A&S in the News: June 2-8, 2019

Virginia Beach Shooter

Virginia Beach shines light on victims, not mass shooter: Associated Press – June 2

Adam Lankford
Dr. Adam Lankford

The victims of America’s latest mass shooting had been dead for less than a day when police and city officials released a detailed presentation with their names, photos, job titles and the cities or towns in which they lived. . . . A similar tack was taken in March after a mass shooting in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised to deny a platform for the white supremacist who authorities said gunned down 50 people at two mosques. “The goal is to kind of interrupt the cycle of new mass shooters citing previous ones, and the new mass shooters who are becoming role models for even more attackers,” said Adam Lankford, a criminologist at The University of Alabama.
NewsTrend – June 3
Cryptonews – June 1
Quad City Times (Iowa) – June 2
Cincinnati Bell – June 2
GVTC Communications – June 2
Philadelphia Inquirer – June 2
West Kentucky Star – June 2
Goldstream News Gazette – June 2
The Gleaner (Wisconsin) – June 2
The Oklahoman – June 2
USA Today – June 4
USA News Hub – June 4
Reno Gazette Journal (Nevada) – June 4
Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon) – June 4
Deming Headlight (New Mexico) – June 4
Silver City Sun News (New Mexico) – June 4
Kitsap Sun (Washington) – June 4
Record Searchlight (Redding, California) – June 4
Carlsbad Current-Argus (New Mexico) – June 4
Springfield News-Leader (Missouri) – June 4

Tallapoosa River

Dam on Tallapoosa River being removed this week: Anniston Star – June 4

A rapid-fire jackhammer attached to an excavator chiseled away at the weathered concrete of the historic Howle and Turner Dam on the Tallapoosa River Monday afternoon … An extensive study of the dam and the surrounding area was done by The University of Alabama Archaeological Research Department which documented the dam and the surrounding buildings, Spadgenske said. The dam area is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, he said.

Pride Month

Pride Month: Filling the missing social history of the LGBTQ community in the South: Grantmakers in the Arts – June 5

Invisible Histories Project (iHP) is a non-profit based in Birmingham, Alabama with a mission to collect and preserve the material history of the Queer South … “Archiving is resistance. Every time we identify something, we are resisting the notion that we don’t exist,” says Josh Burford, an archivist and LGBTQ educator, who launched the project with Maigen Sullivan, an LGBTQ educator and the gender and sexuality diversity coordinator at The University of Alabama.

Callie Walker

Miss Alabama 2018 Callie Walker talks about her year, and what’s next (Live Interview): ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – June 5

I have a year of school left. I will return to The University of Alabama to finish my degree. Then I plan to move to Chicago or New York City.

Miss Alabama 2019

Miss Alabama 2019: Talent, evening wear winners of Wednesday’s preliminary: Al.com – June 5

Miss Alabama 2019 hasn’t been crowned yet, but this year’s competition kicked off Wednesday night with the first preliminary round in Birmingham … Wednesday’s preliminary winners were: Tiara Pennington, Miss University of Alabama, received the top score in the talent competition for her vocal rendition of “Nessun Dorma.”

Civil Rights Trail

Tuscaloosa civil rights trail to be unveiled Monday: Tuscaloosa News – June 6

A large phase of the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Task Force’s mission will be revealed next week as part of a celebration of Tuscaloosa’s history … The second and third phases are currently underway to chronicle Stillman College and The University of Alabama’s part in civil rights history.

Oklahoma Civil War Symposium

Noted scholars to discuss how old conflicts continue to influence contemporary society: Express-Star (Chickasaw, Oklahoma) – June 6

Three dynamic and insightful historians will converge on the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma June 8 for the 2019 Oklahoma Civil War Symposium. This free festival begins at 2 p.m. in the Davis Hall Little Theater.  Beginning with USAO’s own Dr. Lee Hester, the symposium will continue with St. Bonaventure University’s Dr. Chris Mackowski, at 4 p.m. and conclude with Dr. George C. Rable, professor emeritus at The University of Alabama, at 7 p.m. A book signing featuring the presenters will follow.

Outdoor Adventure Camp

Sporting Life: PARA’s Outdoor Adventure Camp kicks off the summer: Tuscaloosa News – June 6

Between now and the last week of July, Casie Jones will be spending most of her summer weekdays outside doing something she loves: teaching children all about nature and environmental science … They’ll visit The University of Alabama’s Arboretum teaching garden, tour Belle Meadow Farm, and swim, hike and explore Hurricane Creek.

Elba Clipper

The Elba Clipper welcomes Jack West as summer intern: Elba Clipper – June 6

Jack West, an Auburn University sophomore from Huntsville, Alabama, will be working with Ferrin Cox and Linda Hodge at The Elba Clipper this summer … Students serve as Jean O’Conner Snyder Interns with the David Matthew’s Center for Civic Life, a program jointly administered by The University of Alabama’s New College.

UA Opera

Lend a Hand: Guild provides support to UA opera program: Tuscaloosa News – June 8

A check for $80,139.85 was presented to Paul Houghtaling, director of The University of Alabama Opera Theatre and professor of voice, by the UA Opera Guild at its annual meeting in June.