IBM surveyed leaders from thirty-three different industries in sixty countries to determine their most highly valued professional trait. The answer? Creativity. UT will celebrate creativity during the 2014-15 academic year by making creativity the theme of that year’s Life of the Mind book. A committee of faculty, staff, and students will review many books to select a common reading experience for the Class of 2018, centered on the theme of the creativity. The committee is seeking book nominations from the campus community.
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With a large first-year class expected this fall, the Life of the Mind Program needs additional faculty and staff members to serve as discussion group leaders. Life of the Mind is UT’s common reading experience for all first-year students. About thirty more faculty and staff members are needed to serve as leaders. Discussion Leader training will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on August 13 and 14. Participants can attend one of the sessions.
Faculty and staff members are invited to sign up to lead Life of the Mind small-group discussions during Welcome Week in the fall. Next year’s common reading selection is Bill McKibben’s Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. McKibben will be on campus August 19 to speak to first-year students as well as members of the university and surrounding community. Discussion leader training will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13 and 14. Discussion leaders can attend either session.
The world is “melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning” because of destructive environmental changes, and we must alter our ways if we want to keep the planet habitable for ourselves and future generations. That’s the warning from noted environmentalist Bill McKibben in his latest book, Eaarth. Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet will be next year’s Life of the Mind common reading selection for UT freshmen.
Eric Liu, author of The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, will visit campus Tuesday to address the Class of 2016. Liu will speak at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in Thompson-Boling Arena. The event is open to the public and free parking is available in G-10 parking garage.
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.
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.