First-Year Studies

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Life of the Mind

2014 Life of the Mind Program






Call for Discussion Leaders

The office of First-Year Studies is seeking over for over 170 discussion leaders for this year’s Life of the Mind with the incoming first-year class. Discussion Leaders attend a professional development workshop in early to mid-august on the book Daytripper in preparation for the discussion that takes place during Welcome Week on August 18th, 2014. Faculty and staff are welcome to volunteer to be a Discussion Leader. If you are interested, sign-up to become a Discussion Leader today.


Daytripper2014 Life of the Mind Book

The 2014 Life of the Mind book is Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. This Brazilian graphic narrative, winner of the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series, is a powerful examination of life, love, and storytelling, timeless themes conveyed in a modern form that exemplifies the 2014 Life of the Mind theme of creativity.



2014 Theme

2014 Theme: Creativity
IBM surveyed leaders from 60 countries in 33 different industries to determine their most highly valued professional trait. The answer? Creativity. Even as schools across the country cut funding to the arts, educators and employers in all disciplines increasingly champion creativity as a crucial quality in students and future professionals. UT will celebrate creativity during the 2014-15 academic year by making “Creativity” the theme of that year’s Life of the Mind book. Click here to nominate a book.

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