Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Asian Culture Center of TN: Persona non Grata film

Category: Film, Free event and History, heritage

Chiune Sugihara man saved 6000 Jews. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives. The world didn’t know what he’d done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.

Join the Nashville Film Festival and the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville for a free screening of Persona non Grata, a film celebrating the life of Chiune Sugihara. Before the screening, enjoy in-depth discussion from experts which provides historical and emotional context to the film. This screening will be available from March 25-3, and is available for anyone to screen for free on their home computer or smart device. Registration is required to access this free film screening.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Portrait of a Queen

Category: Music

Thursday, March 25th, 7:30 p.m.

Tennessee Theatre

Aram Demirjian leads the KSO as the Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series continues with a pair of symphonies by contemporaries Joseph Bologne (more commonly known by his title, “Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges”) and Joseph Haydn. Florence Price’s lyrical Andante moderato precedes Carlos Simon’s Portrait of a Queen, which “traces the evolution of black people in America through the lens of the black woman…who represents strength, courage, and selflessness” (Carlos Simon). The KSO welcomes Beck Cultural Exchange Center President, Reverend Reneé Kesler, as a guest speaker for the program.

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No. 85 (La reine)
JOSEPH BOLOGNE Sinfonia No. 2 in D major (L’Amant anonyme)
FLORENCE PRICE Andante moderato from String Quartet in G major
CARLOS SIMON Portrait of a Queen

UT Humanities Center: Printing Presses, Playing Cards, and a Renaissance of Technology

  • March 25, 2021

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Lecture, discussion, panel

"Printing Presses, Playing Cards, and a Renaissance of Technology"

Kelli Wood, Assistant Professor of Art History
UT School of Art
Sean Roberts, Lecturer of Art History
UT School of Art

Thursday, March 25, 2021
7:00 P.M.

The invention of the printing press was revolutionary in the European Renaissance, but what about playing cards? In this conversation, Professors Kelli Wood and Sean Roberts will bring together their respective areas of expertise, game studies and the history of print, to explore how early playing cards and cultures of gambling were not only enabled by technological innovation, but in fact spurred it. The pips, packs, suits, and rules of card games spread throughout Europe rapidly, occurring during the same era as the burgeoning of paper mills and the technology of woodcut printing. Professors Wood and Roberts consider the question, “Did printing itself develop in response to the demand to reproduce playing cards inexpensively and disseminate them to a wide audience of would-be gamblers?”

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.

East Tennessee Historical Society: Night at the Museum

Category: Fundraisers and History, heritage

Please join us *virtually* on March 25 at 7 p.m. for our "Night at the Museum" fundraiser presented in honor of recently retired Executive Director, Cherel Bolin Henderson, and to celebrate the Museum of East Tennessee History!

You will have the opportunity to explore the stories behind select artifacts on display in the Museum, enjoy a sneak peak of the Museum's new interactive children's gallery "History Headquarters," and learn what goes on behind the scenes to care for the thousands of artifacts in the Museum's collection!

Tickets are $100 with all proceeds benefiting the East Tennessee Historical Society.
ETHS members will receive 25% off tickets!
Reserve your tickets:

Knox History Project: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Category: Free event and History, heritage

Thursday, March 25 at 6:00 pm on Zoom

Next week, we’ll celebrate one last Zoom Thursday of Women’s History Month, with a discussion of the surprisingly local career of one of the most popular novelists of the Victorian era, English-born Frances Hodgson Burnett. The author of The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy has been the subject of a couple of full-length biographies, but none have gone into nearly the detail concerning the author’s Knoxville years as Paul Brown, author of two fascinating recent articles in the Journal of East Tennessee History about Burnett and her experience with Knoxville.

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Black Achievement and White Denial: African American Soldiers in the World Wars

  • March 25, 2021

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Lecture, discussion, panel

6th Annual Fleming-Morrow Lecture in African American History
"Black Achievement and White Denial: African American Soldiers in the World Wars"

Speaker John H. Morrow, Jr.

Franklin Professor of History, University of Georgia

This lecture will provide an overview of African American servicemen in both World War I and World War II and will explain the valor and competence of black servicemen in both wars during the era of white supremacy, segregation, and Jim Crow.

In 1971, Dr. John H. Morrow, Jr. made history when he became the first African American faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee, where he taught for seventeen years. During that time, Dr. Morrow, a distinguished historian of modern Europe and World War I, was selected as a National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher. He also holds the distinction of being the University of Tennessee’s first African American Macebearer, the highest honor that a faculty member can receive. In 1983, Dr. Morrow made history again when he became the first African American to chair a department at UTK. He served as head of the History Department until his departure from the university in 1988. Dr. Morrow is currently the Franklin Professor of History at the University of Georgia and the author of six books and edited collections, including most recently Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality (2014).

