Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 28, 2021

UT Arboretum Society: Safe Wildlife Crossing Program

Category: Free event, Lectures & discussions and Science & nature

Join us for this educational virtual program Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. TDOT recently installed new bear crossing signs on I-40 near the North Carolina line on a section often considered a death trap for wildlife. Jeff Hunter, senior program manager with National Parks Conservation Association in Asheville, will speak on innovations to provide safe passage options for wildlife. As our world warms, wildlife populations need to expand northward. Highways are formidable barriers to this movement. Hunter facilitates the work of nearly 20 federal, state, tribal, and non-governmental organizations collaborating to make a 28-mile stretch of I-40 near the Smokies permeable for wildlife and safer for people.

Co-sponsored by the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and the UT Arboretum Society, registration for this free online event is required. The format for this program will be Zoom. To register go to You will be sent a link in your confirmation for program access.

Hunter’s work includes issues related to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. He also led the Tennessee Wild wilderness campaign focused on permanently protecting nearly 20,000 acres in the Cherokee National Forest, including 4.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The signing of the Tennessee Wilderness Act into law in December 2018 marked the completion of this project.

In accordance with the University of Tennessee guidelines for COVID-19 precautions, programs are currently being presented online. Though the UT Arboretum Society’s educational programs are not on-site activities, the UT Arboretum Society is pleased to bring the public some great online options.

The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, is one of ten outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. AgResearch is a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT Herbert College of Agriculture, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension offices, with locations in every county in the state. To learn more about the Arboretum Society or for questions on this program, go to or contact

Compassion Coalition Training: Responding to Requests for Assistance

  • January 28, 2021

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event and Health & wellness

JAN 28th (Thursday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm) - Frontline I: Responding to Requests for Assistance.

Sign-up today for our most requested training. What do you say when someone asks, “Can you help me?” How do you respond to requests for assistance? Whether you work in church benevolence, volunteer, or are just out in your community this training is for you. It will be via Zoom and will feature up to date resources based on what we are currently seeing in our community. FREE for coalition members, $50 for non-members. Contact for more information.

Zoo Knoxville: Community Blood Drive

Category: Festivals & special events and Health & wellness

MEDIC Bloodmobile
Thursday, January 28th . 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

January is National Blood Donor Month and Zoo Knoxville is hosting the MEDIC Bloodmobile at the Zoo on Thursday, January 28th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. As a thank you, all donors will receive a Zoo Knoxville general admission ticket and one coupon for a free Texas Roadhouse appetizer.

Make your reservation or call the MEDIC office at 865-524-3074. If you have questions about your eligibility to donate blood, please click here. ALL BLOOD TYPES ARE NEEDED! Priority will be given to those wtih an appointment, but walk-ins are accepted. All donors are required to wear a mask.

If you can not donate on January 28th, please click here to make an appointment on another date or different location. (Please note: zoo tickets and Texas Roadhouse coupons are only available at the Zoo donation event on the 28th.)

UT Humanities Center: Making Humans More Humane

  • January 28, 2021

Category: Free event and Lectures & discussions

"Making Humans More Humane: Henry Bergh and the Birth of Animal Rights in 19th-Century America"

Ernest Freeberg, Distinguished Professor and Head
UT Department of History
Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.

Professor Freeberg discusses his new book, A Traitor to His Species Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement. The book tells the story of a remarkable man who helped to shape our modern relationship with animals. In Gilded Age America, people and animals lived cheek by jowl in environments that were dirty and dangerous to man and beast alike. The industrial city brought suffering, but it also inspired a compassion for animals that fueled a controversial anti-cruelty movement. When Henry Bergh founded the ASPCA in 1866, he launched a campaign to grant rights to animals that was applauded by many, and ridiculed by many more. Bergh fought with robber barons, Five Points gangs, and legendary impresario P.T. Barnum as Bergh came to the defense of trolley horses, livestock, stray dogs, and other animals.

