A&S in the News- April 16-22, 2016

  1. University of Alabama’s 19th Century History
    C-Span 3 – American History TV – April 17
    Professor Rachel Stephens gave a tour of the University of Alabama’s campus and showed some of the few remaining buildings that survived the Civil War. She talked about the university’s origins in the 1830s, and how it was rebuilt after Union troops set fire to the campus during the Civil War.
  2. Volunteers extract 6,500 pounds of trash from Lake Tuscaloosa
    Crimson White – April 16
    The eighth annual Lake Tuscaloosa-North River Waterfest and Lake Clean Up took place last Saturday at both Rock Quarry and Binion Creek boat landings. The event, hosted by the City of Tuscaloosa, provides citizen volunteers from around the community the opportunity to learn about the importance of protecting and sustaining the local water supply … Mary Pitts, a professor in the Geography Department at The University of Alabama and coordinator of the North River Water Shed Project on the campus, is a volunteer at the day of clean up. “This clean up is huge,” Pitts said. “Even though it is only once per year, the impact makes a very noticeable difference.”
  3. University of Alabama hosting two-day Shakespeare symposium 400 years after his death
    Tuscaloosa News – April 20
    Why celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of a man who never reigned, probably never got rich, and didn’t even leave a large family of descendants behind? Because, despite his lack of material power, William Shakespeare reshaped the world. “All our lives are enriched, if not changed, by Shakespeare,” said Steve Burch, professor of theater history and playwriting in UA’s Department of Theatre and Dance and co-artistic director of The Rude Mechanicals, Tuscaloosa’s summer Shakespeare-performance troupe.
  4. UA music professor with MN roots talks about Prince’s influence
    Fox 6 (Birmingham) – April 21
    A University of Alabama music professor who grew up in Minnesota and frequented nightclubs where Prince played spoke about the superstar, who died Thursday at age 57. “He’s an absolutely inspirational and innovative artist who did so many things to innovate our field,” said Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar, Associate Professor of New College and the School of Music at UA. Dewar grew up close to the Twin Cities in Minnesota and spent most of his teenage years going to “1st Avenue,” the nightclub featured in the Academy Award-winning movie Purple Rain, which starred Prince.
    NBC 12 (Montgomery) – April 21
  5. University of Alabama Researcher Honored with Burnum Award
    India West – April 21
    Highly-regarded for his research and a devoted scholar, Dr. Arunava Gupta, Distinguished University Research Professor, is this year’s recipient of the Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award, one of the highest honors bestowed on professors at the University of Alabama. 

Also making headlines:

  • Author Lila Quintero Weaver talks about her book, “Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White”
  • UA Professor Ellen Spears talks about her book, “Baptized in PCBs”
  • Earl Tilford, author of “Turning the Tide” discusses The University of Alabama in the 1960s
  • Governor limited by scandal, experts say, but still has options– Anniston Star – April 16- Samuel Webb, History
  • Terrific cast sails through comedy’s lofty ambitions– Tuscaloosa News – April 16
  • Performance focuses on biblical prophet– Tuscaloosa News – April 19
  • Looking behind the curtain at Alabama: The making of a student-theater production– Crimson White – April 19
  • If You’re Thinking Of Getting A Tattoo You Might Want To Read This News…– Popbuzz.com – April 19- Christopher Lynn, Anthropology
  • Virus expert speaks about Zika at UA– ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – April 19
  • Chemistry Consortium Uses Titan to Understand Actinides– e-science News – April 19- David Dixon, Chemistry
  • Global News Connect – April 19
  • Historians question lessons given at Janney Furnace– Anniston Star – April 20- Joshua Rothman, History
  • ‘Boeing Boeing’ bounces with laughs– Tuscaloosa News – April 21
  • Speaker maps crime trends– News-Press (St. Joseph, Mo.) – April 21- Steven Ericson, Geography