NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Former Vice President Al Gore plans to raise his profile in his home state, establishing an office and teaching in Tennessee.

During an awards dinner sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League's Southeast region, Gore said he will open a permanent office in Nashville on July 20. Gore and his wife, Tipper, received the ADL's annual Johnny Cash Americanism Award for fighting prejudice and bigotry.

Gore will begin teaching full semesters at Fisk University and Middle Tennessee State University in the fall, The Tennessean reported.

Last spring, Gore taught a course at both Tennessee universities. He also taught at Columbia University in New York, and was a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.