformed the experience of being in a city at night. Freeberg is the author of The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America. In his book, Freeberg weaves a narrative that reaches from Coney
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Be sure to catch Ernest Freeberg, head of the history department, at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday on PBS’s American Experience. Freeberg was interviewed about Thomas Edison. In the show he profiles the inventor whose achievements include a long-lasting incandescent light bulb.
Deborah Dash Moore, director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, will deliver a talk, “Urban Origins of American Judaism,” at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10.
The History Channel’s Ten Things You Don’t Know About show featuring UT’s Papers of Andrew Jackson staff will air at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11. History Professor Dan Feller and Research Associate Professor Tom Coens were involved in the shoot with the show’s star, punk rock musician Henry Rollins. Ten Things You Don’t Know About looks at interesting “twists and tidbits behind the historical tales, figures, and places you only thought you knew.”
A noted scholar of Middle Eastern politics will visit UT on Thursday, September 25, to present a public lecture about Muslim Brotherhood’s role in Egyptian politics.
The Bearden Shopper News featured an interview with Michael Cohen, research assistant professor of history, about his book, Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War. The book explores how the war reshaped colleges.
The Civil War changed a lot in America. Hundreds of thousands died. Millions of slaves were freed. And the country’s higher education system was transformed. A book by a UT history professor—which explores how the war reshaped colleges—is being honored with a prestigious book award.
The History Channel’s Ten Things You Don’t Know About show was on campus over the weekend filming an upcoming episode that will feature UT’s The Papers of Andrew Jackson staff. The show will air on a yet-to-be-announced date in August. History Professor Dan Feller and Research Associate Professor Tom Coens participated in the shoot. The show features punk rock icon Henry Rollins as its host, looks at interesting “twists and tidbits behind the historical tales, figures, and places you only thought you knew.”
Monica Black, associate professor of history, has been named a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. This year, sixty-five ACLS fellowships were awarded to faculty to support research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The winners were selected from about 1,000 applicants.
T. R. C. Hutton, a lecturer in UT’s Department of History, has received the 2013 Weatherford Award for nonfiction for his book Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South.