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Conversations & Cocktails: "A Sense of Indigenous Place at UT" with Lisa King

On March 23, Lisa King, associate professor of English at UT, will give a public talk titled, “A Sense of Indigenous Place at UT.”

Landmarks like Ayres Hall or Neyland Stadium are considered the defining features of UT’s Knoxville campus, but they aren’t actually the oldest or the even the most important sites with stories to tell. The Indigenous mound on the UT agricultural campus rarely receives the attention it deserves. UT faculty and staff are now working with Tribal Nations to tell the stories of the mound and this land, centering Indigenous perspectives for the first time. This talk will discuss some of those stories, as well as preview the McClung Museum’s forthcoming exhibition dedicated to the mound and indigenous culture in East Tennessee.

About the Speaker:

Lisa King is an associate professor of rhetoric, writing, and linguistics in the Department of English at UT. Her work is interdisciplinary, based on cultural rhetorics with an emphasis in contemporary Native American/Indigenous rhetorics. She is co-editor of Survivance, Sovereignty, and Story: Teaching American Indian Rhetorics, and author of Legible Sovereignties: Rhetoric, Representations, and Native American Museums. Her current projects include a co-edited collection with Andrea Riley Mukavetz, titled Decolonial Possibilities: Indigenously-Rooted Practices in Rhetoric and Writing, and an upcoming exhibition at McClung Museum tentatively titled “A Sense of Indigenous Place.”

About the series:

Conversations & Cocktails is a free public lecture series hosted by the UT Humanities Center, which showcases the original research of our distinguished University of Tennessee arts and humanities faculty. Our monthly talks give you the opportunity to hear about fascinating and groundbreaking work in the arts and in fields such as philosophy, history, and literary studies. Presentations are 30-40 minutes long and are designed for the general public. A spirited question-and-answer discussion follows each presentation.

If you enjoy this series and would like to support future UT Humanities Center programming, please visit this site to learn about giving opportunities.

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Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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