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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

November 22, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a book about a young boy in Malawi Africa learning about science and changing lives in his rural village with his quest to build a windmill.  The book was chosen by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as the literary piece in the First Year Reading Experience or FYRE.  Faculty and staff at UTC were encouraged to read the book and incorporate topics found in Kamkwamba’s true story for freshmen courses. The incoming 2011 freshmen were required to read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind prior to the beginning of the fall semester.  In August William Kamkwamba visited the campus.  This piece features excerpts from an interview with Kamkwamba and information about a reference and research page provided by the Lupton Library at UTC.

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William Kamkwamba Visits UTC

August 23, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga welcomes William Kamkwamba to the campus as part of the First Year Reading Experience, FYRE.  The book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind tells Kamkwamba’s personal story of perseverance and success as he overcame the superstitions of his small village in Africa to learn the mysteries of science and build a windmill to bring electricity to his home.  Kamkwamba will be visiting the campus of UTC as part of the FYRE program on August 30, 2011.   During the course of the day Kamkwamba will spend time with students and specifically the incoming freshman class.  A reception will be held at the University Center from 5:30 to 7:00 pm celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the University  Tennessee at Chattanooga and welcoming William Kamkwamba to the campus.  The public is invited to attend.

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Related story:  FYRE at UTC