Tracy Kidder, author of this year’s Life of the Mind book, “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” is on campus today to speak to freshmen. Kidder will give a lecture and sign copies of his book at 7 p.m. today in the Alumni Memorial Building Cox Auditorium. Although this event is open only to university freshmen, it can be viewed via live webcast.
Life of the Mind News
Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of this year’s Life of the Mind book, “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” will visit UT Knoxville on Thursday for a lecture and book-signing. The event is open only to university freshmen and will take place at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium.
KNOXVILLE — Fifteen University of Tennessee, Knoxville, freshmen will put some of this year’s early lessons into practice this weekend
Each fall, first-year students read a common book in the Life of the Mind program. The goal of Life of the Mind is to provide a common experience for freshmen that will help them bond and grow academically, and ultimately improve their chances for success in college. An important part of Life of the Mind is participation in discussion groups led by faculty and staff members during Welcome Week.
Author and journalist Jeannette Walls will help lead the university’s Life of the Mind program by sharing details of her journey from a nomadic, and at times homeless, upbringing to her current success as a writer and television personality.
Faculty members are needed to serve as discussion leaders in the 2009 Life of the Mind program, a Welcome Week activity that gives incoming freshmen a first taste of academic life at UT.