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Past Distinguished Speakers

Listed below are some of the speakers that the UT Humanities Center has hosted in the past. Click on the highlighted links to see the video of the lecture.

Dr. Laurent Dubois
Professor of Romance Studies and History and Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics
Duke University
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Title: "On the Trail of the Banjo: America’s African Instrument"
Dr. Dubois was invited to the University of Tennessee by Tore Olsson (History)

"On the Trail of the Banjo: America’s African Instrument"

Dr. Dena Goodman
Lila Miller Collegiate Professor of History and Women’s Studies
University of Michigan
Monday, October 2, 2017
Title:  “Building a Successful Life and Career in the Wake of the French Revolution”
Dr. Goodman was invited to the University of Tennessee by Mary McAlpin (MFLL)

“Building a Successful Life and Career in the Wake of the French Revolution”

Dr. Robert Campany
Professor of Asian Studies and Religious Studies
Vanderbilt University
Monday, October 16, 2017
Title: “The Culture of the Night: Dreams and Meaning-Making in Late Classical and Early Medieval China”
Dr. Campany was invited to the University of Tennessee by Megan Bryson (Religious Studies)

“The Culture of the Night: Dreams and Meaning-Making in Late Classical and Early Medieval China”

Dr. Robert Weems, Jr.
Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History
Wichita State University
Monday, October 30, 2017
Title: “The Evolution of the TRILLION Dollar African American Consumer Market”
Dr. Weems was invited to the University of Tennessee by Brandon Winford (History)

“The Evolution of the TRILLION Dollar African American Consumer Market”

Dr. Sarah Kay
Professor and Chair of the Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture
New York University
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 
Title: Singing with the Stars
Dr. Kay was invited to the University of Tennessee by Ann-Helene Miller (MFLL)

“Singing with the Stars”

A dialogue with Joy Harjo and John Troutman, moderated by Julie Reed
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Title: “Rumble: Natives and American Music”
Joy Harjo and John Troutman were invited to the University of Tennessee by Julie Reed (History)

“Rumble: Natives and American Music”

Dr. David Potter
Ronald W. Mellor Professor of Roman History
The University of California, Los Angeles
Monday, March 26, 2018
Title: “The Empress Theodora and the Management of Empire”
Dr. Potter was invited to the University of Tennessee by Jacob Latham (History)

“The Empress Theodora and the Management of Empire”

Dr. Anne Behnke Kinney
Professor of Chinese
Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of Virginia
Monday, April 16, 2018 - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED ISSUES
Title: “Confucius’s Mary Magdalen Moment”

“Confucius’s Mary Magdalen Moment”

J.D. Vance
New York Times best-selling author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
Monday, April 30, 2018
Title: “Hillbilly Elegy: A Culture in Crisis”
J.D. Vance was invited to the University of Tennessee by Amy Elias (UT Humanities Center)

“Hillbilly Elegy: A Culture in Crisis”

Dr. Peter Railton
Gregory S. Kavka Distinguished University Professor and John Stephenson Perrin Professor of Philosophy
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Friday, September 30, 2016
Title: "Moral Learning"
Dr. Railton was invited to The University of Tennessee by Clerk Shaw (Philosophy)

"Moral Learning"

Dr. Jeffrey Pilcher
Professor of History
University of Toronto
Monday, November 7, 2016
Title:  “How Beer Traveled the World: A Global History”
Dr. Pilcher was invited to The University of Tennessee by Tore Olsson (History)

“How Beer Traveled the World: A Global History”

Dr. David Stone
Associate Research Scientist
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Title: “Archaeology and Inequality: Methods and Measures in Ancient North Africa”
Dr. Stone was invited to The University of Tennessee by Stephen Collins-Elliott (Classics)

“Archaeology and Inequality: Methods and Measures in Ancient North Africa”

Dr. Robin Yates
James McGill Professor
History and Classical Studies
McGill University
Monday, February 6, 2017
Title: “Terror or Pleasure? Living and Working under the First Emperor of China”
Dr. Yates was invited to The University of Tennessee by Charles Sanft (History)

“Terror or Pleasure? Living and Working under the First Emperor of China”

Dr. Jeffrey Cox
Professor of English and Humanities
University of Colorado, Boulder
Monday, February 20, 2017
Title: “Knowing Romanticism”
Dr. Cox was invited to The University of Tennessee by Adrian Del Caro (Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures)

“Knowing Romanticism”

