Love history and want to learn more? Explore a variety of historical topics as authors, scholars, and local historians present the latest research and books, as well as new looks at old subjects. Lectures are open to the public and are free of charge unless otherwise stated.

Previous Lectures

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 11, 2018 - 12:00pm to February 12, 2018 - 12:45pm

    Only after lengthy debate and soul-searching about national identity did America enter the Great War. In a special Sunday lecture on February 11, Michael Neiberg, PhD, will track American responses to the 1914 outbreak of the war, the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, and debates on national preparedness in 1916. By 1917, most Americans, even...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to November 18, 2017 - 12:45pm

    During the depths of the Great Depression, some 76,000 men, ages 17-25, served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Tennessee, building bridges, dams, and roads, stocking fish, building state parks, and providing rescue relief. Much of their work remains today. Through short segments of his PBS film and excerpts from his book, Mr. Jamerson...

  • A Panel of Authors, Moderated by Julia Watts
    November 12, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Edited by Julia Watts and Larry Smith, Unbroken Circle is an anthology highlighting people and stories from the American South. Participating authors include Knoxvillians Julia Watts, L. Mahayla Smith, Melanie Haws, Tom Ray, David Hunter, and from Memphis, Charles Dodd White. 

    Presented by the Friends of the Knox County...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to November 9, 2017 - 12:45pm

    In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, November 8, Jack Neely will explore the history of epidemics and major outbreaks in East Tennessee and how they shaped our community. The program is part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read, featuring Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apocalyptic novel, Station Eleven, the story of a small...

  • The First in a Three-Part Series on WWI in America
    November 5, 2017 - 2:00pm to November 6, 2017 - 3:45pm

    The first in a three-part series presented by the University of Tennessee Center for the Study of War and Society in partnership with the East Tennessee Historical Society will feature Josh Jeffery and Ryan Gesme, graduate students from the University of Tennessee Department of History, will present original research from their recent...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm to October 25, 2017 - 6:45pm

    In a special evening lecture on Tuesday, October 24, Tore Olson demonstrates how twentieth-century efforts to overcome poverty in East Tennessee through the Tennessee Valley Authority came to serve as a model for accomplishing similar goals in places s far-flung places, such as Mexico, India, and Afghanistan. After World War II, countless...

  • A Program of the Knox County Public Library and Humanities Tennessee
    October 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to October 17, 2017 - 12:45pm

    Why do some monuments provide powerful emotions while others are largely forgotten?  This public presentation will provide a broader context for debates about historical monuments to help Tennesseans think about the role these markers play in communities today.

    Presented by Dr. Ellen K. Daugherty, Professor of Art History, Memphis...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to October 12, 2017 - 12:45pm

    In conjunction with the feature exhibition Stories in Stitches: Quilts from the East Tennessee Historical Society's Permanent Collection guest co-curator and nationally and internationally known quilt historian Merikay Waldvogel will share her favorite Southern quilt stories, including several from the exhibit.

    Merikay Waldvogel...