WBIR-TV Channel 10 featured a UT history class that studied the life of entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton as a way to understand history. Taught by Lynn Sacco, associate professor of history, the class studied Parton’s autobiography, listened to her music, and watched her films to learn the ins and outs of this universal icon.
“We are looking at Dolly and different historical events as they relate to Dolly,” said Charlotte Sandercock, a senior. “She’s a cultural phenomenon.”
“I like to think of using Dolly Parton as a lense to history. How has she changed history … how has she been changed by it,” said junior Austin Burnett.