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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

UT Humanities Center: Public Books Circle - Beowulf: A New Translation

  • April 21, 2021

Category: Free event, Lectures & discussions and Literature & readings

A public reading and discussion group

Wednesday, April 21
Roy Liuzza, Professor of English
Beowulf: A New Translation
by Maria Headley

Would you like to attend a terrific book discussion led by a UT expert without leaving your home? The UT Humanities Center now offers a free public book discussion online! Students, faculty, and members of the public are all welcome. With the support of Union Avenue Books, an independent bookstore, we will help you to keep reading and learning at all stages and walks of life.

On the day of the discussion, you can join a University of Tennessee faculty member in an online book discussion via Zoom. Our UT faculty read widely and deeply into perspectives ranging from the ancients to the moderns, from work in ancient archeology to contemporary poetry, new economic theory, and media studies. Join us to hear an expert in the field talk about the major ideas of a text that you have read, and engage in an enlightening discussion! Learn more:

East Tennessee Historical Society: Zoom Brown Bag Program by Anne G’Fellers Mason

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

“Desperately Seeking Nancy: A Search to Learn More about Nancy, Jonesborough Abolitionist Elihu Embree’s Enslaved Woman”

Join the East Tennessee Historical Society on April 21, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom as we welcome Anne G’Fellers Mason, Executive Director of the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Heritage Alliance, to share her search for Nancy’s story; the story of an enslaved woman in 19th century Jonesborough, TN, whose experience will be dramatically voiced through a piece of museum theatre, scripted by Ms. Mason and based on the original, primary sources uncovered during her research.

In 1820, Elihu Embree published Jonesborough’s The Emancipator, the first periodical dedicated solely to the cause of abolitionism. In reality, Embree never truly lived up to his principles. Ms. Mason has worked to track Embree’s journey with abolitionism and the lives of the people he enslaved, including Nancy and her children who were manumitted in Embree’s will.

This program is the first in a series of Zoom Brown Bag programs and Saturday lectures to be offered this spring and summer. Sponsored the Albers Family Foundation in memory of Harriet Z. Albers and by Gentry-Griffey Funeral Home in Knoxville, the East Tennessee Historical Society is privileged to share the good work of history being done around East Tennessee, by East Tennesseans, and about East Tennessee’s story with our members and the public.

The “Desperately Seeking Nancy” program is free. We do ask that those interested in participating in the live Zoom program email to register. We will share the Zoom link in an email just prior to the program.

East Tennessee Historical Society
(865) 215-8824- Main