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.
David Eichenthal, co-author of The Art of the Watchdog: Fighting Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Corruption in Government, will discuss the importance of watchdogs and government oversight in a March 27 lecture. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. In his lecture, Eichenthal will explore how government oversight and watchdogs improve government efficiency and effectiveness while also increasing public confidence.
Tsvi Kahana, associate professor of law at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, will give the Karen and Pace Robinson Lecture on Modern Israel on Tuesday, March 25. Kahana’s lecture, “Majestic Constitutionalism: The Israeli Version,” begins at 7:00 p.m. in Room 132 of the College of Law. A reception will follow. Both events are free and open to the public.
Kathryn Braund, the Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn University, will visit campus on Thursday, February 27, to talk about the Creek War and its significance in American history. The lecture, “Wild, Ungovernable Young Men: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812,” will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Shiloh Room of the University Center.
Lucas Richman, music director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, will present “Ernest Bloch: A Musical Neshuma (A Musical Soul)” at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 23, in the McClung Museum auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Richman will discuss the life and art of Bloch, a Swiss-American composer who is one of the most celebrated Jewish composers in the world of classical music.
Comparative literature scholar Catherine Brown of the University of Michigan will be on campus to deliver the tenth annual Riggsby Lecture on medieval Mediterranean history and culture. The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 7, at the Lindsay Young Auditorium in Hodges Library. It is free and open to the public.
Chris Rainier, a National Geographic photographer considered one of the leading documentary photographers today, will speak Sunday, September 22, at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Rainier’s talk, titled “Cultures on the Edge: The Race Against Time to Help Empower Traditional Cultures,” begins at 2:00 p.m.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will continue its fiftieth anniversary celebration on September 18 with a lecture about the shaping of eastern North America’s landscape. William A. Thomas, Hudnall Professor Emeritus of Geology at the University of Kentucky and visiting scientist at the Geological Survey of Alabama, will present “Eastern North American through Two Supercontinent Cycles.” The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the McClung Museum. The event is free and open to the public.
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.
Former Senator Richard Lugar will be at UT Knoxville, on Tuesday, August 27, to deliver the semiannual Ashe Lecture sponsored by the Baker Center. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the center’s Toyota Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Lugar was Indiana’s longest-serving congressman, serving from 1977 until this year.