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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture: Carolyn Finney

  • February 29, 2024

Category: Free event, Lecture, panel and Literature, spoken word, writing

Author and storyteller Carolyn Finney will be the featured speaker at the 2024 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture on Feb. 29. The lecture will be held at 7 pm at the East Tennessee History Center. Admission is free.

Finney returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A. (both of these degrees focused on gender and environmental issues in Kenya and Nepal, respectively), and Ph.D. (which focused on African Americans and environmental issues in the U.S.) She has been a Fulbright Scholar and a Canon National Parks Science Scholar, and she received a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Studies.

In her 2014 book Black Faces, White Spaces, Finney argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the "great outdoors" and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces.

Though admission is free, registration is required by February 14 here. The lecture is sponsored by the John C. Hodges Society of UT Libraries and Friends of the Knox County Public Library.

Clarence Brown Theatre: The Giver

Category: Kids, family, Literature, spoken word, writing and Theatre

By Lois Lowry
Adapted by Eric Coble
Clarence Brown Theatre
February 14 – March 3, 2024

From one of the most popular young adult novels of our time. Jonas’ world is perfect. It’s safe. Controlled. Without war or pain. Without color. Where every person is assigned a role in the community. At age 12, he’s chosen to be keeper of the community’s memories from The Giver, the only person with memories of real pain and joy. As Jonas begins to experience these memories, he is faced with a decision: conform to society’s expectations or control his own destiny.

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information/tickets: 865-974-5161,