When is “continuing education” fun? The answer: always -- with our UTHC series “Conversations & Cocktails”! “Conversations & Cocktails” is a free public lecture and discussion series that showcases the original research done by our distinguished UT arts and humanities faculty. Our monthly get-togethers give you the opportunity to hear about fascinating work in the arts and in fields such as philosophy, history, and literature studies.This year our theme is “Breaking Boundaries,” featuring new, groundbreaking work in five different research fields. Presentations are 30-40 minutes long and are designed for the general public. A spirited question-and-answer discussion follows each presentation. While we usually hold our evening meetings at a restaurant in Knoxville, for the health and safety of our campus and community, we will host our spring 2021 Conversations & Cocktails lectures as webinars on Zoom.

Association of Fundraising Professionals: Virtual Social: Mixology & Game Night!

  • January 28, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

The Association of Fundraising Professionals works to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. The Association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. Locally, our chapter seeks to provide timely and informational educational programs and networking opportunities for members.

Free! Join us for a virtual social this month! Join your AFP Great Smoky Mountain Chapter for a Virtual Mixology and Game Night on Thursday, January 28 at 7:00pm. We'll mix two cocktails together led by your AFP peers. After the mixology portion of the evening, we will get to know each other via a trivia game on Kahoot! We will have the game board up on the shared Zoom screen while you enter your answers on your smart phone. More details will be provided in your confirmation email.

Finding Your Roots with the McClung Historical Collection

  • January 28, 2021

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event, History & heritage and Kids & family

Hosted by Event by East Tennessee PBS & Knox County Public Library
Online via Zoom
Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7 PM

Join East Tennessee PBS for a virtual event with the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection. Learn what opportunities are available for researching your own family histories, in the city of Knoxville and beyond. Tune in to Find Your East Tennessee Roots!

Event is made possible by the City of Knoxville, Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Knoxville History Project: The Photographic Conservationist

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

Thursday 6-7 PM

The Photographic Conservationist – The Surprising Legacy of Jim Thompson

When it comes to Knoxville photographers, James E. (Jim) Thompson was one of the most famous and most prolific - the quantity a quality of photographs that he captured on film of places and events around the city is distinctly remarkable.

Thompson’s artistic talents and keen business sense worked together right from the outset of the 20th century. His photographs of the Smoky Mountains featured in national newspapers and publications and helped booster a movement to create a national park just beyond his hometown. More than a few of his photographs are considered iconic. Outside of photography, he worked to build trails and determine lasting place names that still inform visitors’ experiences in the Smokies today.

Join Paul James of the Knoxville History Project for a look into the life and work of one of its talented Knoxvillians, whose work local historians come into contact with almost daily. Zoom link:

Join Jack Neely and staff each week for a new topic on Knoxville's rich and fascinating history. For more information and to register for this week's chat please visit

Knoxville History Project, 516 West Vine Avenue #8, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-300-4559

Morristown Art Association: 2021 Member's Art Show

  • January 25, 2021 — April 30, 2021

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

The Morristown Art Association is an organization dedicated to the support of visual artists and their work. Every year the MAA sponsors a Member’s Art Show that is usually displayed at the Morristown Public Library. This year, due to Covid-19, we are unable to display at the library and have decided to make our annual MAA Member’s Art Show virtual.

Those interested in becoming a member, or checking out our organization should go to our website at:

Participating artists in the Morristown Art Association Member’s Art Show are as follows: Lois Armstrong, Peggy Brewer, Betty Bullen, Dan Gibson, Susan Hurley, Frances Maynard, Jim Palmer, Janette Parrish, Mike Sandlock, Cathy Teller, Leona Toll, Cindy Trobaugh, Chizuru Warner.

Knoxville Children's Theatre: The Snow Queen

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

The play will be performed Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.

