February 24, 2017

Crafting Characters: Haley's Works Shaped American Understanding of Black Identity

About 20 miles northwest of downtown Knoxville, tucked away behind a bustling interstate exit ramp, sits a 157-acre patch of tranquility known as Alex Haley Farm. Haley purchased the land in 1984 to create a retreat where he could wind down and entertain guests. As part of the area’s 40th anniversary celebration of Haley’s book Roots, UT Professor of History Jeff Norrell was invited to the serene venue for a discussion of his own book Alex Haley and the Books That Changed America. Read more...

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Duty Named to Expert Team to Advance Manufacturing Education
Chad Duty, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, will join the new Expert Educator Team to help spread the growth of advanced manufacturing education through colleges. The team was created by Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. Read more...
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Science Forum: Moersch to discuss UAVs' Role in Discovery

Studying terrestrial analogs—places on Earth that share one or more important geologic characteristics with features found on other planets—can help astronauts plan how they will explore their destination. Jeffrey Moersch, professor of earth and planetary sciences, will discuss using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) in these studies at noon today. Read more...

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Maggie Shipstead at Writers in the Library on March 6
Maggie Shipstead, a novelist and short story writer, is a visiting professor of creative writing at UT this spring. She will read from her work at 7 p.m. Monday, March 6, in the Hodges Library. Read more...
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McClung Museum to Host 'Purrs from the Past'
The McClung Museum will host a family fun day, "Purrs from the Past," celebrating the new special exhibition Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 25. Visitors can tour the new exhibition highlighting the role of cats in ancient Egypt and learn about Arab culture through crafts, traditional music and dance, Arabic writing, and food. Children affiliated with the Arab American Club will perform a traditional folk dance native to the Levant countries. Read more...
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Physics Lecture Tackles 'Big Bang Machine' Studies
This week's Saturday Morning Physics lecture will feature Professor Stefan Spanier talking about the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, and how it has enabled physicists to study fundamental laws of nature. Read more...
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Announcements
International HIV/AIDS Activist Hydeia Broadbent to Speak on Campus Tuesday Read more...
Faculty: Claim Your National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Membership Read more...
McClung Museum Object of the Week: Sterling Silver Calling Card Case, c. 1890 Read more...

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Events
Understanding the First Amendment on Campus, 1:15 p.m. Monday Read more...
Last Lecture with Jimmy Cheek, 5:30 p.m. Monday Read more...
Climbing For Justice Featuring Bree Newsome, 7 p.m. Monday Read more...

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