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Vejas-LiuleviciusThe UT Humanities Center’s Conversations and Cocktails series continues on Tuesday, February 3, with Vejas Liulevicius, Lindsay Young professor and the director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, talking about “Eastern Europe’s Dangers.”

The event, which is open to the public, will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Orangery, 5412 Kingston Pike, Knoxville.

Conversations and Cocktails is a partnership between the UT Humanities Center and the Orangery. The series gives the public a chance to learn about history while enjoying Orangery favorites. The discussions are free, but for those choosing to dine, reservations are required. To reserve a table, call the Orangery at 865-588-2964.

Liulevicius will discuss how Eastern Europe has been a dangerous region over the past centuries due to economic regression, communist repression, and periods of fragmentation and violence.

“Hardly anyone wants to be in Eastern Europe,” said Liulevicius. “This area has been fought over, repeatedly divided, and full of turmoil.”

He also will highlight that although there has been much instability in the past, Eastern Europe has made many recent efforts to build stability, such as joining NATO and the European Union.

Liulevicius specializes in modern German history with a focus on German relations in Eastern Europe. He has won several awards, including both of UT’s highest teaching awards: the Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Other Conversations and Cocktails talks include:

  • March 3—Ernest Freeberg, head of the Department of History: “Inventing Light.”
  • April 7—Aleydis Van de Moortel, Lindsay Young Associate Professor in Classics and archaeologist: “Conversations with Ancients.”
  • May 5—Katherine Hodges-Kluck, doctoral student in history: “Lionheart’s Crusade.”


Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,