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2014 Lecture Series

The Friends' 2014 series includes three talks held at 7:00 PM on Monday evenings in September, October and November. This year, we're proud to welcome UTC's Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Geography as our co-sponsor, and just as proud to move to the beautiful University Center Auditorium on the UTC campus. Parking is FREE in all UTC lots and in on-street on the campus after 5:30 PM, for easy access to this fall's lectures.

picSeptember 15
National Park Service
Superintendent, Chickamauga &
Chattanooga National Military Park

BENNETT will talk about his experiences as a ranger and as a family man during his 23-year career in America's National Park Service. His assignments have been at parks spanning the spectrum from wilderness to urban, forest to desert, and scenic to historic. These include remote national parks in Alaska, the Grand Canyon, the Santa Monica National Recreation Area in Los Angeles, the Selma- to-Montgomery National Historic Trail, the Manassas National Battlefield, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Andersonville National Historic Site in south Georgia, and (now) the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military P.ark. Bennett will discuss working with American Indian tribes and other indigenous peoples, and his fascination with working to connect the young people in a community with their "neighbor" National Park and with the National Park Service itself.

October 20
Author & East Tennessee Historian

ROZEMA'S talk will focus on how the growing interest in science and technology in the South contributed to the Cherokee Removal of 1838. Southern leaders wanted to use science and technology to tap the resources of the Cherokee Nation and solve challenges in western expansion, defense and commerce. These plans clashed with the desires of Cherokee leaders to control their nation's internal affairs. Rozema will also discuss how advances in transportation technology enabled the Cherokee Removal. Rozema is the author of three books and several scholarly articles on Cherokee and Southern Appalachian history. Her honors include the 2014 McClung Award for an article that appeared in the 2013 Journal of East Tennessee History and the Native American Eagle Award for her writings on the Cherokee. She is a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, where she taught American and World History.


November 10

Former Chief Justice,
Cherokee Nation Executive Director,
National Trail of Tears Association

Frequent lecturer on Cherokee history and storyteller of Cherokee culture, Poteete will discuss why his people mark the Trail of Tears, why they proudly commemorate this devastating part of their history, and how the Cherokee people use the Trail of Tears in facing the challenges of contemporary life. Poteete served on the Cherokee Tribal Council for two consecutive terms. He is a practicing attorney and served for seven years on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court. Earlier this year, he was named Executive Director of the National Trail of Tears Association, an organization he helped to found. Poteete and his wife, Elizabeth, together created and market a modern-day version of the traditional Cherokee turban worn by the legendary Sequoyah. He represents the Cherokee Nation on the boards of the Five Civilized Tribes Museum and the Friends of Moccasin Bend.



Continuing the fine legacy established in 2006, lectures are underwritten by Greg A. Vital, President of Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC.




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