A&S in the News: November 10-16, 2019

Ole Miss Name

The Trouble with ‘Ole Miss’: Chronicle of Higher Education – Nov. 11

The point of the moniker was “to compare the university to the mistress of the antebellum plantation,” says Jack Carey, a historian at The University of Alabama who has written about the history of the Ole Miss name. The university, like the plantation mistress, was seen as something to be cherished, respected, and shown deference. Carey, an instructor in Alabama’s American studies department, describes the name Ole Miss as “a Southerner-of-the-1890s version of alma mater, or nourishing mother.”

Women’s Suffrage

Suffrage centennial kickoff emphasizes potential for progress: Crimson White – Nov. 12

Passionate panelists participated in a discussion on the status of women in politics as part of the Women and Gender Resource Center’s (WGRC) Women’s Suffrage Centennial Kickoff. The panel consisted of Tuscaloosa City Councilwoman Raeven Howard, Regina Wagner of The University of Alabama’s political science department and Stacie Propst, executive director of Emerge Alabama. In attendance were the University of Alabama students and community members, SGA members and representatives of organizations related to women and policy.

Bottle Creek Mounds

Archaeologist to speak at Blakeley on Bottle Creek Mounds: Gulf Coast News Today – Nov. 12

Award-winning archaeologist and author Ian Brown will present a special free lecture at Historic Blakeley State Park on the Bottle Creek Mound Site on Friday. The lecture will be presented by the park and the Alabama Humanities at 6 p.m. Brown, a longtime professor and curator of Gulf Coast Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at The University of Alabama, is the preeminent authority on the Bottle Creek complex.

Impeachment Hearings

UA political science professor comments on impeachment hearings: WVUA – Nov. 13

Both parties seek to answer the question at the heart of these hearings: has the president abused the power of his office for political gain? Dr. Stephen Borrelli, a professor of American politics and the presidency at The University of Alabama, has been closely watching the impeachment hearings. He says that the choice of the first witnesses called to testify today was strategic and telling on the part of democratic leaders.

Immigration Panel

‘Illegal People’ class hosts immigration panel for students: Crimson White – Nov. 14

After learning about immigration issues, systems and policies in class and even visiting the Etowah County Detention Center, students in the Illegal People course (AMS 300), taught by Dr. Carlton McHargh, decided they wanted to give more students the opportunity to learn about the topic like they did. Partnering with The University of Alabama Department of Gender and Race Studies, the Illegal People class hosted a discussion on immigration in Alabama.  In order to provide several unique perspectives, the panel featured speakers with very different connections to the topic: immigration attorney Carol Armstrong, Michael Innis-Jiménez of The University of Alabama Department of American Studies, and Julia Calderón and Resha Swanson of Adelante Alabama Worker Center.

“The Pirates of Penzance”

The charm of “The Pirates of Penzance” was in the details: Crimson White – Nov. 14

The UA Department of Theatre and Dance took several creative liberties when revamping the humorous operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert. The play, which originally takes place in 19th-century England, is about an indentured servant for a band of pirates who falls in love with the daughter of a major general. Thinking that he will be freed on his 21st birthday, the servant has his hopes dashed when the pirates find out that he was born on a leap day, making him technically only slightly over 5 years old.
Tuscaloosa News – Nov. 14

Scientist For a Day

High school students get to be scientists for a day at UA: WVUA – Nov. 15

Twelve students from different high schools in West Alabama got the chance to be scientists for a day. Students were paired with researchers at The University of Alabama to see what scientists really do on a day-to-day basis.
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