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Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the UT Humanities Center! The arts and humanities have a venerable history at the University of Tennessee, and the UTHC builds upon this distinguished legacy. We offer programming that galvanizes creative and groundbreaking research and public dialogues about the most pressing issues of our time.

Our ten faculty and graduate-student fellows for the academic year of 2021-22 are working on an exciting range of research topics: shared language between social systems and mathematics; the Black South during Reconstruction; Buddhism on the Southern Silk Road; the art of Beauford Delaney; the history of Black banking in the South since 1865; and Lydia Maria Child and the Fight for American Democracy in the Civil War Era.  The Center creates a rich collaborative atmosphere for our fellows, at informal lunches as well as Chandler Seminars where they publicly present their research.

We have expanded our programming to include more and diverse interests. We are a member of national humanities advocacy organizations and we are starting formal collaborations with local arts and humanities venues such as the Knoxville Museum of Art. We help to fund local events such as Tennessee History Day and the high-school Ethics Bowl.

We are offering grants workshops to all faculty and, in our WriteNow program, intensive writing time in Center space.

UT faculty and graduate students can test new ideas and delve deep into research questions in our interdisciplinary, cross-college research seminars. We have added internships and summer travel grants for graduate students and research money for undergraduates, and we have expanded our public programming with a new visiting artist lecture and with our “Dialogues” series about issues of importance to our state and our region.  

More relevant today than ever before, the humanities are a vibrant territory of investigative research about past, present, and possible human cultures and values.  

If you would like to join our e-mailing list to receive information about forthcoming events, please let us know. I invite you to visit the UT Humanities Center soon and to become part of our exciting community.

Amy J. Elias 
Director, UT Humanities Center
Professor, Department of English

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