A&S in the News: June 28 – July 4, 2020

Online Performances

University of Alabama Theatre and Dance release online performances, lessons: Alabama New Center – June 28

While live performances and instruction on the University of Alabama campus are paused because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UA Department of Theatre and Dance is releasing weekly performances and lessons through two new video series.

Indentured Servants

Debunked: Irish people in colonies were not slaves – they were indentured servants: The Journal – June 28

As the Black Lives Matter movement garnered more publicity in recent weeks following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, there has been a surge in posts on social media making claims about ‘Irish slavery’. He cited research by Jenny Shaw, a historian at The University of Alabama, about an Irish indentured servant called Cornelius Bryan.

The Lost Cause

Dr. Hilary N. Green explains role women played in shaping the Lost Cause: Al.com – June 29

This week on the Reckon Interview, we’re talking with Dr. Green about monuments, Reconstruction, the legacy of minstrel culture, and more. Dr. Green is an associate professor of History at The University of Alabama and since 2015 she has hosted campus tours to contextualize many of the buildings on campus that are named for Confederates and Klansmen.

Face Mask Law

Tuscaloosa adopts face mask law for public spaces: Tuscaloosa News – June 30

A unanimous Tuscaloosa City Council voted Tuesday to require face masks in all public places in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. His view was not supported by any of the other speakers, including University of Alabama biochemistry professor Patrick Frantom who said the city, county, state and nation were in a “state of emergency” because of the virus.


Program pairs patriotic music with fireworks display: Tuscaloosa News – July 2

Just a sprinkling of 21st century songs will light up the night with Saturday’s Fourth of July fireworks in Tuscaloosa… As University of Alabama School of Music faculty musicologists Christy Thomas Adams and Joseph Sargent point out, such compositions can derive from an explicit, intended sense of national identity, or can become identified as patriotic through changing uses and associations.