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KNOXVILLE — The season’s final Pre-Game Faculty Showcase at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is “‘Fake Believe’: Are Centaurs Real?” featuring Beauvais Lyons, professor of art. Lyons will discuss the Hokes Archives, a project that strives to initiate critical thinking among students at UT.

The Pre-game Faculty Showcase begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in the University Center Ballroom before the football game against Kentucky.

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.

The Hokes Archives questions the truth by fabricating and documenting unusual cultural artifacts. “The Centaur Excavations at Volos” in Hodges Library, which asks students whether or not they believe in centaurs, is one example of an exhibit from the Hokes Archives.

Lyons is the self-appointed director of the Hokes Archives and the head of the printmaking program at UT, which was ranked fourth in the latest national ranking by U.S. News and World Report. He has served as the president of the largest printmaking organization in North America, and his exhibitions have been displayed in more than 55 galleries and museums across the United States, Canada and Europe.

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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