Issues Committee News

Amnesty International to Host Human Rights Week March 24-27

The UT Amnesty International chapter will celebrate its fourth annual Human Rights Week March 24 through 27. The week will feature speakers and movies with topics ranging from abuse in the military to food justice to medical activism. All events are free and open to the public.

Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers Fame Speaks Tonight

Daniel Ellsberg

Writer, lecturer and activist Daniel Ellsberg— best known for his involvement in the Pentagon Papers trial in 1971—will speak tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Auditorium. It is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Issues Committee.

Human Rights Week to Feature Talk by Kofele-Kale

The UT Amnesty International chapter will celebrate its third annual Human Rights Week March 11 through 20 with speakers on issues ranging from due process rights in foreign lands to reproduction rights to prisoners wrongly sentenced on death row. The week will kick off with a lecture by Ndiva Kofele-Kale at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the University Center Ballroom. A former UT faculty member, Kofele-Kale is now a professor of public international law at Southern Methodist University. Kofele-Kale, who was born in Cameroon, is leading the defense team representing Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former Secretary General of the Presidency of Cameroon.

Performance Recounts Proposition 8 Battle

The chronology of California’s battle for same-sex marriage will be performed at UT. A reading of 8, a play written by Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Milk, will be staged at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, at the Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre. The one-night event is free and open to the public; tickets will be available at the door.

Leading Author on American Religion to Speak at UT Feb. 28

Author and professor Jeff Sharlet will discuss the intersection of religion and politics in America at the second annual David L. Dungan Memorial Lecture at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building. Sharlet’s lecture is titled “The Noise of Democracy: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between.”

National Leaders to Debate Same-sex Marriage at UT on October 10

As legislators and voters around the country grapple with whether and how to recognize same-sex relationships, Maggie Gallagher and John Corvino—two of the nation’s leading and opposing voices on this issue—will bring clarity and civility to this otherwise divisive topic during a debate at UT Knoxville on Monday, October 10. The event is free and open to the public.

Ralph Nader to Speak at UT March 9

The man dubbed one of the most influential figures in the United States, Ralph Nader will speak on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus, at 7:30 p.m. on March 9 at the Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building.

Scholar, Political Activist Noam Chomsky to Speak at UT Knoxville

American linguist, philosopher, scientist and political activist Noam Chomsky will speak about his career at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at in the Alumni Memorial Building Cox Auditorium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The event is free and open to the public.

‘Lost Prophet’ Author to Visit UT to Lecture on Bayard Rustin

University of Illinois at Chicago professor John D’Emilio will visit UT Knoxville on Wednesday, Feb. 24, to speak about the life and legacy of civil rights leader Bayard Rustin. “Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin” will begin at 7 p.m. in the University Center Crest Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Gen. Wesley Clark to Speak on War and Media at UT Knoxville

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark will visit UT Knoxville on Tuesday, Feb. 9, to speak on war and the media. “An Evening with Wesley Clark” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium in Alumni Memorial Building. The event is free and open to the public.