Humanities Center News

Humanities Center Lecture Series Begins September 3 with Art Scholar


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.”

Humanities Center Announces New Class of Fellows

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.

Expert Discusses Historical Equestrian Theatre April 4 at UT


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.

Humanities Center Lecture Series Resumes with Look at Chinese Emperor


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.

Heffernan Wins MLA Prize

Tom Heffernan, the Kenneth Curry Professor in the Humanities and director of the UT Humanities Center, has won the Modern Language Association Prize for a Scholarly Edition. The award is for his edition of The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity. He will receive the prize, announced earlier this month, at the association’s annual convention in Chicago.

Humanities Center Lecture Series Features Civil War Historian

The liberation of four million men, women, and children from slavery in the United States is often told as a one-man, one-moment story. But, in fact, it took many people and much behind-the-scenes work to accomplish emancipation. Amy Murrell Taylor, an associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky, will focus on the untold story of freedom when she speaks on Tuesday, October 15.

Prominent Scholar Martha Nussbaum to Speak at Humanities Lecture Series

Noted scholar and philosopher Martha Nussbaum will talk about religious intolerance at the UT Humanities Center lecture on Monday, September 16. Nussbaum, the Ernest Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, will present “The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear.” Her talk will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom, followed by a brief reception.

Humanities Center Welcomes Prominent Scholars for Lecture Series

Religious intolerance. Chinese history. Slave emancipation. These are among the topics that will be addressed by prominent scholars in the second annual lecture series presented by the UT Humanities Center. The series kicks off Monday, September 9, with Philippe Buc, a history professor at the University of Vienna, whose lecture is entitled “The Sacred and the Secular: Conflict and the Creation of a Moral World.” His talk will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Hodges Library’s Lindsay Young Auditorium.

New Humanities Center Kicks-Off with Renowned Philosopher

Advancing the humanities and their central role in education and our culture is the primary goal of UT’s new humanities center. A public celebration is planned to formally open the center at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the McClung Museum in UT’s Circle Park. The event will feature Princeton philosophy professor Kwame Anthony Appiah who will present “The Life of Honor.”

UT Ranks Eighth in Nation for NEH Humanities Fellowships

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is a national leader in National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) research fellowships for university professors. According to data recently published by the NEH on fellowships received from 2005 to 2012, UT ranks eighth in the nation, with ten fellowship awards.