Dr. Maria Loh
Professor in Art History
CUNY Hunter College
Monday, March 6, 2017
Title: "Titian's Desperate Vitality"
Dr. Loh was invited to The University of Tennessee by Dorothy Habel (Art)

"Titian's Desperate Vitality"

Dr. Tiya Miles
Mary Henrietta Graham Distinguished University Professor
Department of American Culture, Department of Afro-American and African Studies, Department of History, Native American Studies Program, Department of Women’s Studies
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
March 20, 2017
Title: “The Call of the Ancestors: Historical Imagination and the Black and Native American Past”
Dr. Miles was invited to The University of Tennessee by Julie Reed (History)

“The Call of the Ancestors: Historical Imagination and the Black and Native American Past”

Dr. Clifford Ando
David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Humanities and
Professor of Classics, History and in the College
University of Chicago
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Title: “Knowing the Roman State: The Epistemics of Sovereignty”
Dr. Ando was invited to The University of Tennessee by Jacob Latham (History)

“Knowing the Roman State: The Epistemics of Sovereignty”

Dr. Peter Sabor
Professor of English
McGill University
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Title: “Jane Austen and the Common Reader: Contemporary Responses to Emma
Dr. Sabor was invited to The University of Tennessee by Hilary Havens (English)

“Jane Austen and the Common Reader: Contemporary Responses to Emma”
Dr. Candace Vogler
David and Clara Stern Professor of Philosophy
University of Chicago
Keynote speaker at the Tennessee Value and Agency (TVA) Conference
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Title: "Avoiding Bad"
Dr. Vogler was invited to The University of Tennessee by E.J. Coffman (Philosophy)
 
