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UT history professors will share their research and knowledge with high school history teachers in a half-day program of lectures and conversation. The program offers East Tennessee educators a chance to learn about the latest research in various fields, from ancient China to the modern civil rights movement, and provides a chance for high school and university teachers to share ideas about how to improve the teaching of history.

The event will take place from 9:15 a.m. through lunch on Saturday, March 7, at the East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 South Gay Street in Knoxville. The event features four speakers and lunch.

The cost is $20. Register by e-mailing Mary Beckley at

This event is one of the projects included in UT’s 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement classification. The prestigious classification recognizes colleges’ and universities’ commitments to strengthening the bond between campus and community.

Improved teaching of history in East Tennessee’s rural schools produces more high school graduates ready to succeed at the college level and helps faculty learn how to better serve students from areas with low post-secondary education rates. Assessments have shown improved scores on standardized history tests for both teachers and their students who participate in the program.

The workshop offers a choice of morning sessions along with a lunch talk. The lectures include:

  • “Andrew Jackson, Indian Removal, and the Trail of Tears” by Professor Dan Feller
  • “Raiding and Religion in the Viking Age” by Assistant Professor Matthew Gillis
  • “Decentering MLK in the History of the Civil Rights Movement” by Assistant Professor Shannen Dee Williams
  • “The Crusades in the Middle Ages: Were They Christian Jihads?” by Professor Jay Rubenstein

This event is held in conjunction with the East Tennessee Historical Society.


Whitney Heins (865-974-5460,