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Numbers Tell Our Story

There are many indicators of achievement. Whether it is the number of books published, dollars raised, awards and fellowships won, or people served, the numbers of the Department of History add up to success.

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Ernest Freeberg

Featured Stories

Being the First: Honoring the Past, Looking Ahead
Assistant Professors Shannen Dee Williams and Brandon Winford are making their mark in the history department and seeking resources to make UT one of the best departments in the region to study African-American history.

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Being the First: Honoring the Past, Looking Ahead
Surprising Observations:  Alex Haley's Career as a Writer
Without apparent natural talent for writing, Haley worked diligently on his craft for decades and became enormously successful.  Roots sold around six million copies and revised how the popular mind in America understood slavery.

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Robert "Jeff" Norrell
Revealing Tokiko
Tokiko is not a well-known figure in Japanese history.  How did this rather obscure figure capture the attention and curiosity of Laura Nenzi? Nenzi reponded to this question and others in a recent interview.

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Laura Nenzi

Student Spotlights

Julie Reed
Students' Research Could Become Cherokee Biographies for Children
The stories of Cherokee people researched and recovered by students enrolled in a history class last fall could become an educational resource for teaching history to children and a gift to the Cherokee Nation.

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Robert Rennie
Internships Broaden and Diversify Graduate Training
Convinced of the broad cultural value of history, faculty are looking for opportunities to diversify graduate students' training. This year the department sponsored two new graduate student internships.

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Matthew Gillis
Teaching Students to Think Like a Historian
Assistant Professor Matthew Gillis pioneered instruction of the department's first History 299 class, a new undergraduate course that teaches students to "think like a historian."

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Alumni Spotlight

Thomas Childers
Thomas Childers Named Outstanding Alumnus
Originally from Cleveland, Tennessee, Childers attained remarkable academic achievements over the course of his academic career. He is considered one of the most influential historians thinking and writing about the origins of German fascism.

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I Love a Parade
As Frank Luther crooned in 1931, "I love a parade… the rat-a-tat-tat." Ancient Romans also loved parades—as well as chariot races, gladiatorial combat, and theater shows.

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Faculty News
Faculty in the Department of History have been making news this year by publishing their scholarship, giving invited lectures, developing new courses, and winning awards and fellowships.

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Graduate Student Kudos
Current graduates are attracting funding for their research and publishing in prestigious journals.

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Department of History
915 Volunteer Blvd.
6th Floor, Dunford Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996
P: 865-974-5421
F: 865-974-3915

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