With interesting and internationally significant visitors, a few very surprising alumni, and the sometimes exotic origins of some of our university’s most familiar institutions, UT’s past is filled with unexpected details and intriguing stories.
On Tuesday, October 24th at 7PM in Alumni Memorial Room 32, Jack Neely will roll back the curtain on some of UT’s best kept secrets at a free, public lecture titled, “20 Things You Didn’t Know About UT’s History.”
Jack Neely is a journalist and historian who has been writing about his hometown’s character and heritage for many years. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, where he studied American history, Neely was an Egyptian museum tour guide at the 1982 World’s Fair; later, he was a criminal-defense investigator, and an assistant editor for a national fiction magazine. Since his column, “Secret History,” debuted in 1992, he’s been known mainly as a Knoxville journalist with a particular interest in the city’s unique culture. He is also the executive director of the Knoxville History Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching and promoting the history of Knoxville.
Neely wrote for the Knoxville Mercury in a weekly column called “The Scruffy Citizen.” He has written several books about Knoxville and its history, most recently The Tennessee Theatre: A Grand Entertainment Palace (2015); Knoxville, Tennessee: Green by Nature (2014); Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth (2nd ed., 2011) and Knoxville, Tennessee: This Obscure Prismatic City (2009).
Please contact the Center for Student Engagement with questions or to arrange disability accommodations at (865) 974-5455. Students should bring student ID to all events. This event is funded by the Student Programs and Services Fee. Please choose Option 1 when prompted on myutk.utk.edu in order to support student programming.