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“Having Difficult Conversations on Oppression vs. Privilege,” Sept. 26

We invite you to Lunch and Learn with the Libraries’ Diversity Committee. Professors Michelle Christian from the Department of Sociology and Jioni Lewis from Psychology will help students and other members of the university community begin a dialog about racial inequality. Join the conversation on Tuesday, September 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Mary Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library. Everyone is welcome.

Christian teaches and conducts research on race, racism, and global inequalities. Most recently, she co-created the curriculum for the Department of Sociology’s new concentration in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies.

Lewis teaches courses on African American psychology, multicultural psychology, and social justice theory and practice. Her research is focused on the influence of subtle forms of racism and sexism on the mental and physical health of women of color.

In 2013, Christian and Lewis co-founded the Critical Race Collective, an interdisciplinary research group focused on critical race studies in research, teaching, and service to the university.

“Having Difficult Conversations on Oppression vs. Privilege” is co-sponsored by the Libraries’ Diversity Committee and Multicultural Student Life.

The Lunch and Learn series promotes civility and awareness of diversity issues. The next Lunch and Learn conversation will be an exchange on stress management, October 26.

The John C. Hodges Library is 30 Years Old!

Join us October 23 to celebrate a notable milestone in the history of the UT Libraries: the thirtieth anniversary of the John C. Hodges Library.

30th Anniversary Celebration
Monday, October 23, 2017
Street Fair in the Commons—3-5 p.m.
Reception, 1st floor galleria—5:30 p.m.
Free and open to all

Two thousand seventeen marks the thirtieth year that the John C. Hodges Library has served as the main library for the UT Knoxville campus . . . that is, the John C. Hodges Library in its present incarnation, the striking ziggurat-shaped building familiar to current students and visitors to our campus.

The present John C. Hodges Library is, in fact, an expansion of the earlier building of the same name that stood at 1015 Volunteer Boulevard from 1969 until reconstruction commenced in 1984. That first building, officially the John C. Hodges Undergraduate Library, was built to deliver collections and services to the arriving wave of Baby Boomers.

By the 1980s, growing collections and new information technologies had begun to outpace the available space and infrastructure of the John C. Hodges Undergraduate Library. Campus planners wisely decided to expand the undergraduate library to create a new main library located at the center of the growing campus.

The new John C. Hodges Library opened in September 1987 with forty miles of book stacks and 1.1 million volumes. The new expansion essentially wrapped around the core of the older building and more than tripled the library’s square footage. The Hodges Library was at the time the largest and most modern library building in Tennessee.

Please join us to celebrate. Our evening reception on October 23 will feature music, refreshments, and remarks by:

  • architect Doug McCarty, principal-in-charge of the 1987 expansion of Hodges Library
  • Pauline Bayne, the librarian who planned the move of over a million books

The Elaine Altman Evans Exhibit Area in the first-floor galleria will unveil new displays including the original architects’ model for Hodges Library and a pictorial retrospective of “UT Then and Now.”

For more information about the October 23 celebration, contact Megan Venable (865-974-6903,

Join Dean Steve Smith for the 5th Annual Library Tailgate

For the fifth year in a row, Dean of Libraries Steve Smith invites our UT Library Supporters to come and experience a unique tailgating adventure here on Rocky Top.

Guests at our annual Library Tailgate Party enjoy an elaborate cookout on our rooftop patio overlooking the entire University of Tennessee campus. Those at the pre-game celebration can visit with fellow Vols; meet our librarians, faculty, and staff; catch up on the ongoing action in the SEC on our big-screen TVs; and learn more about the Libraries’ programs and goals for the future. Early attendees can also score some UT Vols swag to take with them to the game and help cheer on the Vols against the University of Massachusetts Minutemen.

With breathtaking views of the Neyland Stadium from the John C. Hodges Library’s vantage point high above Volunteer Boulevard, attendees will also have the opportunity to watch the procession of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band from the Natalie Haslam Music Building into the Stadium.

Please join your fellow Library Supporters at the 2017 Library Tailgate Party prior to the Vols game against the University of Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday, September 23rd, at 9 a.m. in the 6th Floor Staff Lounge of the John C. Hodges Library. Kickoff is at noon. RSVP attendance to or 865-974-6903.

Miles Reading Room Has New Look

We’ve completed another phase in our master plan for keeping UT library spaces fresh and inviting. The Paul M. and Marion T. Miles Reading Room on the first floor of the John C. Hodges Library has been refreshed with new furnishings, fresh paint, more power outlets, and a more open study environment.

The first floor is a designated Quiet Study Floor, so the new color scheme for the Miles Reading Room is more muted than our dynamic Commons area and more conducive to quiet study. The reading room features a variety of seating areas, from easy chairs to booths to traditional oak library tables.

The reading room is named for longtime supporters of the UT Libraries, Paul and Marion Miles.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in the Miles Reading Room on Friday, September 22, at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the celebration.

Library Hosts Living and Learning Community

Kolin Konjura, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Office of Undergraduate Research

Kolin Konjura, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Office of Undergraduate Research

UT’s living and learning communities provide opportunities for collaboration, learning, and community for students who share a common academic interest. Students live together in university housing, participate in the same classes or projects, and reinforce each other’s success.

In Fall 2016, the UT Libraries partnered with the Office of Undergraduate Research to launch the Discovery Living and Learning Community. Discovery LLC gives first- and second-year students, from all majors, the opportunity to engage in mentored research projects that solve problems, generate new knowledge, and create new ways of looking at the world.

