About the Pregame Showcase

Initiated in 1989, the Pregame Showcase is a public lecture series scheduled two hours before each home football game at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The program features 30-minute presentations by all-star faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences on topics related to their field of expertise, followed by a 10- to 15-minute question-and-answer period. The carefully timed programs allow football fans to have plenty of time to enjoy the lecture and still get to the stadium by kickoff.

Faculty lectures are developed for a general audience and address timely and interesting topics. The presentations are free and open to the public, and light complimentary refreshments are provided. Door prizes are given away each week as well.

Guests attending the Pregame Showcase are greeted by the dean and staff of the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, all participants have the opportunity to meet exceptional faculty from the college and socialize with other attendees.

The program each year includes faculty speakers covering topics from the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, fine arts and performing arts. These faculty presenters are both outstanding scholars and teachers who often involve their students in their presentations. Although the Pregame Showcase celebrates its 22nd anniversary this fall, the college has yet to exhaust its supply of great faculty speakers.

With nearly 9,000 majors, 21 academic departments and schools, and twelve interdisciplinary programs, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest collegiate unit on campus with richly diverse and talented faculty; therefore, there are many faculty from which to choose from for each lecture. The faculty speakers “showcased” each fall are simply representative of the faculty excellence throughout the college. As the largest college at UT Knoxville, the College of Arts and Sciences has a major impact on the university’s reputation. Tennesseans are proud of their football team and the Pregame Showcase demonstrates they have reason to take pride in UT’s academic programs, too.

Football games attract a larger and more diverse audience to campus than any other single activity, and everyone is welcome to attend the Pregame Showcase, including fans from the opposing teams. Alumni and friends of the College of Arts and Sciences and the university especially enjoy attending the lectures to take advantage of the convenient opportunity to find out more about the current academic activities and programs of the college and to meet new faculty. Alumni also enjoy learning about what is going on in the departments where they studied as students and catching up on news of their favorite professors.

Whether you are a season ticket holder who attends every game, a UT Alumni visiting for a weekend, or a Knoxville resident interested in certain lectures, you are invited to come stretch your mind at the Pregame Showcase and be part of the full game-day experience.

2013 Schedule

The Pregame Showcase starts 2 hours before kickoff in the University Center Ballroom (Room 213) and is free and open to the public. A reception for our guests will follow the program.

The Pregame Showcase flyer for 2013 can be downloaded (PDF) here.

Date Opponent Faculty Speaker
Aug. 31 Austin Peay Derek Alderman
Professor and Head, Geography
“What’s in a Name? The ‘Place Politics’ of Streets Named for Martin Luther King Jr.”
Derek Alderman
Sept. 7 Western Kentucky Katherine Grzywacz-Jones
Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy
“Star Dust and Atom Smashers”
Katherine Grzywacz-Jones
Sept. 28 South Alabama Tricia Hepner
Associate Professor, Anthropology
“Anthropology as a Tool for Improving the Human Condition”
Tricia Hepner
Oct. 5 Georgia Theresa Lee
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Psychology
“Tick Tock: Sleep Across the Lifespan and the Role of
the Internal Clock”
Theresa Lee
Oct. 19 South Carolina Rachelle Scott
Associate Professor, Religious Studies
“Haunted Bangkok: Angry Spirits, Buddhist Power, and Popular Media in Thailand”
Rachelle Scott
Nov. 9 Auburn Jon Shefner
Professor and Head, Sociology
“Making the Cuts: Austerity Policies and Their Social Implications”
Jon Shefner
Nov. 23 Vanderbilt Steven Wise
Associate Professor, Mathematics
“Simulations for Solutions: Solving Problems Through Scientific Computing”
Steven Wise


213 University Center
1502 West Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996-4800


The Pregame Showcase is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tennessee Office of Alumni Affairs, and the University of Tennessee Athletics.


Lynn J. Champion, Ph.D.
Director of Communications
College of Arts and Sciences
The University of Tennessee
312 Ayres Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-1330
(865) 974-5332 or champion@utk.edu

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