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
    November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to November 4, 2018 - 12:45pm

    Join us on Saturday, November 3, for a special Veterans Day event featuring a partnership between ETHS, University of Tennessee History Department, the UT Center for the Study of War and Society, the Knoxville History Project, and Knox Count Schools. In advance of Veterans Day, four historians will discuss themes related to local history and...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 29, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Many will recall the Cold War incident when CIA U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down in the midst of the Cold War on May 1, 1960, while flying in Soviet airspace. Following his capture he was tried for espionage and then served nearly two years in a Soviet prison, until eventually exchanged for a senior KGB spy. Powers' son, Francis Gary...
  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 21, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

    In a special lecture on October 21, Tom Boyd will discuss his new book, A Father's Son: The Development of an Entrepreneur, where he traces the experiences and influences of three generations of a family, from the hardscrabble days of the Great Depression to the present in the shaping of lives today. He especially explores the...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 17, 2018 - 12:00pm to October 18, 2018 - 12:45pm

    Well cared for and gleaming uniform white stones, Knoxville's National Cemetery still doesn't look ancient, but in fact it's one of the city's best-preserved relics of the Civil War. Its establishment was a priority of General Burnside when his army occupied Knoxville in 1863, and some graves are exactly where they were during the Confederate...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 11, 2018 - 6:00pm to October 12, 2018 - 7:45pm

    In 1982 Knoxville hosted the People’s Republic of China for its inaugural World’s Fair participation. Join Bo Roberts, the president and CEO of the World’s Fair and former UT vice president, Jack Neely, executive director of the Knoxville History Project, and Shellen Wu, UT associate professor of modern Chinese history, to commemorate the event...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to October 11, 2018 - 12:45pm

    Join the Knox County Public Library and the East Tennessee Historical Society and hear a noon presentation by John Stewart, Legislative Director for Senator Hubert Humphrey, as he speaks on the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Lunch will be available, but pre-orders will need to be made through the Library's webpage.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 8, 2018 - 12:00pm to October 9, 2018 - 10:45pm

    One of the most extraordinary units in military history trained in Tennessee, then went to Europe in 1944 to put on a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the Germany Army as their audience. Armed with inflatable tanks, sound effects, and more than a few tricks up their sleeves, these men of the Twenty-Third...

  • Presented by the University of Tennessee History Department
    September 20, 2018 - 5:00pm to September 21, 2018 - 5:45pm

    People in the South have never stayed still for long. From the founding of the nation to today, people have moved to, through, and from the South. By tracing these movements in the eras of slavery, segregation, and the present, we trace the countours of Southern history over two centuries.

    Edward Ayers, Ph.D., is the Tuceker-Boatwright...