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KNOXVILLE — Intercultural Intersections, a new feature of the Ready for the World initiative, debuts at 2 p.m. Sunday with a screening of “Genghis Blues” in Hodges Library Auditorium.

Intercultural Intersections is a series of Sunday afternoon events designed to help UT students, faculty, staff and others explore cultures meeting across national, ethnic, racial, religious, political and sexual boundaries. Events will include films, forums and more.

“Genghis Blues” is an Academy-Award nominee for best documentary feature about Paul Pena, a blind black blues singer who teaches himself the ancient art of Tuvan throat-singing and then goes to Tuva, in southern Siberia, to sing with the masters.

Movie critic Roger Ebert praised the documentary, saying, “No fiction film could possible have dreamed up this wonderful story.”

The goal of “Ready for the World: The International and Intercultural Awareness Initiative” is to transform the campus into a culture of diversity that best prepares students for working and competing in the 21st century. The initiative involves increasing the diversity among students, faculty and staff; infusing the curriculum with international and intercultural content; expanding study-abroad and work-study opportunities; and encouraging students to take advantage of all of these opportunities.


Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034,