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The UT Humanities Center helps promote humanities scholarship but also advocates for the humanities in public life. We support faculty, student, and regional programming by UT faculty that is designed to educate the public about what the arts and humanities can offer. Departments, programs, and programming organizers at the University of Tennessee are welcome to request co-sponsorship from the UT Humanities Center. The Center receives requests on a rolling basis. It has limited funds, so it is helpful for organizers to make their requests as early as possible in the planning process. Requests should be directed to the Director at

Please include in the request:

    • Name of event and brief note on its programmatic or research purpose and expected audience
    • List of other co-sponsors requested and/or confirmed and in what dollar amounts.

We also financially support ongoing programs that bring the humanities out of the classroom and into the vibrant and varied public sphere. Below are some of the ongoing programs we help to sponsor on and off the University of Tennessee campus.

The Tennessee Value and Agency Conference

The Tennessee Value and Agency (TVA) conference was begun by the UT Philosophy Department in 2012 and is now an annual event aimed at encouraging philosophical conversation about topics pursued by established research clusters in the Department. 

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East Tennessee History Day

The UT History Department faculty and graduate students participate in the regional National History Day competition each year. This is one of several partnerships between the department and the East Tennessee Historical Society that serves to encourage history education in the state. Over 300 middle and high school students present their research, with the winners heading to state and perhaps national rounds of competition.

Ethics Bowl

First established in 2010, the Ethics Bowl is a full-day competition hosted by the UT Philosophy Department in downtown Knoxville. The goal of this educational outreach program is to foster critical thinking and moral reasoning skills and to instill key intellectual and civic virtues in the democratic leaders of tomorrow. In 2017, the Ethics Bowl welcomed 16 teams from 13 high schools across east Tennessee.

One-time Conferences and Symposia at UT

The UT Humanities Center financially contributes to one-time conferences and symposia on the UT campus, including those co-hosted by our own faculty research seminars.

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