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KNOXVILLE — This week’s Pre-Game Faculty Showcase at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is “Iran and Iraq in Historical Perspective: Shaping National Identities,” featuring Palmira Brummett, professor of history. Brummett will discuss the emergence of Iraq and Iran as nation states and the roles of Islam, imperialism and foreign relations in shaping national identity.

The Pre-Game Faculty Showcase begins at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the University Center Ballroom before the football game against Alabama.

The UT Pre-Game Faculty Showcase, now in its 19th year, is held two hours before every home football game. The College of Arts and Sciences selects a top faculty member for each presentation. The programs are free and open to the public.

Brummett, a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, specializes in Middle Eastern, world, Ottoman and Islamic history. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for 2003-2004 and she was awarded Lindsey Young Professorships in 1998 and 1999. Brummett also won the Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Brummett has published several books and more than 30 articles. She serves on the editorial boards for Eurasian Studies and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East and reviews manuscripts for many publishers, including Oxford University Press and Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review.

Each showcase program lasts 45 minutes, including 30 minutes for the presentation and 15 minutes for a discussion period. Light refreshments will be served.

The Pre-Game Faculty Showcase is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences with the support of the UT Alumni Association, the UT Knoxville Office of Alumni Affairs and UT Athletics.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college on UT’s campus with 600 faculty and 23 departments and schools encompassing the humanities, fine and performing arts, social sciences, life sciences and physical sciences. The college places special emphasis on academic outreach, and its faculty and students are actively involved with the community through the Faculty Speakers Bureau, service learning and other programs.

The University Center is located at 1502 W. Cumberland Ave., a short walk from Neyland Stadium. The ballroom is in Room 213 on the second floor. For more directions, visit


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