Maryville College president to discuss "The False Promise of Green Energy"

Maryville College President Tom Bogart will discuss his book, "The False Promise of Green Energy," today at UT.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center. Bogart will sign copies of his book following his presentation.

From 1990 to 2002, Bogart was on the faculty of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. While at CWRU, he served as chair of the department of economics and as a research associate of the Center for Regional Economic Issues.

A recipient of multiple teaching awards, Bogart was selected by the undergraduate students of CWRU to receive the Carl F. Wittke Award for distinguished undergraduate teaching and the undergraduate teaching excellence award for humanities and social sciences. He was also selected by the students of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations to receive the first faculty member of the year award in 1994. Bogart was the recipient of the Weatherhead undergraduate teaching award multiple times.

Bogart has taught undergraduate courses in urban economics, public finance, real estate finance, the economics of state and local governments, principles of microeconomics and economic perspectives, and graduate courses on the economics of nonprofit organizations, economics for management, and value creation through real estate.

Bogart's research interests include state and local government tax and spending decisions, local government economic development and land-use policy, and the effects of school redistricting on real estate markets. He has served as an expert in court cases involving the effects of environmental damage on property values and on the impact of a professional football team leaving a city before the end of its lease.

"The Economics of Cities and Suburbs," his textbook for the urban economics course, and "Don't Call It Sprawl: Metropolitan Structure in the Twenty-first Century" were published in 1998 and 2006, respectively. His latest book is in the publication process.

Bogart received a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematical sciences from Rice University and a master's degree and doctorate in economics from Princeton University, where his work was recognized with the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Tax Association. He most recently completed studies at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University in the summer of 2010.

UT hosts conference on how to remodel university's role in society

Much has changed since UT was founded in 1794. The nation's priorities of prosperity and economic expansion have been overtaken by crises in the economy and social values. A conference at UT will discuss the new role the university should play in today's society.

Hosted by the Department of Sociology and the Center for the Study of Social Justice, the Conference on Social Justice and the University will be Friday and Saturday at the Baker Center.

With faculty, student, staff and community participants, the conference will begin an ongoing discussion of how social justice can inform the responsibilities of higher education. Topics discussed include economic crises and the future of public higher education, homelessness, climate change and labor unions and higher education.

A complete schedule can be viewed at http://web.utk.edu/~utsocdep/sjuconf/schedule.html.

Keynote speaker Frances Fox Piven, distinguished professor of the City University of New York Graduate Center, will speak at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday. Piven is an expert in urban politics, voting rights and the development of the welfare state and is one of the foremost political sociologists in the country. She has recently been thrust into the limelight after coming under fire by conservative television and radio host Glen Beck.

Other keynotes include Erik Olin Wright, professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, who will speak Friday night at 7 p.m. on "Envisioning Real Utopias," and John Gaventa, from the Institute of Development Studies, who will speak Friday at 11:30 a.m. on "Co-constructing Democratic Knowledge for Social Justice."

Other participants come from a variety of academic disciplines, including education, modern foreign languages and literature, law, philosophy, sociology and social work, in addition to various community workers.

The Social Justice and University Conference is cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Research, Ready for the World, Hodges Library, the School of Information Sciences, the College of Law, the Global Studies Program, the Africana Studies Program, the Chancellors Honors Program and the departments of English, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, Political Science and Geography.