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Incoming Haslam Scholars Awarded Peyton Manning Scholarships

Last Friday, four members of the incoming Haslam Scholars cohort joined 29 of their HSP colleagues as recipients of the Peyton Manning Scholarship. Selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, and community service this year’s scholarship recipients include Emma Kate Hall of Lebanon, Tennessee; Grace Neiman of West Point, Nebraska; Sydney Peay of Spring Hill, Tennessee, and Blake Turpin of Knoxville.

Blake Turpin, Grace Neiman, Peyton Manning, Emma Kate Hall, and Sydney Peay.

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Rethinking How We Live: Making Sustainability Happen

This course will be taught by Michael McKinney, professor of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Science. Professor McKinney’s varied academic interests focus on biological issues. Class will be held Wednesdays from 12:20 to 1:10.

Course description:
An introduction to the exciting and rapidly growing field of “sustainable living”, which emphasizes reducing the environmental footprint of individuals and cultures. Topics include environmental footprints, green living, green consumerism, ethical consumption, voluntary simplicity, green technologies and many other ways for people to actively reduce their impact on the environment.

Mindfulness and Meditation

This course will be led by Casey Sams, director of Undergraduate Studies for Theatre. Professor Casey’s interests include movement, acting, and music theatre. Class will be held Fridays from 9:05 – 9:55.

Course Description:
In this course, students will learn to meditate and have the opportunity to experience the many benefits that come with mindful living. Research has that meditation can reduce stress, reduce physical pain, increase resistance to illness, improve the quality of relationships and improve academic performance.

Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France 1791

This course will be taught by Marina Maccari – Clayton, senior lecturer in history. Maccari- Clayton’s research focuses on international migration and globalization. Class will be held Thursdays from 9:40 – 10:30.

Course description:

This course approaches the study of the French Revolution using a role-playing format As leaders of major factions within the National Assembly (and the streets outside), students strive to create a constitution for a new France, amidst internal chaos and threats of foreign invasion. Will the king retain power? Will the priests of the Catholic Church obey the “general will” of the National Assembly or the dictates of the pope in Rome? Do traditional institutions and values constitute restraints on freedom and individual dignity or are they its essential bulwarks? Are slaves, women, and Jews entitled to the “rights of man”? is violence a legitimate means of changing society or of purging it of dangerous elements? In wrestling with these issues, students examine Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract and Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, among other texts.

Disney Magic: Making a World of Difference

This course will be taught by Suzanne Prentiss, a senior lecturer in communication studies. Class will be held once a week on Thursdays from 3:40 – 4:30.

Course description:

This UNHO 101 will use the Disney Company as a case study in making a positive difference in a variety of ways. Many of us know the “magic” of Disney through experience with one facet of the company, such as animated feature films, amusement parks, or ESPN. In this class, we will examine the breadth and depth of the company as a whole, including its beginnings, holdings, and global reach. As a communication teacher and scholar, I will direct our examination of its use of narrative and storytelling, creativity and innovation as examples of how to discover commonalities, build connections, and expand horizons. Throughout the term, we will weave the pillars of the 1794 program into the curriculum with a focus on servant leadership. We will introduce academic engagement by examining the literature and scholarship about Disney through a myriad of disciplinary lenses, including business, communication, film, technology, design, and ecology. As a global company, we will examine Disney’s cross-cultural communication, respect for diversity and commitment to worldwide initiatives in areas such as education, conservation, and innovation. We will use this experience to positively impact life on our campus as well as in the community by sharing our knowledge in creative and engaging ways.

History of Machines

This course will be taught by Don Dareing, professor emeritus of engineering. Class will be held Wednesdays from 12:20 – 1:10.

Course description:

All machines require a power source, to transmit power and a useful purpose. The seminar will cover the evolution of mechanical power from human labor to water wheels to rockets. Central to the discussion is the steam engine and its impact on the industrial revolutions in Europe and America. Social and economic issues during the gilded age and the progressive era offer opportunities for student discussion. The initial motivation for rock oil (kerosene) and the need for a safe and cheap illuminate marked the beginning of the petroleum industry, which responded to a huge market demand for fossil fuel. This course shows how history and technology are interrelated and how technology has responded to the needs of a growing world population. Students will reflect on huge advances in energy technology and will be challenged to develop new technology to meet future world needs. 


This course will be led by Gina Di Salvo, assistant professor of theater history and dramaturgy. Professor Di Salvo’s academic interests include theater history, dramatic criticism, Shakespeare, saints, and dramaturgy. Class will be held Wednesdays from 11:15 – 12:05.

Course description: 

This course is a semester-long exploration of the legacy of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and qualitative research using the musical Hamilton: An American Musical, biography, and archival documents. Through listening and analyzing the cast album, watching documentaries and clips, examining documents (in both draft and final forms), and conducting interviews, we will explore both how our national founding narratives circulate in both history and popular culture. Through hands-on and mostly in-class, collaborative, experiential activities, students learn both archival and ethnographic methods for research, as well as develop written and oral rhetorical skills.

Better by Science?

This course will be taught by Todd Freeberg, an associate adjunct professor in psychology. Professor Freeberg’s research interests center on animal behavior and animal communication. Class will be held once a week on Wednesdays from 11:15-12:05.

Course description:

Humanity has benefited enormously from scientific advances – science has made us physically better. Has science also made us better morally? We will examine this question by reading and discussing Michael Shermer’s 2015 book, “The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People.” Our goal will be to increase our understanding of the ability of scientific thinking to make a better and more just world.


Great Smoky Mountains National Park: The People’s Legacy

Sarah Hunter Profile photoThis course will be taught by Sarah Hunter, associate director of admissions and first-year experience for the Honors & Scholars Programs. Class will be held on Wednesdays from 9:05 – 9:55.

Course description:

This course will explore the history of the national park and its people. We will study the campaign and motivating factors that led to the creation of a national park as well as those who were personally affected. Particular focus will be given to how individual and group advocacy has shaped park growth over the ensuing years as well as its continued impact on park development today. Learn more about this beautiful park that is in our backyard!

One Health @ UT

This course will be led by Kimberly Gwinn, associate professor of Entomology and Plant Pathology. Professor Gwinn’s academic focus is in plant pathology. Class will be held Tuesdays from 5:10 – 6:00.

Course Description: 
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” (John Muir). Federal agencies that have historically acted unilaterally are now recognizing that health of animals and the environment are inextricably linked. The “One Health” approach is the collaborative effort of the human health, veterinary health and environmental health communities to interact on a local, national and global scales in order to attain and maintain optimal health not only for people, but for domestic, farm, and food animals, wildlife, plants and our environment. This course will focus on research programs at the University of Tennessee that approach solving disease issues through communication, cooperation, and collaboration across disciplines and institutions, thus maintaining or reducing health risks to animals, humans, the environment, and society.

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