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A series of talks on race and heredity, sponsored by the UT Humanities Initiative, will be held on Friday, March 16, in the Mary Greer Room of Hodges Library next to Starbucks on the second floor. Refreshments will be available, and the event is free and open to the public.

The schedule of talks:

  • 9:30-10:00 a.m.: “‘Nos AncĂȘtres les bons sauvages’: Class as Race in the 18th-Century French Imagination,” Mary McAlpin, associate professor of French, University of Tennessee;
  • 10:15-10:45 a.m.: “Generation, Degeneration, and Heredity: Experimental Breeding in RĂ©aumur’s Poultry Yard,” Mary Terrall, professor of history, University of California, Los Angeles;
  • 1:30-2:00 p.m.: “Passing into the Native: Reading Race in Early American Literature,” Katy Chiles, assistant professor of English, University of Tennessee
  • 2:15-2:45 p.m.: “Stages in the Racialization of Slavery,” Robert Bernasconi, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University.

For more information e-mail mmcalpin@utk.edu.