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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee is hosting several events during Black History month. The activities, which are free and open to the public, include:

— “The Affairs of Race in America: A Conversation in Black and White” at 7 p.m., Feb. 3, in the University Center Auditorium. The speakers are Shay Banks-Young and Julia Jefferson Westerinen, who are descendants of President Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hennings.

— First Friday, an informal social gathering for UT undergraduate and graduate students interested in minority issues, will be held at 6 p.m., Feb. 4, in the UC Hermitage Room.

— The UT Black Cultural Programming Committee will hold a membership drive Feb. 1-22. A meeting for persons interested in joining will be held at 3 p.m., Feb. 13, in the UC Executive Dining Room.

— UT African and African-American studies will host brown bag luncheons with UT faculty lectures at noon, Feb. 11 and 25, in the Great Room of UT International House. For more information, contact Dr. John Hodges at 974-6983.

— The UT College of Law will host a workshop to discuss law careers for minorities from 9 a.m.-noon, Feb. 19, in the UT law college building. Pre-registration is requested by calling 974-4131.

— The Black Graduate Professional Students Association will host a book club and potluck dinner at 5 p.m., Feb. 19, in the Black Cultural Center.

— The Minority Advising Program will host a brown bag luncheon discussion on financial management at 6:45 p.m., Feb. 21, in the Black Cultural Center.

— Maxine Maxwell will perform a one-woman play titled “Echoes of the Past” at 7 p.m., Feb. 24, in the UC Auditorium.

— The UT Black Cultural Programming Committee hosts its annual Spring Ball at 8 p.m., Feb. 26, in the UC Ballroom.