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Big Orange Give Zoomathon
Fall 2020

We are excited to host our first UTHC
Big Orange Give Zoomathon

November 18, 2020
8 AM to 5 PM
via Zoom

At 8 a.m., we’ll kick off our Zoomathon from the UT Humanities Center. Throughout the day, on Zoom, we’ll conduct virtual tours of our new facility, feature messages from UT humanities faculty, give you access to faculty lectures, and introduce you to some of our programs and supporters! You can talk with UTHC Director Amy Elias throughout the day to learn more about what the UTHC offers to our students, faculty, and region.

If you attended any of our terrific public events this year, you know we are working hard to create programming that speaks to our campus and our region. Maybe you saw the talk by Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, or the dialogue between a VP of Google and the Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Perhaps you attended our Public Books Circle book group this past spring, or the Delaney/Baldwin symposium events held as part of the Delaney Project consortium. Perhaps you have been a recipient of one of our fellowships or grants.

Join us on FB Live at our UTHC page and visit with Director Amy Elias or ask questions about our programs! We hope that you will be inspired to give to the UT Humanities Center on November 18 to support nine arts and humanities departments and help us to serve our students, support our faculty, and provide resources to our regional communities.

Join us online!

Schedule: November 18, 2020

(check our Twitter and Facebook sites for updates)



Title of Session

8:00 –8:15 AM

Director Amy Elias

What have we been up to at the UTHC?

8:15-8:30  AM

Director Amy Elias

Tour of the Humanities Center with Director Amy Elias

9:00-9:15 AM

Lisi Schoenbach, English
Harrison Meadows, Dept. Of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (Spanish)
Justin Arft, Dept. Of Classics
Brandon Winford, History

Hear about our Humanities research!
A Discussion with Humanities Professors

10:00-10:15 AM

Aleydis Van de Moortel, Classics
Mary McAlpin, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (French)
Tina Shepardson, Religious Studies

Visit with UT Humanities Department Heads!

11:00-11:15 AM

Lorraine Herbon, History, and UTHC Graduate Fellow
Jeffrey Pannekoek, Philosophy
Alex Richardson, Philosophy and National High School Ethics Bowl director

What does the UTHC offer Graduate Students?

11:30-12:30 PM

Chris Magra, Professor of History and UTHC Faculty Fellow

Hear a lecture about history!
Chandler Seminar Lecture: “Unfree Food: Slavery and the Carceral Production of Chocolate in Early America”

1:00-1:15 PM

Maria Stehle, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (German), and UTHC Fellow
Stephen Collins-Elliott, Classics, and UTHC Fellow
Dawn Coleman, English, and UTHC Fellow

Hear about our Humanities research!
A Discussion with 2020-21 UTHC Faculty Fellows

1:30-1:45 PM

Katy Chiles, English

Take a 15-minute Seminar with a Professor!
“Critical Race Theory and Literary Studies: Studying Poets Phillis Wheatley and Nikky Finney”

2:00-2:15 PM

Theresa Lee, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Meet the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

2:30-2:45 PM

Jacob Latham, History
Gina Di Salvo, Theatre
Melinda Backer, English
Harriet Bowden, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, and UTHC Fellow

Hear about our Humanities research!
A Discussion with Humanities Professors

3:00-3:30  PM

Tori Lane, Ph.D. student in English, and UTHC Graduate-Student Fellow

Hear a Talk by a 2020-21 UTHC Graduate Student Fellow!
“Queer Embodiment(s) in Contemporary Poetry”

4:00-4:15 PM

Misty Anderson, English
Ernest Freeberg, History
Mariam Thalos, Philosophy

Visit with our UT Humanities Department Heads!

5:00-5:15 PM

John Chandler, legal arbitration expert and UTHC supporter

Why should alumni and the public support the UTHC?

The arts and humanities matter at the University of Tennessee. We hope you will join us on November 18 and give generously to the UT Humanities Center as part of Big Orange Give.

For more information, contact us at or 865-974-4222.

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