Life of the Mind News

Astronaut Scott Kelly Shares His Story with Freshmen

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The course of US astronaut Scott Kelly’s life was changed by reading a book. So it was especially fitting that Kelly, a UT alumnus who spent an unprecedented year in space about the International Space Station, spoke to freshmen during the annual celebration of Life of the Mind, a shared reading experience that is part of First-Year Studies 100.

UT to Welcome Newest Vols to Big Orange Country Next Week

Campus will be bustling next week with 7,100 students heading to Big Orange Country to move into residence halls for the fall semester. Move-in day for most first-year students begins at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, August 13. Classes start Wednesday, August 17.

Professor’s Book Makes New York Times Top Books of 2015 List

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Margaret Lazarus Dean’s book Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight—which has been chosen as the 2016-17 Life of the Mind book—was named one of the Top Books of 2015 by New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani.

Knoxville Immigrants Invited to Participate in ‘Unknown Americans’ Project

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The First-Year Studies program is partnering with Cristina Henriquez, the author of this year’s Life of the Mind book, The Book of Unknown Americans, and inviting the Knoxville community to participate in “The Unknown Americans Project” on Tumblr. The aim of the project is to shed light on the often untold stories of immigrants in America.