Students in Discovery LLC learn how to use the libraries, find and evaluate information, and also conduct and present research. Discovery students are matched with faculty members and research projects across disciplines and learn the skills of research in a supportive community of peers. By the completion of the course students will develop skills for finding, synthesizing, and presenting scholarly information, as well as understanding how to locate, generally interpret, and understand data and information across disciplines.

Move-in day at the Discovery Living and Learning Community

Move-in day at the Discovery Living and Learning Community

The interdisciplinary living and learning community has been hugely popular. During Discovery LLC’s inaugural year, First-Year Studies had to add a second section of the “Introduction to Research” class to accommodate demand.

Librarians Anna Sandelli, Ingrid Ruffin, Teresa Walker, and Michelle Brannen teach weekly class sessions and participate in engagement activities with students. UT librarians provide research assistance to Discovery LLC students to help them conduct and support their projects.

Read more about the Discovery LLC:

Meet our Scholarship Recipient

Mindi Anderson is the 2017-18 recipient of the Red and Theresa Howse and Jim and Betty Papageorge Library Scholarship Endowment.

My name is Mindi Anderson, and I am the recipient of the Howse/Papageorge scholarship for this school year. Since working in Pendergrass, I have come to realize that a career in a learning environment is right up my alley. I hope to finish my undergrad in 2019, and complete my master’s in library science immediately after.

I am passionate about literature, and aspire to pursue a career in libraries. The Howse/Papageorge scholarship has helped to make that dream come true. Coming from a single parent home, finances are limited. The assistance provided by the scholarship helped ease the financial burden, and made realizing my dream that much more doable. Thanks to the Howse/Papageorge scholarship, my future at UT and in the library field is looking bright!

Meet Our Public Services Librarians

If you stop by the Hodges Library Public Services desk for help or chat with us online, you’ll likely talk with one of our Public Services librarians. They’re available to answer a quick question or to provide in-depth research assistance.

Click on a photo to find out more about them. (They’re not stereotypical librarians!)

Librarians are available to answer your questions by walk-in, email, phone, chat and text, and by appointment with the librarian who specializes in your discipline —

Remodeled Quiet Study Space in Hodges Library

Students looking for a quiet place to study should check out the refurbished Miles Reading Room on the first floor of Hodges Library. Upgrades to the Miles Reading Room include new furniture, fresh paint, more power outlets, and a more open and appealing study environment—including a variety of booths, counters, pods, and easy chairs.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in the Miles Reading Room on Friday, September 22, at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the celebration.

Further renovations to library spaces are planned, including upgrades to both public and staff areas at Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library and a Graduate Student Commons adjacent to the Miles Reading Room to support the unique needs of graduate students.

Writers in the Library: Kirstin Valdez Quade, Sept. 25

On Monday, September 25, Kirstin Valdez Quade will read at the University of Tennessee. The event is part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series. Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, winner of the John Leonard Prize, the Sue Kaufman Prize, and a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation. “Set mainly in tight-knit Catholic, Mexican-American communities in New Mexico,” writes the Dallas Morning News, Night at the Fiestas “enthralls with tales of people striving to better their lives while enduring the aftermath of past mistakes.” The New York Times calls three of Quade’s stories from Night at the Fiestas “legitimate masterpieces” and goes on to say, “This is a variety of beauty too rare in contemporary literature.”

Kirstin Valdez Quade’s work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Southern Review, and Guernica, and it has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Currently she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Princeton University.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend. A brown bag Q&A, open to University of Tennessee students, will be held at noon in 1210 McClung Tower.

The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at or visit for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2017-2018 academic year.


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“Crime Documents from the Estes Kefauver Collection” now online

Kefauver Crime Committee

Senator Kefauver (center) confers with chief counsel Rudolph Halley during Senate crime committee hearings. (Estes Kefauver Papers, University of Tennessee Libraries)

US Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee gained national attention in the early 1950s when he chaired congressional investigations into organized crime in America. Kefauver’s records of those inquiries form the basis of Crime Documents from the Estes Kefauver Collection, one of the newest digital collections of the University Libraries at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The crime documents were digitized from materials in the Estes Kefauver Papers, the largest collection in UT’s Modern Political Archives, which are housed in the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

In 1950 and 1951, the Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce held hearings in major cities across the US, interviewing hundreds of witnesses and exposing the intrusion of organized crime into business and government.

The new medium of television brought the Kefauver hearings, as they were popularly known, into millions of American living rooms. The public was captivated by the spectacle of senators grilling mobsters on live TV and shocked by revelations that public officials were guilty of collusion in criminal activities.

Comic Books and Juvenile Delinquency

“This country cannot afford the calculated risk involved in feeding its children, through comic books, a concentrated diet of crime, horror, and violence,” according to this summary of findings on Comic Books and Juvenile Delinquency. (Estes Kefauver Papers, University of Tennessee Libraries)

The hearings propelled Kefauver to national prominence, making him a serious contender in the 1952 presidential campaign.

Crime Documents from the Estes Kefauver Collection includes press releases, speeches, article drafts, and government publications. Also included are materials documenting another crime probe chaired by Kefauver: the Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency in the United States. Seeking causes for the growing national crisis, Kefauver’s committee blamed crime movies, lurid comic books, and pornographic literature for the moral corruption of American teenagers.

Carey Estes Kefauver (1903–1963) was a Madisonville, Tennessee, native and a graduate of UT and Yale Law School. He practiced law in Chattanooga before representing Tennessee in the US House of Representatives from 1939 to 1949. He served in the US Senate from 1949 to 1963 and twice ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

More more information, contact Kris Bronstad, Modern Political Archives (865-974-3749,

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