I have a pretty spectacular volunteer opportunity for anybody who is interested. This is for both current and former students, and for anybody else who might want to participate. From April 30 to May 3, 2015, Knoxville is hosting a major Civil War Sesquicentennial event called the Blue & Gray Reunion and Freedom Jubilee. A significant part of this event will be the celebration of the only African American Union regiment that served in East Tennessee - the First US Colored Heavy Artillery. Most of the members of that unit fled from slavery somewhere in East Tennessee or elsewhere in Southern Appalachia during late 1863 and early 1864 (especially in places exempt from the Emancipation Proclamation). In anticipation of the 2015, we are putting together a book and website that tells the story of the unit, and basing it on the transcription of over 3,000 pages of hand-written army records for the USCHA in the National Archives. Those archival pages have been photographed and digitized. Now we need to transcribe them and type them in to a searchable database, and it will take lots of work to get through the records before May 2015. If you have any interest in the Civil War, Tennessee history, African American history, or just want to get some experience working with original 19th century documents (digitized), this will be a great opportunity to contribute to a unique historical project. If you would like to participate, please either FB message me (Aaron Astor) or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
History, Philosophy & Religious Studies
In the Humanities Division, we ask the big questions. What is the nature of ultimate reality? What is the meaning of human existence? What is our role in the world? How have other people past and present addressed these questions? Why and why did things happen the way they did? Could history have taken a different course? Can things be different in the future?
The Division of Humanities, which includes the study of Religion, Philosophy and History, encourages students to explore the very basic questions underlying the human experience. Whether it is in interpreting the Biblical traditions in relation to their Ancient context, or reflecting on the metaphysical musings of Enlightenment philosophers, or examining the great social and political struggles at the heart of Colonial India, the Humanities Division at Maryville College provides a rich intellectual space to explore a world of ideas.
In addition to being the oldest building on campus (1870), the icon of the College (the Tower), and named for the College’s founder (Isaac Anderson), Anderson Hall is home to the Humanities Division. Oh the stories Anderson can tell.
Faculty & Staff
Dr. Brian Pennington
Chair, Division of Humanities, Professor of Religion
Dr. Daniel Klingensmith
Professor of History
Dr. William Meyer
Professor of Philosophy and the Ralph W. Beeson Professor of Religion
Dr. Aaron Astor
Associate Professor of History
Dr. Andrew Irvine
Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religion
Dr. Nancy Locklin-Sofer
Chair of the Maryville Curriculum, Associate Professor of History
Dr. Doug Sofer
Associate Professor of History
Dr. Phillip Michael Sherman
Assistant Professor of Religion
Mr. Eric Lager
Adjunct Instructor of History
Mr. Scott Roney
Adjunct Instructor of Western Civilization
Ms. Carolyn Potter