Dr. Yunte Huang
Professor of English
University of California-Santa Barbara
Monday, September 21, 2015 
Title: "Charlie Chan and Yellowface"
Dr. Huang was invited to The University of Tennessee by Lynn Sacco (History)
"Charlie Chan and Yellowface"
Dr. Michele Salzman
Professor of History
University of California-Riverside
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Title: "The 'Falls of Rome':  The Transformations of Rome in Late Antiquity (270-603)"
Dr. Salzman was invited to The University of Tennessee by Jacob Latham (History)
"The 'Falls of Rome': The Transformations of Rome in Late Antiquity (270-603)"
Dr. Juliet Walker
Professor of History and Founder/Director of the Center of Black Business, History, Entrepreneurship, Technology
The University of Texas – Austin
Monday, November 9, 2015
Title: "When Will All Black Economic Lives Matter?  After 400 Years, 1619-2019, We Are Still at the Racial Bottom"
Dr. Walker was invited to The University of Tennessee by Brandon Winford (History)
"When Will All Black Economic Lives Matter? After 400 Years, 1619-2019, We Are Still at the Racial Bottom"
Dr. Martin Kern
Greg and Joanna Zeluck Professor in Asian Studies
Princeton University
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Title: "The Origins of Chinese Poetry"
Dr. Kern was invited to The University of Tennessee by Charles Sanft (History)
"The Origins of Chinese Poetry"
Dr. Akeel Bilgrami
Sidney Morgenbesser Chair in Philosophy, Professor, Committee on Global Thought
Columbia University
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Title: "Agency, Value and Alienation"
Dr. Bilgrami was invited to The University of Tennessee by Kristina Gehrman (Philosophy)
"Agency, Value and Alienation"
Dr. Daniel O'Quinn
Professor, School of English and Theatre Studies
University of Guelph
Monday, February 22, 2016
Title: "Shylocks: Anti-Semitism, Pugilism and the Repertoire of Theatrical Violence"
Dr. O'Quinn was invited to The University of Tennessee by Misty Anderson (English)
Shylocks: Anti-Semitism, Pugilism and the Repertoire of Theatrical Violence"
Dr. Kenneth Pomeranz
University Professor of History
University of Chicago
Monday, March 21, 2016
Title: "Late Imperial Legacies: Land, Water, and Long-Run Economic Development in China"
Dr. Pomeranz was invited to The University of Tennessee by Shellen Wu (History
"Late Imperial Legacies: Land, Water, and Long-Run Economic Development in China"
Dr. Helmut Reimitz
Professor of History
Princeton University
Monday, March 28, 2016
Title:  "Romanitas after Rome: On the Use and Abuse of the Roman Past in the Early Medieval West"
Dr. Reimitz was invited to The University of Tennessee by Matthew Gillis (History)
"Romanitas after Rome: On the Use and Abuse of the Roman Past in the Early Medieval West"
Dr. John Bryant
Professor of English
Hofstra University
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Title: "Big Data | Close Reading: Melville and the Humanities as Fluid Texts"
Dr. Bryant was invited to The University of Tennessee by Dawn Coleman (English)
"Big Data | Close Reading: Melville and the Humanities as Fluid Texts"
Dr. Barbara Savage
Geraldine Segal Professor of American Social Thought, Department of Africana Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Monday, April 18, 2016
Title: "Merze Tate:  Cosmopolitan Woman, Diplomatic Historian, World Traveler"
Dr. Savage was invited to The University of Tennessee by Shannen Williams (History)
"Merze Tate: Cosmopolitan Woman, Diplomatic Historian, World Traveler"
Dr. Alexander Nemerov
Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Stanford University
"Lewis Hine in the Southeast:  Child Labor Photographs, 1908-1912"
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Dr. Nemerov was invited to The University of Tennessee by Dr. Mary Campbell (School of Art)
"Lewis Hine in the Southeast: Child Labor Photographs, 1908-1912"
Paul Erickson
Director of Academic Programs, American Antiquarian Society
"Get Paid to Read Old Books! How to Apply for and Win Fellowships at Independent Research Libraries"
Friday, September 12, 2014
Dr. Erickson was invited to The University of Tennessee by Dr. Katy Chiles (English)
"Get Paid to Read Old Books! How to Apply for and Win Fellowships at Independent Research Libraries"
Dr. Glen Bowersock
Professor Emeritus of Ancient History, Institute for Advanced Study School of Historical Studies
"The Lod and Kfar 'Othnay Mosaics: Religion in Third-Century Roman Palestine"
Monday, October 13, 2014
Dr. Bowersock was invited to The University of Tennessee by Dr. Thomas Heffernan (Humanities Center)
"The Lod and Kfar 'Othnay Mosaics: Religion in Third-Century Roman Palestine"
Dr. Nicola Di Cosmo
Luce Foundation Professor in East Asian Studies, Institute for Advanced Study School of Historical Studies
"Climate Change Research and the History of Nomads: New Answers to old Questions?"
Monday, November 10, 2014
Dr. Di Cosmo was invited to The University of Tennessee by Dr. Charles Sanft (History)
"Climate Change Research and the History of Nomads: New Answers to old Questions?"
Dr. Karl Ameriks
McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
"On Kant and Autonomy"
Friday, November 21, 2014
Dr. Ameriks was invited to The University of Tennessee by Dr. Markus Kohl (Philosophy)
"On Kant and Autonomy"
Dr. Stewart Shapiro
O'Donnell Professor of Philosophy, Ohio State University
"Conceptions of the Continuous"
Friday, February 6, 201
Dr. Shapiro was invited to The University of Tennessee by Dr. Nora Berenstain (Philosophy)
"Conceptions of the Continuous"
Dr. David Sedley
Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy, University of Cambridge
"Epicurus on Taxonomy and Definition"
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Dr. Sedley was invited to The University of Tennessee by Dr. Clerk Shaw (Philosophy)
 
