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TN Writers | TN Stories: Mary Ellen Pethel

Presented by Tennessee State Museum at Tennessee State Museum, Nashville TN

Mar 11 2023
TN Writers | TN Stories: Mary Ellen Pethel

Mary Ellen Pethel discusses her book, “Title IX, Pat Summitt, and Tennessee’s Trailblazers.”

In Title IX, Pat Summitt, and Tennessee’s Trailblazers, Mary Ellen Pethel introduces readers to past and present pioneers—each instrumental to the success of women’s athletics across the state of Tennessee and the nation.

Mary Ellen Pethel, Ph.D., is from Rome, GA and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She later completed a master’s in education from Berry College and a PhD in history at Georgia State University. She teaches in the honors program at Belmont and leads a new program called Global Leadership Studies. In 2018, Pethel finished a post-graduate certificate in Digital Humanities from George Mason University, which led to the launch of Sponsored by the Metro Historical Commission Foundation, Nashville Sites offers 30+ free and accessible walking and driving tours of Nashville, which can be taken in-person or virtually. Dr. Pethel’s academic research focuses on women’s history, urban studies, and cultural history—including her current writing project on the life of Minnie Pearl. She’s written five books including Athens of the New South: College Life and Making Modern Nashville.

This event is part of our TN Writers | TN Stories series presented in partnership with Humanities TennesseeChapter 16 and Vanderbilt University Press. Readings and discussions take place in the Digital Learning Center at the Tennessee State Museum. All events include an opportunity to purchase books through the Museum store and get them signed by the author.

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