Ernest Freeberg, head of the Department of History, penned an essay for the Knoxville News Sentinel examining the history of free speech on the UT campus. Freeberg noted that UT chancellor Charles Weaver’s decision in 1968 to veto a student committee’s invitation to comedian and activist Dick Gregory to speak on campus sparked the debate over students’ free speech rights.
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Reader’s Digest recently featured Ernest Freeberg, head of the Department of History, in an article titled “18 History Lessons Your Teacher Lied to You About.” In this article, Reader’s Digest sets the record straight for many misconceptions that are relayed to students as they grow up. One of these common misconceptions is that Thomas Edison invented the
The Department of History brings local high school students to campus as part of its Bridge Program, an outreach initiative that connects UT history faculty with Advanced Placement US history students at Knox County’s Austin-East and Fulton High Schools.
Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, Lindsay Young Professor in the Department of History and director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, was recently a guest columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel. Liulevicius recounts how the world reacted to America’s entry to the Great War in 1917. Two million Americans went over to
Global politics, US civil liberties, and the popularity of wristwatches and trench coats all have their roots in a transformative but often forgotten moment in history: World War I. As the centennial of America’s entry into the First World War approaches in April, Vejas Liulevicius and Ernie Freeberg, two experts from UT’s Department of History, reflect on the how the conflict’s impact continues to be felt today.
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.
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.
Minnesota Public Radio featured Ernest Freeberg’s talk about how the lightbulb changed nearly everything about American life.
Ernest Freeberg, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at UT, will present “The Age of Edison: How the Electric Light Created Modern America” on March 3 in the Conversations and Cocktails series.
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