A&S in the News: October 22-28, 2017

The Protestant Reformation

The Port Rail: Luther and the storm that remade the worldTuscaloosa News – Oct. 22

I encourage you to attend a celebration on Monday, Oct. 30, of the life and times of Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation. The event, at the University of Alabama Moody Music Building, begins with a reception and book exhibit at 5 p.m. and follows with a program at 6 p.m. on “The Protestant Reformation, 1517-2017, 500 Years of Faith, History, and the Arts.” (Larry Clayton is a retired University of Alabama history professor. Readers can email him at larryclayton7@gmail.com.)

The Past and the Future of the Humanities

Phi Beta Kappa lecture to explore field of humanitiesCrimson White – Oct. 24

What: Phi Beta Kappa’s annual Allen Going Lecture titled “The Past and the Future of the Humanities.” Who: James Turner will give the lecture. Turner previously taught in the Department of History at the University of Notre Dame.

Fake Disorders

‘Attention seekers’ who pretend to be sick are costing the NHS £1.7 million a year: ‘Dr. Google’ helps fakers make up symptoms with some even injecting themselves with FAECES to become illDaily Mail (U.K.) – Oct. 24

‘Attention seekers’ who pretend to be ill are costing the NHS £1.7million a year, official figures reveal. The number of hospital beds taken up by patients with fake disorders has more than trebled in the past decade, according to NHS Digital statistics. Each faker is estimated to cost the NHS between £800 to £900 a day … Dr Marc Feldman, a professor of psychiatry at The University of Alabama, added: ‘Before you’d have to go to medical libraries and read up on the illnesses you were going to fabricate. ‘And then you would have to go and fake the symptoms so you would have to be a good actor.
Express Digest – Oct. 24
Health Medicine – Oct. 24

Alabama Democrats

Abortion clearly a ‘difficult issue’ for Alabama Democrats as Doug Jones pushes pro-choice stanceGears of Biz – Oct. 25

After Josh Crowley listened to Doug Jones’ interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd late last month, he took to Facebook and urged his friends to ignore the Senate hopeful’s pro-choice stance on abortion … William Stewart, a professor emeritus of political sciences at The University of Alabama, said that despite the recent massacre in Las Vegas, gun rights are likely not to rise to the top of social concerns during the Senate campaign.

Christmas on the Coosa

2017 Miss Alabama to emcee Christmas on the Coosa pageantWetumpka Herald – Oct. 26

Wetumpka’s annual Christmas on the Coosa pageant, an event of local prominence for years, will have statewide attention now that Miss Alabama 2017 Jessica Proctor has agreed to emcee the Oct. 28 affair. . . . Procter, who is a vocalist and a speaker, is currently obtaining her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (focus on music and communications) and a minor in psychology at The University of Alabama. She is a graduate of Northridge High School, where she achieved a 32 on her ACT.