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“If you had one story to share with the world, what would you say?”

That is the question that is asked at the Dear World event, a unique, interactive experience coming to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville this September! Dear World was founded as a portrait project that unites people through pictures in their distinct message-on-skin style.

Serving as the kick-off event for the Vol is a Verb campaign, this event will engage students, staff, and faculty in an unforgettable experience that celebrates the stories of our community.

Dear World visits over 50 universities per year to connect students through their stories and portraits. The following video is from the first day of classes at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Dear World – The First Day of School from Dear World on Vimeo.


Dear World Open Photoshoot
September 12 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Student Union Art Gallery
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to stop by and share their stories through portraits taken by a professional Dear World photographer.
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Live Storytelling Show & Photo Reveal
September 19 | 7 p.m.
Student Union Auditorium
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to the photo reveal and hear from selected participants about the stories behind their portraits.
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Division of Student Life