Experts Guide

Significance of Harriet Tubman on New $20 Bill

The U.S. Treasury has announced that Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist who helped many slaves to freedom, will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill—a decision prompted by the desire to recognize others who have played a significant role in American history.

Feller_DanDan Fellerprofessor of history and director of the Papers of Andrew Jackson project, is an expert in Jackson’s life and politics. “All of the faces on American currency for a long time now have all been major political figures, which in practice has meant white men, and we’re moving away from that,” he said. Read more.

pacelle_Richard-PacelleRichard Pacelle, professor and head of the Department of Political Science, says changes to U.S. currency don’t happen frequently. The last time the government made major changes in the currency was just before World War I in 1914. They made a number of changes to the front of the bills. The backs of the bills have been changed periodically since. Coins are changed more in the short term to reflect a memorial to a fallen leader. Read more.

Children and Grief

LauraWheat150Laura S. Wheat is the director of the Grief Outreach Initiative, which serves children and adolescents in Knox County Schools. She has been involved in the field of grief and grief counseling since 2006. Wheat can discuss how to talk to children about death and grief. Read more.

Supreme Court Challenge to Obama Immigration Program

The Supreme Court said that it would consider a challenge to President Barack Obama’s overhaul of the nation’s immigration rules. In 2014, Obama ordered the creation of a program to allow as many as five million illegal immigrants who are the parents of citizens or of lawful permanent residents to apply for a program sparing them from deportation and providing them work permits. The program was called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.

McKanders_KarlaKarla McKanders, associate professor of law in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Law, researches civil rights and asylum law and policy, in addition to immigration issues. She has co-authored an extensive report on proposed reforms to the US immigration system. Read more.

Bohon_ StephanieStephanie Bohon, an associate professor of sociology and co-director of the Center for Social Justice, focuses on Latino immigrants in the South. Read more.


Zika Virus

Erwin_PaulPaul Erwin, head of the department of public health, is a board-certified doctor of internal medicine. His topics of expertise include public health, international health and infectious diseases of public health significance.

2016 Presidential Race

The 2016 presidential race is heating up as candidates enter primary season.

07-37837-1_Anthony-NownesAnthony Nownes is a professor of political science whose research looks at lobbyists and interest groups at local, state, and national levels. His books include Interest Groups in American Politics: Pressure and Power, and Total Lobbying: What Lobbyists Want (and How They Try to Get It). “As always, interest groups will play a substantial role in this race, primarily by contributing money to candidates and forming super PACs,” Nownes said. Read more.