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Area high school teachers will have the opportunity to learn best teaching practices on subjects ranging from the American Revolution to the Trail of Tears at a program hosted by UT’s Department of History on Saturday, September 10.

The thirty-sixth annual workshop for social studies teachers will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 South Gay Street. The event will feature three workshop sessions and a luncheon keynote address.

The cost to attend is $20. Register by e-mailing Mary Beckley at mcopela8@utk.edu. Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 31. Visit the UT Department of History website for more information.

Workshop sessions include:

  • “Globalizing the Curriculum: The American Revolution,” by Associate Professor Christopher Magra, which will combine the history of the American Revolution with emerging themes in Atlantic history.
  • “Themes in Early Islamic History,” by Assistant Professor Alison Vacca, which will explore three main themes in early Islamic history.
  • “Not Just Sequoyah and Principal Chief John Ross: Cherokee History and the Trail of Tears beyond the Big Men,” by Assistant Professor Julie Reed, which will provide participants with reliable sources for use in the classroom.

Ernest Freeberg, professor and head of the Department of History, will present the lunch keynote address. The session, “America’s First Energy Crisis: The Great Horse Flu of 1872,” will examine the epidemic that spread through the North American horse and mule population in the fall of 1872. The year-long plague stopped the economy in its tracks, revealing how essential horse power was to American life in the late nineteenth century

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


Lola Alapo (865-974-3993, lola.alapo@tennessee.edu)

Mary Beckley (mcopela8@utk.edu)