Wilma A. Dunaway, a professor of public and international affairs at Virginia Tech and a three-degree alumna of UT’s Department of Sociology, will return to campus on Monday, April 13, as the department’s Distinguished Alumna Speaker.
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Football fans can learn more about austerity policies before the Vols vs. Tigers football game on Saturday at the College of Arts and Science Pregame Showcase. Jon Shefner, head of the Department of Sociology, will present “Making the Cuts: Austerity Policies and Their Social Implications,” explaining the effects of spending cuts, tax hikes, and other measures governments use during adverse economic conditions.
It’s football time in Tennessee—and that means it’s also time for the College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Showcase. Now in its twenty-fourth season, the Pregame Showcase gives fans the chance to hear from esteemed faculty prior to each gridiron matchup. This year’s first showcase will be held at 4:00 p.m. this Saturday. Derek Alderman, professor and head of the geography department, will discuss “What’s In a Name? The ‘Place Politics’ of Streets Named for Martin Luther King Jr.”
Some recent graduates and seniors were recently awarded Baker Scholar medallions for completing the program sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Baker Scholars are selected via a competitive application and interview process. They propose a research project, which they complete over the course of an academic year under the mentorship of a faculty member or community professional.
Foreign policy, globalization, global security—these terms are often used in news headlines and tossed about in political debates. But what do they really mean and why are these issues important to all of us? Those questions prompted the development of Foreign Policy Week, which will be held September 10–13.
“Poverty, Energy, and the Environment” is the theme of the final mini-summit looking at various aspects of poverty to be held this semester at UT Knoxville. Four events are planned as part of the mini-summit.