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KNOXVILLE –- “Wild Woman Don’t Have the Blues” will be the featured film at Intercultural Intersections at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, in the Hodges Library Auditorium.

Intercultural Intersections, sponsored by the Ready for the World initiative, is a series of Sunday afternoon events designed to help UT students, faculty, staff and the public explore cultures meeting across national, ethnic, racial, religious, political and sexual boundaries.

“Wild Woman Don’t Have the Blues” looks at Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Mamie Smith and other great female blues performers of the 1920s who helped launch a craze for the genre.

On March 9, Intercultural Intersections will feature the film “What I Want My Words to Do to You,” which focuses on a writing group led by playwright and activist Eve Ensler at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.

Additional events will be announced soon.

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.

For more information about Ready for the World, see


Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034,