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Coverage of Russian Invasion of Ukraine
With news of Russian tanks rolling through Ukrainian streets today, many Americans are wondering how events got to this point. University of Tennessee political science professor Gary Uzonyi spoke with WATE 6 about things the average person should know about the invasion and how it got to this point.
University of Tennessee professor of political science Dr. Michael Fitzgerald warned people that the invasion could have longstanding consequences as leaders begin sanctions against Russia and respond to the invasion with threats of further escalation.
“Putin has been planning for many, many years to strengthen Russia’s position on the world stage,” said Krista Wiegand, director of the Global Security Program at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. “Putin wants to be a major player again and has said so publicly.”
There was hardly an empty seat Tuesday inside the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy for the “What to Know About the Russia-Ukraine Crisis” lecture. “People are a little skeptical how this conflict is going to turn out,” said Global Security Program Director Krista Wiegand. “There’s a lot of confusion of Russia’s capabilities.” Experts from UT were hoping to clear up some of the confusion.
A&S Media Mentions
For some reason, 2021 was a banner year for corpse flower blooms across the United States. Rotty Top, UT’s corpse flower on display in the Hesler Biology Building, is included in this article looking at these smelly, but stunning plants.
Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon visited Highland Elementary School for her next film, King Coal, which explores future opportunities for young Appalachians as a result of the declining coal industry.
Landsat Science team profiled Professor Qiusheng Wu on their webpage to show his contributions toward open science and reproducible research with satellite imagery.
Tim Gill, assistant professor of sociology, penned a prospective about understanding the history as a key piece of the United States’ attempts to reengage Venezuela due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Drew had the pleasure of honoring Melody Hawkins, a teacher from Knoxville, Tennessee, who goes above and beyond for her students. She received her bachelors degree in biological sciences from UT.
The City of Oak Ridge has named Erin Elizabeth Smith, a distinguished lecturer in the UT Department of English, as its first honorary poet laureate. Smith will serve in this role for a two-year period, a press release said.
The University of Tennessee School of Music has announced who will become the next director for the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. Associate Professor of Music Education and Associate Director of Bands, Dr. Michael Stewart, will take the baton next season.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So what about a comic?
Step into the world of regional newspaper comics at the University of Tennessee’s newest downtown gallery exhibit called “Point of View,” featuring names and topics you’ll probably remember.
The Art and Architecture Building is presenting an exhibit in the Ewing Art Gallery titled “A Serious Look at the Funnies: 100 Years of Comics,” which mostly shows the work of cartoonist, publisher and comicstorian, Denis Kitchen. The exhibit will be shown through Feb. 28.
The author of the Pulitzer-winning Holocaust graphic novel “Maus” is hosting a virtual lecture with the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on Saturday.
On a soundstage in New York, Knoxville teacher Melody Hawkins waited to appear on the “Drew Barrymore Show” but the reason why she was on the show was a true mystery. Barrymore had a surprise in store. In an episode that aired nationwide Tuesday, Hawkins learned she was National University’s Teacher of the Year for 2021. The prestigious award recognizes educators who use social emotional learning in the classroom.