Although UT will soon welcome the Class of 2016, First-Year Studies program organizers are already looking ahead to next year and want your input in selecting the common reading book for the Class of 2017. FYS has announced that its Life of the Mind program for the Class of 2017 will focus on environmental sustainability.
Life of the Mind News
The common reading selection for the Class of 2016 is Eric Liu’s “The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker,” a thematic memoir that challenges readers to consider identity as something both accidental and intentional. Faculty, staff, and graduate teaching associates are being sought to serve as discussion leaders.
An election year is the perfect time consider what it means to be American. With that in mind, UT has chosen “The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker” by Eric Liu as next year’s common reading selection for its Life of the Mind program.
The fourth and final Life of the Mind discussion panel, “Undergraduate Research at UTK: Be Inspired, Get Involved!” will help acquaint first-year students to undergraduate research being done at UT Knoxville and show them how they can get involved. The hour-long panel discussion begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, in the University Center Auditorium.
After reading “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” freshman Rachel Byrd created a painting to illustrate Lacks’ great contribution to modern medicine—and the lack of knowledge about her, as a person, in the scientific community. Byrd’s work was named the top project among the creative responses submitted as part of this year’s Life of the Mind program at UT Knoxville.
In recognition of the University of Tennessee’s fiftieth anniversary of undergraduate integration, the Life of the Mind panel discussion to be held Tuesday, September 20, will focus on “The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks: A Celebration of Fifty Years of African American and Minority Achievement.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.in the University Center auditorium.
It’s time to begin selecting a Life of the Mind book for the 2012-13 academic year—and your help is needed. Life of the Mind is a common reading experience that gives first-year students their first taste of academic life at UT Knoxville. The book is used as a tool to challenge students’ thinking and engage them in discussion about important issues and their transition to college.
“Legality and Ethics: Research and the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks at UTK” will be the topic of a Life of the Mind panel discussion on Thursday, September 8. The hour-long panel discussion, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will be held in the Alumni Memorial Building auditorium.
A young woman checked into Johns Hopkins Hospital for cancer treatment. Her cells are biopsied and, when they show traits of immortality, are sold for medical research worldwide. It sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie. In fact, it’s a true story, and the subject of the award-winning book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The book’s author, Rebecca Skloot, will visit UT Knoxville on Monday, August 15. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The 2011-2012 academic year will bring some significant changes to the Life of the Mind (LOM) program, the common reading experience that gives first-year students their initial taste of academic life at UT Knoxville. The LOM book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, written by Rebecca Skloot. For the first time, the Life of the Mind will be part of a new First-Year Studies course, FYS 100: The Volunteer Connection. This will be a zero-credit, pass-fail course that all first-year students must complete between orientation and the first few weeks of class.