A&S in the News: Feb. 16-22, 2020

Holocaust Torah

Holocaust Torah holds place of honor in Tuscaloosa: Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 16

Seventy-five years ago, armies from the United States, England and the Soviet Union ended one of the worst nightmares the world has ever known. Nazi concentration camps fell to the liberators as the tidal wave of victory swept away the remains of the Third Reich, but what soldiers found in those camps would be indelibly written upon their minds and upon the consciousness of the entire world. Jacobs is a professor of religious studies and emeritus Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies at The University of Alabama. He is also the rabbi at the Temple Emanu-El. At 73 years of age, his memory extends through his father to his grandparents who were both murdered in the Treblinka death camp in 1942.

Celebration of Black Culture

University of Alabama organizations host celebration of black culture: WVUA 23 – Feb. 19

In honor of Black History Month, student organizations at The University of Alabama hosted an event for everyone Tuesday night. These organizations include the Alabama Student Association for Poetry, the Black Student Union, and the Capstone Association of Black Journalists. The Blackout was a celebration in honor of black culture, and students said they believe the event is a great way for all students to unite and enjoy literature.

Study Abroad

Study abroad programs help students gain experience overseas: Crimson White – Feb. 20

Students at The University of Alabama can now learn the ins and outs of education elsewhere with this year’s series of Study Abroad 101 meetings. Continuing from Jan. 2020, the Education Abroad office, located in the Capstone International Center, is holding a free, 30-minute Study Abroad 101 program at 2 p.m. in 135 B.B. Comer Hall every day class is in session.

Reconstruction-Era Law

Forty years ago, they changed how hate groups are sued: Courthouse News Service – Feb. 21

Opal Jackson still carries the shotgun pellets in her leg. On the night of April 19, 1980, a group of three Klansmen went on a shooting spree in a black neighborhood of Chattanooga. They used gasoline to set fire to a cross made of 2x4s where train tracks crossed over the road. Then, driving down the street firing two shotguns loaded with birdshot, the Klansmen injured four black women two blocks away. According to Hilary Green, a history professor at The University of Alabama who focuses on Reconstruction, the anti-Klan statutes were started because of the massive influx of violence that grew out of the 1868 elections.

The Heliosphere

Visualizing heliosphere, our solar system’s protective bubble: Mirage News – Feb. 22

To understand the heliosphere, a cosmic force that astrophysicists believe protects us from powerful radiation emanating from the universe, imagine an enormous bubble surrounding the sun. The bubble is so large that it extends well beyond our solar system, and it zooms through space along with the sun. No one really knows the shape of the heliosphere, or for that matter, the size of it. Astrophysicists do know that inside the heliosphere there is a constant storm of heated and charged particles that emanate from the sun. The experts Opher has assembled include John Richardson, principal research scientist at MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, who will be SHIELD’s Program Manager. Other collaborators hail from: University of Alabama.