A&S in the News: September 29 – October 5, 2019

Discovering Alabama

‘Discovering Alabama’ premieres Tuscaloosa segment: Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 30

Doug Phillips’ long-running “Discovering Alabama” returns with a look at his hometown. For 35 years, Doug Phillips has told stories of man, across time, in relationship to his environment. That’s a pretty wide field, even when you narrow it to a single state. As host of Emmy-winning documentary series “Discovering Alabama,” broadcast on public television and made available as educational tools, Phillips has delved into topics ranging from bats to space flight, whooping cranes to watersheds, Sylacauga marble to the eastern indigo snake.

“History of Us”

Central HS offering African-American studies class: WBRC – Sept. 30

One Tuscaloosa high school has a new African-American studies class. It’s the first of its kind in the state in public schools. This all started with college students who take a civil rights African-Americans class on the university level, asking why isn’t a course like this available in high school or even younger? After discovering a lot of interest to take a class like this amongst teens in the area, it’s now offered at Central High School. Different community partners have already stepped up about wanting to invest and grow this class. A University of Alabama history professor is teaching the “History of Us” class. Dr. John Giggie said the goal is to help students understand how African-American history and U.S. history are connected.

Tattoos’ Influence

Untangling tattoos’ influence on immune response: Manila Metro (The Philippines) – Oct. 2

More than 30% of Americans are tattooed today. Yet, few studies have focused on the biological impact beyond risks of cancer or infection. Tattooing creates a permanent image by inserting ink into tiny punctures under the topmost layer of skin. Your body interprets a new tattoo as a wound and responds accordingly, in two general ways. . . .  Author: Christopher D. Lynn – Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Alabama The Conversation.
Chron – Oct. 2
Idaho Press – Oct. 2
Greenwich Time – Oct. 2
New Haven Register – Oct. 2
My Plainview – Oct. 2
Mic – Oct. 3
RSVP Live – Oct. 5

Munchausen by Proxy

Why television is all of a sudden obsessed with Munchausen by Proxy: Gossipela – Oct. 2

Television aficionados who caught Patricia Arquette’s Emmy-winning turn in The Act earlier this year, and then streamed The Politician lately, could have noticed a thing related: each Arquette, as Dee Dee Blanchard, and Jessica Lange, as cussin’ grandma Dusty Jackson, went via considerable lengths to convince folks their kid was sick, not least the kid. TV’s sudden Munchausen madness did not get previous Dr. Marc Feldman, a professor of psychiatry and adjunct professor of psychology at The University of Alabama, and the author of Dying to Be Ill: Correct Stories of Health-related Deception.
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The Palm Beach Post

Miss Unique UA

Miss Unique UA celebrates beauty, disabled women: Crimson White – Oct. 3

The Miss Unique UA scholarship program, a pageant to celebrate diversity and provide opportunities for young women with disabilities in the Tuscaloosa area, will be held on Oct. 20, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. at the Ferguson Center Theater. Katherine Beasley, a junior majoring in political science and the director of disability services for the Student Government Association (SGA), founded the Miss Unique UA scholarship program, a pageant to celebrate young women with disabilities and everything they are capable of.

“Intimate Apparel”

Black actors take center stage in “Intimate Apparel”: Crimson White – Oct. 3

Penned by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, the University’s production of “Intimate Apparel” is showing this week at Marian Gallaway Theatre. The production features a majority-black cast, which excites many actors involved in the UA Department of Theatre and Dance. Alexa Nunn, a junior majoring in theatre who plays Mayme, a New York prostitute and Esther’s close friend, thinks it’s a step in the right direction. “As an actor, it’s hard,” Nunn said. “Growing up, I remember going to audition rooms in middle school and high school, knowing I wasn’t going to get a role because I don’t look like Cinderella, or I don’t look like whoever. So coming into this space, it was a different type of confidence I had, and it was really needed in this educational theatre environment.”