Life of the Mind News

Input Wanted: Choosing a Life of the Mind Book for 2018-19

While Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel has already been selected as the upcoming Life of the Mind book, your input is wanted to help choose the book for 2018–19 academic year. First-Year Studies, which oversees Life of the Mind, is seeking to choose books sooner to allow more time for faculty and units

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Astronaut Scott Kelly Shares His Story with Freshmen

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

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.