For centuries, philosophers have studied why people do the things that they do, with many basing their studies on Immanuel Kant’s moral theory. Karl Ameriks, a professor at the University of Notre Dame, will talk about morality and autonomy on November 21 when he gives the next Humanities Center Distinguished Lecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1210 in McClung Tower.
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As we learn more about climate change, we learn more about human history. Nicola Di Cosmo, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will talk about this link at the next Humanities Center Distinguished Lecture, 4:00 p.m. Monday, November 10, in Room 1210 of the McClung Tower.
A celebrated classical historian from the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton will visit UT on Monday, October 13, to talk about two third-century mosaics that provide compelling archaeological evidence for the earliest Christian church.
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 John C. Hodges Trustees have gifted the Humanities Center with $200,000—the largest single gift awarded by the trustees and largest ever to the center. The funds will go into an endowment that supports center activities for faculty and students. The Hodges Trustees are full and emeritus professors of the Department of English.
The UT Humanities Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series this week features an expert who will offer advice on winning research fellowships. Paul Erickson, the director of academic programs at the American Antiquarian Society, will speak at 3:30 p.m. on September 12 in the Tennessee Humanities Center Seminar Room in Melrose Hall.
American art scholar Alexander Nemerov will kick off the UT Humanities Center’s third annual Distinguished Lecture Series on September 3. Nemerov’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is entitled “Lewis Hine in the Southeast: Child Labor Photographs, 1908–1912.”
The UT Humanities Center has announced its third class of fellows for fall 2014. The faculty and graduate student fellowship recipients will be afforded a full year in the Humanities Center to pursue their respective research projects. “The humanities are crucial to our development as thoughtful citizens capable of thinking critically in an ever increasingly complex world. Our knowledge of our historical traditions is an indispensable guide to an enlightened future,” said Thomas Heffernan, director of the Humanities Center.
The social impact of horses in nineteenth-century theatre will be discussed at a free lecture with Professor Kim Marra from the University of Iowa on Friday, April 4. The event, “Riding the Nineteenth Century: Théâtre Equestre Zingaro’s Historical Performances,” begins at 3:30 p.m. in 1210 McClung Tower. Marra is a professor of theatre arts and American studies whose training and experience with equestrian triathlons put her in a unique position to discuss cross-species relations within theatre and history.
The second annual Humanities Center Lecture Series resumes March 10 with a scholar who will take a fresh look at a tumultuous but talented ancient Chinese emperor. Patricia Buckley Ebrey, a history professor at the University of Washington, will present “Emperor Huizong: Daoist, Poet, Painter, Captive” at 3:30 p.m. in the Black Cultural Center.