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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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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!

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