A&S in the News: March 1-7, 2020

Health Care

Is health care a right?: Yellowhammer – March 1

The debate over government’s role in health care and “Medicare for All” frequently revolves around whether health care is a human right. We establish government to secure our rights, so government should not deny Americans’ right to health care.  Health care is one of several economic rights, like rights to food, shelter and education. Arguments concerning health care generally apply to other economic rights. Americans’ willingness to help those in need makes charity an alternative in providing medical care. Voluntary assistance provided a safety net before the modern welfare state, as documented by University of Alabama historian David Beito. In addition to numerous charities, today individuals can make appeals on GoFundMe.
The Heartland Institute – March 4

Black History

Alabama’s black history runs deep, but some students skim the surface: Education News – March 1

Learning our country’s history is about more than reading a dusty book detailing the who, what, and when in America’s story. History is about exploring identity – who are we? Who are we becoming? What have we been through? What have we overcome? Learning from a diversity of voices and experiences throughout history can play a central role in understanding that identity. But the presence (or lack) of black history can shape a student’s experience in the classroom, according to University of Missouri professor LaGarrett King, who researches how black history is taught and interpreted in schools and in society. With historical documents and books scattered in front of them, Central High School students are helping complete the narrative of Alabama’s history by investigating and archiving Tuscaloosa’s black history. With the guidance of University of Alabama Professor John Giggie and graduate student Margaret Lawson, they were trained to become their own historians in an elective course titled “The History of Us.”

Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg spending in Alabama could chip away at Biden support: Washington Examiner – March 1

After keeping his campaign afloat with his South Carolina victory, Joe Biden is poised to be first in the Alabama contest if Michael Bloomberg’s overwhelming presence in the state doesn’t pull support away from the former vice president. There’s a dearth of polling in Alabama, which gives out 52 pledged delegates on Super Tuesday, a day when more than a third of all delegates are awarded when 14 states vote. The eventual nominee will need to win a total of 1,991 pledged delegates.

Joe Biden

For Biden, questions remain among black voters in Super Tuesday states: Fox (New York) – March 2

As customers drifted in and out of Harun Coffee in the historically black neighborhood of Leimert Park in Los Angeles last week, John Rader, a 47-year-old chef, considered his choices in California’s primary this Super Tuesday, wondering aloud whether he should bother voting at all.  Four years ago in this center of black art, culture and black-owned businesses in Los Angeles, Hillary Clinton turned out long lines of excited black voters for her rally. “I suspect Biden is still the favorite among black voters but I also think many black voters believe he is too weak to go after Trump,” said Richard Fording, a professor of political science at The University of Alabama.
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Super Tuesday

UA political science professor comments on Super Tuesday (Live Interview): WVUA – March 3

Political expert and University of Alabama professor Dr. Allen Linken joins me now to talk more about the U.S. Senate race and the Presidential race. Are you surprised there could be a run off between Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville?

Alabama Primary

Joe Biden wins the Alabama primary, picking up another Southern victory: Vox – March 3

Former Vice President Joe Biden has won the Alabama Democratic primary — and in yet another state, his investment in the South appears to be paying off. Biden struggled through the presidential primary’s first few races but promised his supporters nationally he would perform to their expectations once voting moved to states with more diverse populations. And that suggestion was backed up by the state’s demographics and the concerns of Alabama Democrats, according to The University of Alabama’s Regina Wagner, an assistant professor of political science. Alabama’s electorate skews a bit older (with about 60 percent above the age of 45) and was expected to be about 54 percent black, and it was known that the state’s Democratic voters are largely moderates with an eye on November. “A lot of this race is implicitly about electability,” Wagner told Vox. “Electability in the sense that voters want someone who can beat Donald Trump more than they want someone who agrees with them on every issue.”

Maharaja Ranjit Singh

Who was Maharaja Ranjit Singh?: History Extra – March 4

Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780–1839), founder of the Sikh empire who forged a modern empire of toleration and who famously owned the Koh-i-Noor diamond, has been voted the greatest leader in world history in a poll by BBC World Histories Magazine Ranjit Singh was one of 20 leaders nominated by expert historians in BBC World Histories Magazine. Other contenders included Winston Churchill, Elizabeth I, Boudica, Abraham Lincoln and Oliver Cromwell. Here, Matthew Lockwood, assistant professor of history at The University of Alabama, explores the life and achievements of Ranjit Singh…
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Food Pantry Fundraiser

Empty Bowls event will raise money for church food pantry: Tuscaloosa News – March 5

Grace Presbyterian Church on Friday will host Empty Bowls, the church’s 12th annual fundraiser for its Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. The goal of the event, which will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the church fellowship hall at 113 Hargrove Road, is to raise awareness about hunger. For a donation of $14, attendees will receive a meal of soup, bread and water. Each attendee will also be allowed to select a handcrafted bowl made by The University of Alabama’s ceramics program.
Tuscaloosa News – March 6
Nick975 – March 5

How to Feel Younger

How to feel younger at any age: Prevention – March 5

But curtailing a certain physical or mental activity—whether it’s traveling or learning a hobby—doesn’t protect you. In fact, putting on the brakes can hasten aging. “A long history of research suggests that if you keep your mind busy doing just about anything, it’s good,” says Ian M. McDonough, Ph.D., an assistant professor at The University of Alabama.
MSN – March 6

Women’s History Month

University of Alabama Women’s History Month spotlights 100 years of women’s suffrage: Alabama Newscenter – March 7

To honor, to inspire and to amplify the contribution of women throughout history, Women’s History Month was passed into law by the U.S. Congress in March 1987.  To celebrate the month at the University of Alabama, the Women and Gender Resource Center has a lineup of events focusing on 100 years of women’s suffrage.