Snow Queen is adapted from the original famous story by Hans Christian Andersen. This is the story of Gerda, a little girl who searches for her friend Kay when she is bewitched and imprisoned by the Snow Queen in her ice palace. Gerda's innocence charms all good people and animals she meets on the way. With their help, Gerda travels to the Far North and confronts the Snow Queen in her ice palace in a struggle to save Kay’s life.

KCT Alumna Ashlee Latimer will direct the production.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

WDVX: Live From Home with Thomm Jutz

Category: Music

This Winter WDVX will continue presenting Real Live Music wherever you may be. Please join us for the “Live From Home” series featuring artists from their home settings, studio and more.

Thomm Jutz - part of our Bluegrass Series

January 22, 7pm - available for viewing until January 28.

All the concerts predominately benefit the artists with WDVX taking a smaller share of the ticket proceeds. To purchase tickets,

McClung Museum: Easter Island (Rapa Nui) Webinar Series

Category: Classes & workshops, Fine Crafts, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

Zoom Event | A link will be sent to registrants through email.

The McClung Museum will host a four-week webinar featuring world-renowned experts on Easter Island, Chile (Rapa Nui). The presentations will begin on Thursday, January 21, 2021 and run every Thursday through February 11, 2021.

The series is open to all alumni and friends of the university, but registration is required. Attendance is free to museum members and current University of Tennessee students. Non–members may attend for $10 for one session or $30 for all four webinar sessions. Any paid registration includes a Rapa Nui art print. Those purchasing all four sessions will also receive an annual membership to the McClung Museum.

Complimentary sessions do not include an art print; however, you will have an opportunity to purchase a print for $5 (while supplies last). Reproduction of a drawing by Alfredo Cea included in the book Ika Rapa Nui (Fish of Easter Island), Rapa Nui Press, 2020,

Ticket fees are a nonrefundable donation to the McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture. Sessions will be available live as well as asynchronously. Live sessions will include time for participants to interact with and ask questions of the presenters.

January 21, 2021, 5:30–6:30 p.m. EST
“Ingenuity in Stone: Archaeological Research on Rapa Nui” presented by Dr. Mara Mulrooney
January 28, 2021, 5:30–6:30 p.m. EST
“Looking for Polynesians in pre-Hispanic South America: A Personal Journey” presented by José Miguel Ramírez-Aliaga
February 4, 2021, 5:30–6:30 p.m. EST
“Ritualized Stone and Craft Specialization: Recent Excavation in Easter Island’s Statue Quarry” presented by Dr. Jo Anne Van Tilburg
February 11, 2021, 5:30–6:30 p.m. EST
"Rapa Nui and the Chilean Sovereignty 1860-1895” presented by Cristian Moreno Pakarati

Ewing Gallery: Learning from Piranesi: Architectural Representation and Tectonics

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and History & heritage

In January 2021, an exhibit opens that celebrates and conveys the influence of the respected Roman architect, Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

The exhibit, Learning from Piranesi: Architectural Representation and Tectonics, will be on display at the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture Jan. 20-Feb. 17, 2021.

The exhibit celebrates the 300th birth anniversary of Piranesi. Born in Venice and contributing to architecture around the world, Piranesi (1720-78) was an architect, delineator and theorist. His work has influenced generations of architects and painters during his own time and centuries later.

Piranesi produced as many as 4 million etchings from 1,000 copper plates. The exhibit is organized around these etchings and focuses on Piranesi’s many studies of ancient Roman construction techniques published in several of his major collected works.

The exhibit also includes works from Jacques Callot (1592-1635), Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) and Giuseppe Vasi (1710-1782) as well as contemporaneous works of former fellows of the American Academy of Rome and of future architects.

The exhibit was curated by George Dodds, Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Design, and designed by Louis Gauci, principal of Louis Emmanuel Gauci Architecture & Design.

Due to health and safety restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, Ewing Gallery has instituted visitation protocols. Visitors should review the information before arriving at the gallery and contact Ewing Gallery for updates before traveling to Knoxville.

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

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