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APOCALYPSE, POPULISM, CRITIQUE: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

Friday, October 30, 2020, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

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Elections in Latin America / Latin America in U.S. Elections: A Roundtable with UTK Faculty


Stop hate

The Cost of Hate Symposium

Anti-racism, Sept. 23, 6-8 PM

Anti-sexism/Heterosexism, Oct. 7, 6-8 PM

Anti-fascism, Oct. 27, 6-8 PM

This three-part panel discussion series seeks to examine the cost to society of group-focused hatred. How are racism, sexism, and heterosexism experienced in the current moment, and what are our resources to combat them? How do we confront the dangers of fascism, and work to build a democracy where economic, political, and cultural rights of the majority can be consolidated and defended? What are the common features of the challenges we face, and what are the more specific elements? How do we understand this moment, and how do we prepare ourselves to change it? These are the kinds of questions these panels will address by highlighting academic and community voices.


Wednesday, April 29 2:30-3:30 pm

NAVIGATING RACISM AND BIAS: Supporting UT and Local Asian Community in Unprecedented Times

  • Yujie Huang, Teaching & Learning Innovation, Faculty Consultant for Inclusive Teaching
  • Xi Jiang, President, Chinese Students and Scholars Association
  • Alizza Punzalan – Randle, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA
  • Kelly Rubin, Associate Dean of Students
  • Qi Sun, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology and Counseling
  • Doug Terry, Teaching Associate, English Language Institute

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Friday, April 24 • 12-1 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE SHADOW OF COVID-19: Challenges and Limitations

Five students enrolled in the International Human Rights Law seminar at the College of Law will present their findings on the following issues:

– Timmothy S. Winstead: Freedom of Information (including government control and reporting obligations) – Joshua Clark: The Right to Privacy – John M. Brown: The Right to Life v. State Interests – Keevana C. Edwards: United States’ Systemic Health Disparities and Obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination – Hassan A. Hassan: Xenophobia, Stigma & Discrimination

This program is open to the UTK community. Interested participants must pre-register via THIS ZOOM LINK! For additional information, contact Professor Robert Blitt at rblitt@utk.edu.

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March 9. 2020

BOOK LAUNCH PANEL DISCUSSION Jon Shefner and Cory Blad: WHY AUSTERITY PERSISTS

Book Launch Panel Discussion on Jon Shefner & Cory Blad Why Austerity Persists

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I-House Great Room Monday March 9, 2020, 3:30 – 5:00 pm (reception 5:00 to 6:00 pm)

Speakers: Jon Shefner, Paul Gellert, Trish Redeker Hepner, Raja Swamy

Presider: Harry Dahms


Critical Race Symposium: New Perspectives on Research and Scholar-Activism

Friday, April 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Jane Mayer’s DARK MONEY:  THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE BILLIONAIRES BEHIND THE RISE OF THE RADICAL RIGHT (New York:  Doubleday, 2016)

April 12, 2017 1210 McClung Tower


New Directions in Critical Criminology Conference 2016 — schedule


Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

(Panel Discussion, 2015) — video

Klein Panel — announcement


Ecologically Unequal Exchange: Environmental Injustice in Comparative and Historical Perspective

(Conference, 2015) — poster


Thomas Piketty and Capital in the 21st Century

(Panel Discussion,  2014) — video

Piketty Panel — announcement