The Department of History sponsors several outreach programs each year that make the work of today’s best historians available to high school teachers and public audiences in Tennessee.
Since 1979, our department has sponsored an annual Workshop for Teachers of Social Studies. Held on a Saturday morning in early spring, the workshop features four to six sessions that provide a variety of methodological and pedagogical approaches to the teaching of history, as well as some practical teaching aids and information to use in the classroom. The workshop reflects the continuing commitment of the Department of History to excellence in teaching at all levels, and provides an excellent opportunity for area high school teachers and department faculty to share their common love of history. The event also serves as a good way for area teachers, many of them graduates of our department, to maintain connections with our faculty.
History Department’s Distinguished Lecture Series
The Department of History is an active intellectual community with a strong commitment to bringing outstanding scholars from universities around the world to our campus. Some of these lectures are annual sponsored events:
Since its inception in 1994, the Milton Klein lecture series has featured distinguished historians of early American history and American legal history. Past speakers have included John Demos, Jon Butler, Michael Kammen, Stanley N. Katz, Linda K. Kerber, Jack P. Greene, Christine Heyrman, and Gail Bederman.
This annual spring lecture series honors the career of the first university historian of UT, Milton M. Klein, who served as the alumni distinguished service professor of history at UT until retiring in 1984. This lecture series reflects Klein’s lifelong commitment to making the study of history dynamic and accessible to all people.
Charles O. Jackson Memorial Lecture
Each fall semester, the Charles O. Jackson lecture series brings leading scholars in American cultural history to the UT campus. The event honors the career of the late Charles O. Jackson, a brilliant scholar of American culture and society whose wide-ranging works explored American ideas about death and sexual deviance, food and drug legislation, and the social and military history of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Charles Jackson was an esteemed member of the department from 1969 to 1997. He was appointed assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts in 1972 and associate dean in 1979.
Recent scholars delivering the Charles O. Jackson lecture have included Gregory Downs, Raymond Arsenault, and Elliott Gorn.
Charles W. Johnson Lecture on World War II
The late Charles W. Johnson joined the University of Tennessee History Department in 1965, after earning his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. Until his retirement in 1998, “Chuck” Johnson played many roles. He taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses, directed a number of M.A. theses and Ph.D. dissertations, and along the way won the UT National Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award. In 1981, he and the late Professor Charles O. Jackson published their City Behind a Fence: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1942-1946, an outstanding blend of social and military history. Three years later he founded the World War II Project, the forerunner of today’s Center for the Study of War and Society, which he directed until his retirement. In 1992 Professor Johnson took a leading role in organizing the university’s Normandy Scholars Program. The Charles W. Johnson Lecture on World War II is thus a fitting tribute to one of the history department’s most accomplished and esteemed colleagues.