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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Artist Richard LeFevre thinks maybe he was born in the wrong century.

LeFevre, associate professor of art at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, has created 32 mixed media paintings which depict scenes from Civil War battles.

“I’m just fascinated with history. Once I began to learn a little bit about (the Civil War), it just grabbed hold of me,” he said.

LeFevre will show slides of his art at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 10, in the University Center Shiloh Room.

The presentation is the first of seven “Tuesday Topics,” a public service program featuring College of Arts and Sciences faculty speakers.

In his paintings, LeFevre illustrates the scope of the battles.

” They were so big — so horrendous — it was hard to even visualize,” he said. “The other side is the human side.

“I read quotations that are incorporated in the paintings by people like Mark Twain, Lew Wallace, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., James Garfield — people who were there at the battles.”

Other Tuesday Topics include (by date, topic and speaker):

* Oct. 8 — Private lives and public personae of the women of Rome, Dr. Susan Martin, head and associate professor, classics.

* Nov. 12 — The resurgence of spirituality in the United States, Dr. Rosalind Hackett, professor, religious studies.

* Jan. 14 — New approaches to the detection and treatment of cancer, Dr. George Kabalka, professor, chemistry.

* Feb. 11 — The Eastern Cherokee in the 21st century, Dr. John Finger, professor, history.

* March 11 — Commitment and stability in relationships, Dr. Warren Jones, head and professor, psychology.

* April 8 — Global warming and Tennessee, Dr. Kenneth Orvis, assistant professor, geography.

Complimentary parking is available in the University Center parking garage on Stadium Drive. Information is available from the College of Arts and Sciences office of academic outreach at (423) 974-4676.