A&S in the News: January 24-30, 2021

Black Belt Artist Project

UA class take photos in Alabama’s Black Belt: WVUA – Jan. 24

The Black Belt, named for its rich soil, is also the home to some of the finest and most interesting artists in the country. University of Alabama photography professor Dr. Chris Jordan is passionate about the Black Belt and thought it would serve as a wonderful classroom for his photography students. And now their hard work has produced an art display that everyone can enjoy. “My students and I traveled throughout the Black Belt region photographing artists, taking their portraits and also conducting interviews of many of the artists.” For two weeks, students witnessed these artists in their environment.
Knoxville News Sentinel
The Commercial Appeal
The News Star
Montgomery Advertiser
Miami Herald
The Washington Times
The Sacramento Bee
The News & Observer
The Kansas City Star
…and many more

Impeachment Trial

UA political science professor comments on impeachment of Trump: WVUA – Jan. 25

Today, the Senate Republicans and Democrats came together and decided that the impeachment trial will start the week of February 8th. We spoke to University of Alabama political science professor Dr. Allen Linken to get is thoughts on the upcoming historical event.

Marshall Scholarship

UA student receives Marshall Scholarship: WVUA – Jan. 25

For the first time in over a decade, a University of Alabama student was awarded a scholarship to pursue graduate studies overseas, and this Alabama student has overcome major challenges to get to where she is today. For the first time in more than 40 years a UA senior was awarded the Marshall Scholarship. With this scholarship, Caroline Yuk will be able to pursue her graduate studies in the UK.

Tuscaloosa City Council

UA student to challenge longtime incumbent for City Council seat: Crimson White – Jan. 26

The qualifying period for Tuscaloosa elections closed today, and UA student Sam Badger is on the ballot. Badger, a 19-year old from Michigan majoring in political science and economics, announced his bid for City Council District 5 last November in a Facebook live video. He has since been endorsed by the West Alabama Labor Council and United Auto Workers Local 112, a labor union for Mercedes workers in Vance, Alabama. In a statement given to the Crimson White, Badger said, “My age and current occupation are pretty much incidental. I’m running this campaign as a member of the District 5 community. Our district is in a tough spot right now. Our infrastructure is crumbling, our streets aren’t safe and our working people are having a difficult time making ends meet.”
Tuscaloosa Thread


Amazon warehouse in Alabama may be first to be unionized: National Public Radio – Jan. 28

Alabama and many states around it have Right to Work laws, which mean every worker can choose not to pay union dues. Here is Michael Innis Jimenez, a professor at The University of Alabama. “The billboard that I’ll never forget said, ‘Do you want Tuscaloosa to be the next Detroit?’ you know let’s throw race in there, too, obviously. Seeing this post-industrial city in a lot of pain and blaming that on the unions.”
WBUR 90.9
Wisconsin Public Radio
New Hampshire Public Radio
…and many more