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 “Freedom Riders” and their 1960s-era struggle to bring racial justice to segregated Southern states will be the subject of this year’s Charles O. Jackson history lecture at UT Knoxville, 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, in the Toyota Auditorium of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. The event is free and open to the public.
John Dillinger, perhaps the nation’s most infamous Depression-era bank robber, will be the subject of this year’s Charles O. Jackson history lecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Elliott Gorn, author and professor of history and American civilization at Brown University, will discuss “John Dillinger’s America,” at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in Room 103 of the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. The event is free and open to the public.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will help “teach the teachers” in three East Tennessee public school systems, thanks to a federal grant to improve the quality of American history teaching and learning. The grant will be used for high-quality professional development for selected middle school and high school history teachers in Anderson, Sevier and Union counties.
For some students, graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is truly a family affair. Among this year’s graduates are three sets of sisters — two sets, identical twins — who will receive their diplomas this week.
In her new book, “America’s Army: Making the All-Volunteer Force,” Temple University Professor Beth Bailey looks at how a volunteer Army has raised political, moral and social issues for our country. On Nov. 12, Bailey — a leading historian of American culture and society in the 20th century — will be at UT Knoxville to present the history department’s Charles O. Jackson Memorial Lecture. The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Shiloh Room of the University Center. A reception will follow.