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.
Humanities Center News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.