A&S in the News: January 31 – February 6, 2021

COVID-Era Job Search

How seniors and recent grads are dealing with COVID-era job searches: Crimson White – Jan. 31

“Finding a job to begin with, especially in entertainment, especially during a pandemic, is hard,” said Micah Deerman, a senior majoring in creative media, who hopes to someday direct music videos and edit feature films. Deerman said the biggest way to “get out there” is by submitting work to film festivals, like Black Warrior, Sidewalk, Cobb International and Houston Comedy, and he’s had help submitting to some of those from The University of Alabama. “[The College of Communication and Information Sciences] is very big on getting students work, so I was able to receive funding from them to submit to different festivals,” he said. He said underclassmen in creative fields should make the most of their time in college.

Alabama Students Against Prisons

UA student speaks out about new prisons being leased in Alabama: WVTM 13 – Feb. 1

University of Alabama student David Zell, who’s a member of Alabama Students Against Prisons, says investing billions of dollars into new prisons isn’t the answer to the Department of Corrections issues. “It’s just punting the problem to my generation and leaving us with an even bigger mess to take care of.”

Impeachment Trial

UA political science professor comments on Trump’s second impeachment trial: WVUA – Feb. 1

Former President Trump’s second impeachment trial is set to get underway. We spoke with University of Alabama political science professor Allen Linken about this second impeachment for former President Trump.

Black Belt Artist Project

Spirit of Alabama: Photography class captures Black Belt artists: WVUA – Feb. 1

UA photography Professor Chris Jordan said he has a passion for this region and thought it would serve as a wonderful classroom for his students. … “As an educator, my job is to teach the students the skills, give them some strategies and then just let them go and let their own inherit wisdom carry through,”Jordan said. What the students produced on the two week trip was featured at The University of Alabama Gallery on Greensboro avenue.

Black History Month

Trivia, movies, and lectures: How UA is celebrating Black History Month: Crimson White – Feb. 4

Find information on events and figures of Black history all month by following the UA Crossroads Civic Engagement Center and 1956 Magazine on Instagram.

UA Galleries

‘Then COVID hit’: How UA galleries have managed a return to near-normalcy: Crimson White – Feb. 4

Back in 2018, when Daniel White was still settling into his new gig as director of two of the University’s galleries, he booked an exhibition of photographs by a Tuscaloosa local. The exhibition would, he thought, be installed in the summer of 2020… UA galleries have had far less financial stress than other cultural institutions over the past several months, White said.

‘The Matrix’ Defense

What is ‘The Matrix’ defense – and does claiming real life is a simulation actually work?: Oxygen – Feb. 5

While “The Matrix” movie franchise is decidedly fiction, some criminal suspects have used the metaphysical concepts put forth in the films to try to justify their crimes, and in doing so, have turned courtrooms into a cinematic arena of their own… “When it was released, ‘The Matrix’ may have been the most compelling and popular illustration of the idea because it capitalized on new CGI technology and special effects that were not available to filmmakers in the past,” Adam Lankford, a criminal justice professor at the University of Alabama, told Oxygen.com.