How East Tennessee Transformed the World: Following the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Global Career during the Cold War

@ East Tennessee History Center
East Tennessee History Center Bilo Nelson Auditorium
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 1:45pm

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 governments in the so-called “Third World” looked to the Tennessee Valley for lessons in rationalizing water, land use, and human society, giving East Tennessee a global footprint far greater than would be expected. Tore C. Olson is an assistant professor of history at the University of Tennessee.

The program is presented in partnership with the University of Tennessee Department of History and the East Tennessee Historical Society.  The lecture is free and open to the public and will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Bilo Nelson Auditorium at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville.