Illustrated image of Destress for Success 2021
Illustrated image of Destress for Success 2021

Destress for Success at UT Libraries

Beginning Thursday, December 2 through Thursday, December 9, 2021, UT Libraries will offer a wide variety of activities and events for all Volunteers as part of its annual Destress for Success week. We welcome students to the great indoors and encourage study breaks when possible through the below activities. At John C. Hodges Library, relax by: Go … Continued

Dollywood with Chimney Tops 2 fire in the background (Bruce McCamish Photography)

Oral History Project Recalls Chimney Tops 2 Wildfires

November 30, 2021—An oral history project led by the University of Tennessee Libraries records the lived experiences of the Chimney Tops 2 wildfires that swept through Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains five years ago. Today the UT Libraries launched a website that shares interviews collected by Rising from the Ashes: The Chimney Tops 2 … Continued

Chimney Tops 2 wildfire, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Chimney Tops 2 Wildfires: Oral Histories Soon to be Published Online

“For future generations, I think it’s really important for them to understand that in times of trouble, people do come together.” Fran Day of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts was recalling the Chimney Tops 2 wildfires that in 2016 ravaged the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding communities. Her video recorded comments … Continued

“Judean female clay ‘pillar figurines.’ Jerusalem, Beer-Sheva, Tel Erani (8th–bth BCE)” by Chamberi is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

For Your Reference: The Archaeology of Religion

UT faculty members Erin Darby and Theodora Kopestonsky will be our guests on the upcoming November 18 episode of For Your Reference, the UT Libraries’ original livestream series featuring conversations with guest scholars, and will be discussing archaeology and material culture. Darby is an associate professor of Early Judaism, and Kopestonsky is a distinguished lecturer … Continued

UT Libraries Sets a Big Orange Goal

Big Orange Give, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s annual day of giving, will take place Wednesday, November 10, 2021. The Libraries goal is to reach 150 gifts, which is 19 more gifts than last year. Each gift made to the Libraries helps support every student on campus, as the Libraries continue to meet the needs … Continued

Panel: The Asian American and Pacific Islander Perspective

Over the past year, we saw a rise in the number of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Asian Americans became scapegoats for the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and across the nation we witnessed incidents of harassment, xenophobic rhetoric, and even physical assault. What do we need to know about the traumatic … Continued

Pendergrass Study Rooms Available for Reservations

Members of the UT community are now able to reserve a Pendergrass study room. To book a study room: First, visit the Pendergrass website. Click on the “Reserve a Room” link on the left-hand menu (or drop-down menu in mobile) Select 30-minute time slots (2 hour maximum per day) and complete the booking form. Once … Continued

In Conversation: Family Hiking in the Smokies

Want to take your children or grandchildren for a hike in the Smokies? The public is invited to a live online conversation with the authors of Family Hiking in the Smokies to learn about the best destinations for a family excursion. The authors — Hal Hubbs, Charles Maynard, and David Morris — have hiked together … Continued

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For Your Reference: Second Season Premiere

Our culture defines for us the “normal” family and the “normal, healthy” individual. Those stereotypes are perpetuated by everyday repetition. Within the family itself, an ongoing discourse defines relationships among family members and with the outside world. Communication professors Jordan Allen (Utah Valley University) and Nicole Allen (Utah State University) study the non-normative family — … Continued