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Pregame Showcase

As football season begins, one of UT’s other game day traditions—the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pregame Showcase—kicks off another year. Twenty-one years after the showcase was created, it is still introducing football fans to some of UT’s most exceptional faculty members.

A 30-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session, each showcase is free and open to the public and held two hours before home game kickoffs in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center ballroom. Light refreshments are provided, and this year the UT bookstore will offer a 10 percent discount on certain items to showcase attendees.

“Game day brings a diverse crowd to campus. Hopefully, these showcases will peak fans’ interest and give them something else to look forward to on football Saturdays,” said Bruce Bursten, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Director of Outreach and Communication for the College of Arts and Sciences Lynn Champion said, “We work hard to choose topics and speakers that spotlight key faculty but also appeal to a wide audience.”

The showcase lineup includes:

Sept. 4—Cathy Leach, School of Music professor, promises to educate and entertain with “Sound the Trumpet! Why This Versatile Instrument Is So Popular.”

Sept. 11—Tina Shepardson, associate professor of religious studies, presents “The Bible Tells Me So: The Politics of Biblical Interpretation” and examines the choices people make in interpreting Christian scripture.

Sept. 18 — Gary McCracken, department head and professor in ecology and evolutionary biology, presents “The Conversation Crisis of North American Bats: What Happens If We Lose Them?” and discusses why we need to fight for North American bat survival.

Sept. 25—Laura Howes, associate professor of English and interim director of the Marco Institute, presents “Exploring the Utility and Beauty of Medieval Gardens” and will lead a virtual tour of medieval gardens, unveiling the functionality behind their aesthetic appeal.

Oct. 23—Stephanie Bohon, associate professor of sociology and co-director of the Center for the Study of Social Justice, presents “Place Matters: Characteristics of Cities That Attract and Sustain New Immigrants.”

Nov. 13—Soren Sorensen, department head and professor of physics and astronomy, answers the question “What are things made of?” with “Nature’s LEGOs: The Building Blocks of the Universe.”

Nov. 27—Brandon Prins, associate professor of political science, will present “The Pendulum of Congressional Power: Partisan Opposition to Presidential Foreign Policy” as he examines the record of past presidential attempts to implement foreign policies.

The showcases are sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences with support from WUOT 91.9 FM, the UT Alumni Association, the UT Office of Alumni Affairs and UT Athletics. For more information, visit the Pregame Showcase website.

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