Dr. Gail Hershatter
Distinguished Professor of History, University of California-Santa Cruz
"Did Rural Chinese Women Have a Revolution?  If so, what remains?"
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Dr. Hershatter was invited to The University of Tennessee by Dr. Shellen Wu (History)
"Did Rural Chinese Women Have a Revolution? If so, what remains?"
Dr. Robert Darnton
Carl Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, Harvard University
"Books, Libraries, and the Digital Future"
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Dr. Darnton was invited to The University of Tennessee by Dr. Thomas Heffernan (Humanities Center)
"Books, Libraries, and the Digital Future"
Carole Pateman
Professor of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
"Where is Democracy Heading?"
April 25, 2014
Dr. Ebrey was invited to The University of Tennessee by Charles Sanft (History)
"Where is Democracy Heading?"
Patricia Ebrey
Professor of History, The University of Washington
"Emperor Huizong: Daoist, Poet, Painter, Captive"
March 10, 2014
Dr. Ebrey was invited to The University of Tennessee by Charles Sanft (History)
"Emperor Huizong: Daoist, Poet, Painter, Captive"
Amy Taylor
Associate Professor of History, University of Kentucky
"On the Frontlines of Freedom: Life Inside the U.S. Civil War's 'Contraband' Camps"
October 15, 2013
Dr. Taylor was invited to The University of Tennessee by Luke Harlow (History)
"On the Frontlines of Freedom: Life Inside the U.S. Civil War's 'Contraband' Camps"
Edward Hirsch
President, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
"Applying for a Guggenheim Fellowship"
Poetry Reading by Edward Hirsch
September 30, 2013
Dr. Hirsch was invited to The University of Tennessee by Arthur Smith (English)
"Applying for a Guggenheim Fellowship"
Martha Nussbaum
Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago Law School
"The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear"
September 16, 2013
A DVD of Dr. Nussbaum's lecture may be borrowed by faculty, staff and students by contacting the Humanities Center at uthumanitiesctr@utk.edu or 865-974-4222
"The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear"
Philippe Buc
Professor for the History of the High and Late Middle Ages, University of Vienna
"Wars to End All War: Apocalypse and Conflict in Medieval Europe and Beyond"
September 9, 2013
Dr. Philippe Buc was invited to The University of Tennessee by Jay Rubenstein (History)
"Wars to End All War: Apocalypse and Conflict in Medieval Europe and Beyond"
Ernest Sosa
Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University
"Descartes and Virtue Epistemology"
September 12, 2012
Ernest Sosa was invited to UT by E. J. Coffman (Philosophy).
Jeff Titon
Professor of Ethnomusicology, Brown University
"Thoreau's Pastoral Music"
October 3, 2012
Jeff Titon was invited to UT by Leslie Gay, Jr. (Music).
Patricia Cox Miller
W. Earl Ledden Professor of Religion, Syracuse University
"Figuring Relics: A Poetics of Enshrinement"
November 8, 2012
Patricia Cox Miller was invited to UT by Jacob Latham (History).
Saree Makdisi
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles
November 12, 2012
Saree Makdisi was invited to UT by Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud (English).
Dagmar Herzog
Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar and Professor of History, Graduate Center, City University of New York
"Sexuality in Europe: A 20th Century History and a History of the Present"
November 28, 2012
Dagmar Herzog was invited to UT by Monica Black (History).
Susan Wolf
Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
February 8, 2013
Susan Wolf was invited to UT by E. J. Coffman (Philosophy).
Benjamin Elman
Gordon Wu '58 Professor of Chinese Studies, Princeton University, and the Chair of the Department of East Asian Studies
"China's Place in the Early Modern World: A New Historiography"
March 18, 2013
Benjamin Elman was invited to UT by Shellen Wu (History).
Peter Fritzsche (Vejas Liulevicus, History)
Professor
Department of History
University of Illinois
Life and Death in the Third Reich (Harvard University Press, 2008)
Stephen Gardiner (John Nolt, Philosophy)
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
University of Washington
A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Global Environmental Tragedy (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
Jonathan Dancy (Lee Shepski, Philosophy)
Professor
Department of Philosophy
University of Texas, Austin
Ethics Without Principles (Oxford University Press, 2004)
Julia Douthwaite (Mary McAlpin, French)
Professor
Department of Romance Languages
University of Notre Dame
The Wild Girl, Natural Man, and the Monster: Dangerous Experiments in the Age of Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press, 2002)
Samuel Freeman (David Reidy, Philosophy)
Avalon Professor in the Humanities
Department of Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania
Justice and the Social Contract, (Oxford University Press, 2006)
Lyn Hejinian (Ben Lee, English)
Professor
Department of English
University of California, Berkeley
The Language of Inquiry (University of California Press, 2000)
Aviel Roshwald (Vejas Liuelvicius, History)
Professor
Department of History
Georgetown University
The Endurance of Nationalism: Ancient Roots and Modern Dilemmas (Cambridge University Press, 2006)
Thomas Pogge (David Reidy, Philosophy)
Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs
Department of Philosophy
Yale University
John Rawls: His Life and Theory of Justice (Oxford University Press, 2007)
Jeffrey Herf(Vejas Liulevicius, History)
Professor
Department of History
University of Maryland
Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World (Yale University Press, 2009)
Christopher Looby(Martin Griffin, English)
Professor
Department of English
UCLA
The Complete Civil War Journal and Selected Letters of Thomas Wentworth Higginson (University of Chicago Press, 2000)
John Matthews(Michael Kulikowski, History)
John M. Schiff Professor
Departments of History and Classics
Yale University
The Journey of Theophanes: Travel, Business and Daily Life in the Roman East (Yale University Press, 2006)
C.D.C. Reeve(Clark Shaw, Philosophy)
Delta Kappa Epsilon Distinguished Professor
Department of Philosophy
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Love's Confusions (Harvard University Press, 2005)

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