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Have you ever wanted to sit and chat with some of the biggest newsmakers on campus?

That’s exactly what Chancellor Loren Crabtree does on “Campus Conversations,” a 30-minute talk show that spotlights faculty, staff and students who are doing interesting and innovative things at UT and in our community. The show airs on UTTV, broadcast on Channel 65 on campus and on Channel 194 on Comcast digital cable.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing this show, and I think viewers have enjoyed having the chance to hear from their colleagues and also meet some of the scholars and administrators they’ve only read about or heard about,” Crabtree said. “It’s casual conversation. I try to ask the questions viewers would ask if they were there.”

Guests scheduled for this fall include Angie Batey, associate director of choral activities, who this summer took a group of UT music students to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall. Also coming is a conversation with Brian Barber, director of the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence. The center is sponsoring a Nov. 19 visit by Ishmael Beah, author of the best seller “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” which chronicles his ordeal as a child soldier in Sierre Leone.

“Campus Conversations” is filmed at least once a month. Thirteen shows have been filmed so far.

Past shows have included the past, present and future of campus diversity with Rita Sanders Geier; a discussion with Professor Emeritus William “Bill” Bass, a renowned forensic anthropologist and founder of the Body Farm, and his co-author Jon Jefferson; and a discussion of student retention featuring Provost Robert Holub, Special Assistant Terrell Strayhorn and Ruth Darling, assistant vice provost and Student Success Center director.

Shows air repeatedly. They can be seen at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Mondays, at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, at 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays, and at 2 p.m. on Fridays.

Episodes can also be viewed at For the full schedule of UTTV news, cultural and academic programming produced by UT’s Video and Photography Center, visit