Sister Helen Prejean, the internationally known anti-death-penalty activist whose work was made into a Hollywood film, will speak at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, during Human Rights Week, April 4-8. The week’s events are sponsored by the UT Knoxville chapter of Amnesty International and the departments of Sociology and Religious Studies. The events will cover a variety of topics designed to bring awareness to human rights issues in the Knoxville community.
For some students, graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is truly a family affair. Among this year’s graduates are three sets of sisters — two sets, identical twins — who will receive their diplomas this week.
Watch ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on Sunday, Dec. 13, and you’ll see how a UT Knoxville alumna and her family’s construction company led more than 3,200 volunteers in building a house for a needy family. What you won’t see is everything that’s happened since. Anne Maleno and her family were so moved by their involvement in the project that they’ve found a way to keep on giving even though the TV cameras are long gone.
Jeremy Rifkin, president and founder of the Foundation on Economic Trends, will speak at the inaugural event for the UT Knoxville Center for the Study of Social Justice at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the University Center Ballroom. Rifkin has written 17 books on scientific and technological changes and their impact on the environment, the economy and society. Rifkin’s lecture, “Leading the Way to the Third Industrial Revolution,” focuses on the argument that society needs to radically overhaul the way in which energy is consumed.
With the goal of shedding light on society’s most pressing social issues, UT Knoxville has formed the Center for the Study of Social Justice. Based in UT’s Department of Sociology, the center provides a framework for scholars of sociology, psychology, education, social work, law, geography, political science and philosophy, among others, to collaborate on research and share insights about the conflicts, complexities and contradictions related to social justice. The center aims to produce science-based solutions for everyday problems.