In November 2019 Dr. Morrow was the recipient of the 2019 Pritzker Military Museum and Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, which is awarded to a living author for a significant body of work dedicated to enriching the understanding of military history and affairs. It was first awarded in 2007 and has since become one of the most prestigious literary prizes of its kind. On September 10, 2020, Morrow was awarded the Albert. B. Saye Professorship in History at the University of Georgia, which he holds concurrently with the Franklin Professorship.

Register for this meeting.
Thursday, March 25 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Poets & Writers 2021 Gala with Oprah Winfrey, Joy Harjo, and Cornelius Eady

  • March 25, 2021

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Literature, reading, writing and Music

An evening with Oprah Winfrey, Joy Harjo, and Cornelius Eady

The UT Department of English is proud to invite you to the Poets and Writers 2021 Gala, featuring poet, playwright, and songwriter Joy Harjo, the former John C. Hodges Chair of Excellence in English at UT, and current U.S. Poet Laureate; poet, playwright, and songwriter Cornelius Eady, the incoming Hodges Chair of Excellence, who will join our faculty in August of 2021; and Oprah Winfrey. The evening will be hosted by Stacey Abrams, with music by the Cornelius Eady Trio. This extraordinary event is free, though donations to the Poets & Writers organization, which supports artists and writers across the country, is very much encouraged.

Register for this event.
Thursday, March 25 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

WDVX: Spring Fund Drive

Category: Fundraisers and Music

March 24th - 28th
We can't do what we do without you! Check out the 'thank you' gifts. We've brought back the classic WDVX license plate along with a new T-shirt and cap! Please consider a financial donation to keep the good music going at WDVX!

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville: Career Boot Camp

  • March 24, 2021 — March 25, 2021

Category: Classes, workshops and Free event

Wed-Thu Mar 24-25, 10 AM – 1 PM: Career Boot Camp
Free! Get the tools you need to re-enter the workforce. Resume writing, interviewing, customer service during COVID-19, smart goal development, and crisis planning. Sign up via 865-588-8567 or

Knoxville Community Darkroom: Classes & Workshops

Category: Classes, workshops and Exhibitions, visual art

March 22nd Class (Learning Series - The Camera) 6PM-8PM - The Camera will teach you all about analog shooting. Topics covered will be: selecting a camera, camera functions, operating in that mysterious "Manual" mode, metering your subject, lens selection, and more. Pricing for this individual class is $60.
This class is limited to 3 participants.

March 24th Class (Learning Series - The Negative) 6PM-8PM - The Negative will take you inside The Darkroom where you will learn to load and process your film. Pricing for this individual class is $60. This class is limited to 3 participants.

March 27th (Learning Series - The Print) 2PM-4PM - The Print will take you inside The Darkroom where you will learn the basics of enlarger use, burning and dodging and developing finished prints. For this class, you must bring your developed film and B&W photo paper. We suggest buying film and paper locally from F32 near West Town Mall. Pricing for this individual class is $60. This class is limited to 3 participants.

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Fountain City Art Center: Open Photography Show

  • March 19, 2021 — April 21, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

March 19 – April 21, 2021
Featuring a variety of photography by local artists! Juried for awards by Clay Thurston.

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tu-Th 9-5, or by appointment. Information: 865-357-2787,

UT Arboretum Society: Online Spring Plant Sale

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

Spring is almost here and it will soon be time to plant your yard. If you want to buy plants to enhance your garden this spring, but want to avoid crowds, visit the UT Arboretum Society’s Annual Spring Plant Sale which will be held online with sales from March 19th to April 3rd with pick-up dates April 9th and 10th at the UT Arboretum. Our plant sales are some of our biggest fundraisers of the year and help support the Arboretum’s community education, trail improvements such as our Nature Book Trail, and children’s programs.

For two weeks, you can browse the selections of perennials, trees, and shrubs available from our vendors Tennessee Naturescapes, Riverdale Nursery and East Fork Nursery of Sevierville. The three vendors offer a wonderful selection of plants including unique conifers, both evergreen and native azaleas, hydrangeas, milkweed, beauty berry, and a wide variety of native pollinator plants to name just a few! Quantities are limited so we suggest early shopping! Beginning March 19th at 5:00 p.m., log on to to shop and make payment. Sales will end on April 3rd at 5:00 p.m. All payments must be made by credit card online in advance. No sales or payments on the pick-up days are possible.

Upon ordering, you will be provided a link to choose a pick-up time on either Friday, April 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 10th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge. You must schedule a pick-up time on these two days. Arboretum Society members will have your plant orders ready for pick-up. This is a no contact pick-up system. When you arrive at your scheduled time, you will come to designated pick up spots and your order will be brought to your car.

This is an amazing opportunity which allows the public to shop for an extended period of time without gathering in large groups on one day. People will also have access to a wonderful selection of plants from three outstanding nurseries all at one online site.

To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to For more information on the plant sale, contact

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