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An Evening with Adam Savage

The Mossman Distinguished Lecture Series presents An Evening with Adam Savage.

An artist and a self-defined skeptic, Savage will celebrate wonder, whimsy, and the maker movement in his lecture. His credits as a special effects designer include blockbuster Hollywood films such asStar Wars: Episode II–Attack of the Clones and The Matrix Reloaded.

His never-ending curiosity led him to co-host the popular TV show MythBusters. A new spin-off of the show, MythBusters Jr., features Savage attempting to answer questions with the help of brilliant children. The show is scheduled to air this fall on the Science Channel.

Savage’s accolades include a 2009 Emmy Award nomination and the 2010 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from the Harvard Secular Society.

Free parking will be available until 9 p.m. in the G10 Garage, adjacent to Neyland Stadium.

Friday, September 21, 2018 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Alumni Memorial Building, Cox Auditorium
1408 Middle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996

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Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public




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Blaylock, Kim

Blaylock, Kim left a positive review 9/21/2018

Awesome, extremely interesting speaker! Great guy! Thanks for bringing him to UT!

Hale, Jeremy

Hale, Jeremy left a review 9/21/2018

The initial discussion seemed arbitrarily short, and while there were some good questions posed, they seemed to dance around the topic/point of inviting Mr. Savage to speak in the first place. While the student questions were interesting occasionally, they would have benefit from being cut shorter/screened beforehand to provide a more qualitative set of questions.

Overall, Mr. Savage's answers and comments were indeed interesting, though they had undertones of certain political calls-to-action that may not be the intent of the invitation. An interesting follow-up would be to have another speaker who maybe agrees with Mr. Savage's observations of the maker-movement, but possibly disagrees with his views on how to politically encourage growth in that area. For example, there is currently a huge counter-opinion on the freedom of the maker-movement when it comes to the ability to 3D print and one spokesperson is Cody Wilson. While certainly more controversial, but that is where the current discussion is.

Duong, Thanh Vinh

Duong, Thanh Vinh left a positive review 9/21/2018

It was awesome! I hope we have more makers come to our campus! Very inspiring.

Webb, Sandy

Webb, Sandy left a positive review 9/21/2018

The program was very entertaining. Adam Savage was great with the students asking questions at the end.

Johnston, Kinsey

Johnston, Kinsey left a positive review 9/21/2018

I think there should have been a ticket system of some kind where people can reserve tickets in cox

Gilliam, Kara Elizabeth

Gilliam, Kara Elizabeth left a review 9/21/2018

The descriptions all said it was a lecture, so I was really looking forward to hearing him just speak. The interview format was cheesy and took away from what could have been Adam teaching us something cool.

Gay, Lissa

Gay, Lissa left a review 9/21/2018

The auditorium was totally full by 6:00pm, and the overflow rooms were full shortly thereafter. Apparently several profs offered extra credit to attend the talk. Terrible planning to put this lecture in such a small auditorium. I don't understand why this was so poorly handled. We were turned away as were hundreds of others.

Pouncey, Jamie

Pouncey, Jamie left a negative review 9/21/2018

I wasn't able to go because of seating issues. Too many people decided to go for the space provided in AMB. I was looking forward to this and couldn't get there early enough.

Deason, Nicholas Ryan

Deason, Nicholas Ryan left a positive review 9/21/2018

The seating area wasn't large enough for everyone attending, so I was put into an overflow room. Only suggestion is next time, maybe offer tickets to students and faculty first before offering it up to the general public. Other than that, it was a great experience, and he was very enlightening.

Gordon, Katherine Lee

Gordon, Katherine Lee left a positive review 9/21/2018

Very entertaining! So glad I went.