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Area high school teachers will have the opportunity to learn best teaching practices on subjects ranging from ancient Chinese philosophy to the cultural impact of Alex Haley’s novel Roots at a half-day program hosted by UT’s history department on Saturday, September 26.

The thirty-fifth annual workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 South Gay Street in Knoxville. The event will feature three workshop sessions and a keynote speaker during lunch.

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

“This annual workshop is a great way for history teachers in our region to catch up on some of the very exciting research that our faculty is doing, and to talk about how to bring what they have learned to their own classrooms,” said Ernest Freeberg, head of the Department of History.

“We all share a love of history, and we all want to share that passion with our students, so this is an event we look forward to each year.”

The workshop offers three morning sessions along with a keynote lunch talk. The lectures include:

  • “Using Ancient Chinese Philosophy to Think About the Present” by Associate Professor Charles Sanft
  • “Reconstruction and the Second American Revolution” by Associate Professor Luke Harlow
  • “The American Revolution in the Atlantic World” by Associate Professor Kristen Block

Professor Robert Norrell will present the keynote lunch talk, “Alex Haley and the Reimagining of American Slavery,” about the impact of author Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel on the experience of slavery.

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


Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,