A&S in the News: March 18-24, 2018


What it’s like to watch #MeToo when it is you, tooFiveThirtyEight – Mar. 18

On average, more than 300,000 Americans experience rape or sexual assault each year. When the #MeToo movement makes headlines, those survivors are reading … “We think that social support is a key protective factor against the development of PTSD,” said James Hamilton, professor of psychology at The University of Alabama.

Rekindled Friendship

Childhood playmates reconnect, rekindle friendship that transcends race and distanceWisconsin Public Radio – Mar. 18

There are times when we can connect with someone, and then never see them again—a missed connection. We’ve been trying to help some of you connect with people you’ve been trying to find. In the 1970s, two little girls met at an elementary school in Miami, Fla., and became close friends. One was black, and one was white. Dr. Sharony Green is now an assistant professor of history at The University of Alabama, and she said her friend Beth helped her during a tough time.

My Lai

The lessons of My Lai massacre still resonateDawn – Mar. 18

Fifty years ago this week, on March 16, 1968, around 200 US soldiers from Charlie and Bravo companies burst into a Communist-dominated area in South Vietnam known to GIs as “Pinkville”. (The writer is University Research Professor of History Emeritus, University of Alabama, and the author of “My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent Into Darkness.”)
Stars and Stripes – Mar. 19
Twin Cities Pioneer Press (Minnesota) – Mar. 22

Lost Southern Voices

Lost Southern Voices festival returns to focus on overlooked writersAtlanta Journal-Constitution – Mar. 19

Most readers are familiar with the work of William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Flannery O’Connor, but what about George Moses Horton? Caroline Miller? Or John Ridge? … Trudier Harris, a professor of English at The University of Alabama, will present “The Darkest Child” by Delores Phillips, a novel about a young African-American girl growing up in Bakersfield, Ga., in 1958.

Dance Alabama!

UA Theatre and Dance department to present Dance Alabama (Live Interview)ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Mar. 19

The University of Alabama’s Dance Program is gearing up for their bi-annual concert “Dance Alabama.” The choreography is completely made up by students, and from what I hear, the show is always amazing. We’ve got the “Dance Alabama” president Alexia Acebo joining us now. She is a performer and choreographer.

Austin Bombing

Authorities recover new clues after another Austin blastAssociated Press – Mar. 21

A criminologist at The University of Alabama said if a single perpetrator is behind the blasts, changing the means of delivery increases the bomber’s chance of getting caught. “I think it would suggest that the bomber is trying to stay unpredictable,” Adam Lankford said. “But it also increases the likelihood that he would make a mistake.”
MSN News – March 20
ABC News 7 (San Francisco) – March 20
Manila (Philippines) Bulletin – March 20
The Herald-News (Joliet, Illinois) – Mar. 21
Yahoo! – March 21
News Today (India) – March 21
The Amed Post – March 21
The Irish Sun – March 21

Pure Products Open Mic

English department hosts March open mic nightCrimson White – Mar. 21

The chance to sit back, sip on some coffee and listen to locally produced art is returning to Monarch this week. Pure Products Open Mic Night will be held this Thursday, March 22 at Monarch Espresso Bar from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Great War

Natalie Scott and the Great War Love StoryWe’re History – Mar. 21

One hundred years ago this month, Natalie Scott of New Orleans was living in Paris when the Germans launched their last major offensive of the Great War. She was in her mid-twenties, a white woman educated at Newcomb College, where she had lobbied the administration of the affiliated Tulane University to equalize the education and activities offered to men and women. After graduation, she studied Greek drama, acted in plays, and taught high school. She traveled to France with the Red Cross in late 1917. (Andrew J. Huebner is Associate Professor of History at The University of Alabama.)

Miss Alabama

Ms. Alabama speaks to studentsMoulton Advertiser – Mar. 22

Miss Alabama Jessica Procter spoke Monday at the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce luncheon and at Moulton Middle School. Procter explained to both audiences her duties as Miss Alabama and her platform issue … Procter said she is taking a year off from school to fulfill her duties as Miss Alabama. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in Music and Communications and a Minor in Psychology at The University of Alabama.

Science Sunday

Alabama Museum of Natural History to discuss Alabama’s biodiversityCrimson White – Mar. 22

What: Science Sunday – Alabama Biodiversity; Who: Alabama Museum of Natural History … Education Outreach Coordinator Allie Sorlie said Alabama is a special state thanks to its vast amount of biodiversity. “This program brings together experts from all over to help tell, to talk, and teach about all of the wonderful flora and fauna that we have not only in our backyard, but throughout the state,” Sorlie said.

Gun Violence

The school shooting generation has had enoughLongRoom – Mar. 22

No one thinks it will be easy. Gun violence in America is one of those problems that can feel truly hopeless. The U.S. has only 4.4% of the world’s population, yet it accounts for roughly 42% of the world’s guns, according to the comprehensive 2007 Small Arms Survey. And roughly 31% of the world’s mass shooters are American, according to a University of Alabama study.

Terrorism Debate

Austin bombings renew debate: What crimes do we label as terrorism?Washington Post – Mar. 23

The string of bombings in Austin this month revived an ongoing debate over how the government investigates and prosecutes terrorism, revealing a split between the way many Americans think about terror and the way U.S. law defines it … “A lot of people feel like there’s a double standard being used,” said Adam Lankford, a professor at The University of Alabama and an expert on mass killers.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania) – March 23
Cetus News – March 23
Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) – March 23
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri) – March 23

Gun Abolition

Maine Voices: It’s time for a gun abolition movementLongRoom – Mar. 24

As students under fire in Florida speak out to end mass shootings, many hope this time it’s different. Indeed, their demand is compelling: Our representatives in Washington must act less like politicians and more like parents. Most of them have children; they should act like it … It’s also tempting to blame mass shootings on an intractable American culture of violence. But as Max Fisher and Josh Keller reported in The New York Times last November, a 2016 study by University of Alabama criminologist Adam Lankford shows that the most compelling cause of mass shootings is the prevalence of guns. More guns equals more deaths.

Alabama Wildflower Society

Lend a Hand: Alabama Wildflower Society to hold annual plant saleTuscaloosa News – Mar. 24

On Saturday, April 7, the George Wood Chapter of the Alabama Wildflower Society is holding its 39th annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, in the Kentuck Center courtyard in downtown Northport … Smaller amounts help support the Cahaba Lily Society and its annual Cahaba Lily Festival as well as local projects, including support for the Wildflower Garden and rhododendron collection of The University of Alabama Arboretum.

Rova Saxophone Quartet

Saxophone quartet to perform in UA concert eventTuscaloosa News – Mar. 24

The University of Alabama’s ​Sonic Frontiers concert series​ presents the Rova Saxophone Quartet in its final concert of the 2017-18 season. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, the quartet, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary as an ensemble, will perform at UA’s School of Music Moody Concert Hall at 810 Second Ave.