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Edward Hirsch, poet, author, and president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, will visit UT on Monday, September 30, to talk about applying for a Guggenheim Fellowship and give a poetry reading. His visit is part of the UT Humanities Center Lecture Series.

Ed HirschA MacArthur Fellow, Hirsch has published eight books of poems. His most recent, The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems, compiles thirty-five years of work. His awards include the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature.

His talk about fellowships, open to UT faculty, will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the John D. Tickle Engineering Building, Room 405. His poetry reading, which is open to the public, will be at 7:00 p.m., in Hodges Library Lindsay Young Auditorium. Afterward he will be signing copies of his books, which will be sold at the site.

Here’s a look at the rest of the series:

  • Tuesday, October 15—Amy Murrell Taylor, associate professor of history, University of Kentucky. Her talk is entitled “On the Frontlines of Freedom: Life Inside the US Civil War’s ‘Contraband’ Camps.” An historian of the US South with a special interest in the Civil War era, gender, and family, Taylor is the author of The Divided Family in Civil War America and co-editor of Major Problems in the Civil War and Reconstruction. Her essays have appeared in popular publications including The Civil War Monitor magazine and The Civil War: Official Park Service Handbook.
    4:00 p.m., University Center Shiloh Room (Room 235)
  • Monday, March 10—Patricia Buckley Ebrey, professor of history, University of Washington. Her talk is entitled “Emperor Huizong: Daoist, Poet, Painter, Captive.” She will offer a fresh look at the Chinese emperor who came to the Song Throne in the first month of 1100, a few months after his seventeenth birthday, and reigned almost twenty-six years. Rather than dwell on the turmoil caused by his reign, she will look at the ruler as a skilled poet, painter, calligrapher, musician, and art collector.
    Time and location to be announced.
  • Thursday, April 24—Carole Pateman, distinguished professor emeritus of political science, University of California, Los Angeles.
    Details of her talk, as well as its time and location, to be announced.

For more information about the Humanities Lecture series, see uthumanitiesctr.utk.edu/this_years_visiting_scholars.html.


Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)