The end of September brings exciting honors and funding awards for UT staff and students: Department of Theatre Alumna Wins Second Tony Award; College of Veterinary Medicine Names Permanent Large Animal Department Head; History Project Receives Support From Two Federal Grants; 2021-2022 Humanities Center Fellows Announced.
Ashlee Latimer (’16) won her second Tony Award on Sunday, September 26, for her work co-producing The Inheritance. She won her first Tony in 2018 for co-producing the revival of Once on This Island. The Inheritance came away with awards for best play, best direction of a play, best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play, and best actress in a featured role in a play during the ceremony covering the 2019–20 season. The awards were delayed due to COVID-19.
Carla Sommardahl has been named permanent department head of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. A “go-to” person when a critical program task needs to be accomplished, Sommardahl has served as interim department head since May 2020 and helped the department navigate the challenges brought about by the pandemic. Sommardahl has a reputation for being a great listener who makes decisions with a level head and calm demeanor.
The Papers of Andrew Jackson, a long-running project in the Department of History, received two federal grants to support its continued work. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the project $300,000 over three years and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission awarded the project $160,000 for one year.
With the support of the Chancellor’s Office, the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development, affiliated arts and humanities departments, and the College of Arts and Sciences, the UT Humanities Center supports the creation of groundbreaking humanities research through our fellowship programs. There are faculty and graduate-student research fellowships for members of the departments of English, History, Philosophy, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Classics, Religious Studies, Music, Theatre, and Art.