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Marian Wright EdelmanThe lecture will take place in the Grand Pavilion Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Knoxville Downtown, 525 Henley Street. Guests are invited to a reception at 5:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking is available in the Holiday Inn parking garage, and street parking is available downtown.

Edelman founded the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973. The organization has been headquartered on the Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, since 1994.

Edelman has been an advocate for Americans facing economic and other challenges for her entire professional life. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, she was the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi bar. She also directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi.

Read more about Edelman and the Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture Series.

Dixie L. Thompson has been named vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A faculty member since 1994, Thompson has been serving as associate dean for research and academic affairs in UT’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. She is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies and served as the department head from 2008 until 2012.

Harry “Hap” McSween, Distinguished Professor of Science, received the President’s Award for research on Tuesday following President Joe DiPietro’s State of UT address. The award honors discoveries and applications of knowledge.

Wendy Tate, associate professor of supply chain management in UT’s Haslam College of Business, was recently named co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. The journal targets both academic and industry audiences, focusing on applicable research in purchasing.

Fulbright Scholars this academic year—J. Patrick Biddix, Joseph Bozell, Brad Collett, and Brendan McConville.

The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative that awards about 1,100 grants to American scholars each year.

Funded by the US government, Fulbright Scholars are chosen based on their leadership and academic merits and their abilities to teach, conduct research, and contribute to solutions for shared international concerns.

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