This week’s College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Showcase features Dr. Tina Shepardson, associate professor of religious studies. She will present “The Bible Tells Me So: The Politics of Biblical Interpretation,” as she examines some of the complicated conscious and unconscious choices people make in interpreting Christian scripture.
Faculty Showcase News
As football season begins, one of UT’s game day traditions — the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pregame Showcase — kicks off another year. Twenty-one years after the showcase was created, it is still introducing football fans to some of UT’s most exceptional faculty members. Showcases begin two hours before home game kickoffs in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center ballroom.
Michael Lofaro, professor of English, will lead this week’s College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Faculty Showcase. His presentation, “James Agee at 100: A Centennial Celebration,” is part of the month long celebration, which has included lectures, concerts and a museum exhibit about the prolific author and his work.
Larry McKay, head of UT Knoxville’s earth and planetary sciences department, will lead this week’s College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Faculty Showcase. The presentation focuses on McKay’s research of the movement of viruses and bacteria in groundwater and streams. McKay’s presentation, “Germs and Geology: Emerging Issues in Waterborne Pathogen Research,” will begin at 5 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 7, in the University Center ballroom on UT’s campus.
This week’s College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Faculty Showcase will take football fans to the stage and screen to explore careers in the entertainment industry. Set for 5:45 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, the session, All ‘Stars’: UT Actors Seek Fame and Fortune on Stage and Screen will examine the challenges actors face in the business and how UT works to prepare them for those challenges. The presentation, led by Jed Diamond, associate professor and head of acting in the department of theatre, will be in the University Center Ballroom.
The Oct. 10 College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Faculty Showcase focuses on a UT Knoxville biology professor’s work to visualize human proteins on a scale too small for even the most powerful microscopes. Cynthia Peterson, professor and head of the department of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, will lead the discussion “Building a Biological Camera: 3D Snapshots of a Protein.” Peterson’s work to view proteins on the nanoscale is important because the tiny proteins play an important role in blood coagulation, immunity, infectious disease, neurobiology and cancer.
Gregory Stuart, associate professor of psychology, will lead a discussion on the link between substance abuse and partner violence at the College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Faculty Showcase at UT Knoxville. This week’s presentation takes place Saturday, Oct. 3, before the UT home game against Auburn University. It begins at 5:45 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Faculty Showcase continues this week with Aleydis Van de Moortel, associate professor of classics. She will lead a discussion on her archaeological work from the prehistoric site of Mitrou, Greece, this Saturday, Sept. 26, before the Vols home game against Ohio University. It begins at 5 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.
The UT Knoxville College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Faculty Showcase continues Saturday, Sept. 12, with a presentation by Louis Gross, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and mathematics. The presentation, “Computational Ecology: Environmental Problem-solving for the 21st Century,” will include information on Gross’s research and will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday in the University Center Ballroom before the Vols’ home game against the UCLA Bruins.
As UT football enters a new era this season, another beloved campus tradition — the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pregame Faculty Showcase — celebrates its 20th anniversary. The program begins Saturday before the Vols’ home opener against Western Kentucky University with “Master Class-less: BeaUTy and the Beats,” a showcase led by UT Director of Opera Carroll Freeman.