It’s football time in Tennessee, and that means a new Pregame Showcase lineup.
Now in its twenty-fifth season, the Pregame Showcase gives fans the chance to hear from esteemed faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences prior to each gridiron matchup.
This year’s first showcase will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, before the Vols face the Utah State Aggies.
Free and open to the public, each showcase features a thirty-minute presentation followed by a fifteen-minute question-and-answer session. Presentations begin two hours before kickoff in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center Ballroom (Room 213). A brief reception will be held immediately following each program. Door prizes will be awarded.
This season will feature a wide range of topics, including eighteenth-century Methodism, play in the animal world, and Shakespeare.
The August 31 showcase, “Nailing Andrew Jackson: The President and His Papers,” will feature Dan Feller, professor of history, who will discuss the Papers of Andrew Jackson project at UT. The project is responsible for publishing the complete public and private papers of Andrew Jackson in a comprehensive multivolume series. In its worldwide search for documents, the project has unearthed fresh material that casts Jackson and his presidency in a new—and sometimes startling—light. It has also solved mysteries, exposed forgeries, and helped to catch thieves.
Here’s the lineup for the rest of the season:
September 6—”Marvels of Matter All Around Us.” Norman Mannella, associate professor of physics and astronomy, will illustrate the wonders of condensed matter physics.
October 4—”Methodism and Eighteenth-Century Theatre.” Misty G. Anderson, professor of English, will discuss the denomination’s connection to theater through field preaching, singing, and tearful sermons.
October 11—”Bashing and Building: Financing Urban Redevelopment in Seventeenth-Century Rome.” Dorothy Habel, professor of art, will look to the past to share insight into real estate financing, the bond market, and urban ownership.
October 25—”Play Throughout the Animal World.” Gordon M. Burghardt, Alumni Distinguished Service Professor of psychology and ecology and evolutionary biology, will explore the importance of play to humans and animals.
November 15—”Expanding the Synthetic Toolbox for Pharmaceuticals.” David M. Jenkins, associate professor of chemistry, will look at how man-made chemicals can be used to make medicine.
November 22—”Let’s Play! Shakespeare for Civilians.” Kathleen S. Buckley, associate professor of theatre, will host a Shakespeare workshop with audience participation.
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