A&S in the News: March 21-27, 2021

Stop Asian Hate

‘This needs to stop’: Campus community speaks out against anti-Asian hate crimes: Crimson White – March 21

The message was written by G. Christine Taylor, VP for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and Teresa Wise, associate provost for international education and global outreach. It included links to anti-Asian hate crime reporting and ally resources. “As such, we stand today in solidarity as allies with our AAPI community members,” the email said… Harper said Asian students on the University’s campus have faced racial struggles prior to the anti-Asian sentiment created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The UA News email, Harper said, was too little, too late.

SEC Faculty Achievement Award

University of Alabama gender and cultural studies professor honored by SEC: Tuscaloosa News – March 22

The SEC on Monday announced that Catherine Roach was UA’s 2021 honoree. “Dr. Roach’s willingness to explore new research frontiers, experiment with different writing mediums, seek different reading audiences and regularly create exciting and enticing courses for our students demonstrates why she has been so successful in creating a perennially vigorous research program,” said UA President Stuart R. Bell in a news release from the conference.


UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park to host Spring events: Alabama Patch – March 23

The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park will host the virtual Ancient Art and Technology Weekend March 26-27, and the annual Birdfest April 9-10, which will include in-person and virtual components. The Ancient Art and Technologies Weekend will feature craft demonstrations, lectures and stories at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day on the Moundville Archaeological Park Facebook page and UA Museums YouTube page.

Exhausted Majority

We see the Left. We see the Right. Can anyone see the ‘Exhausted Majority’?: The New York Times – March 24

Does Joe Biden’s victory in 2020 represent the last gasp of an exhausted moderate tradition or does a potentially powerful center lie dormant in our embattled political system?… Along similar lines, George Hawley, a political scientist at The University of Alabama, made the case in an email that there are probably “a lot of Americans that would like to see a ‘centrist’ approach to politics. Many people are clearly tired of polarization and the negativity in American politics. At present, however, I see little chance for such a candidate or a movement.” Why?…

Mass Shootings

How does this keep happening here? Colorado residents ask themselves after another mass shooting: Yahoo! – March 24

According to a 2016 study by Adam Lankford, a criminology professor at The University of Alabama, mass shootings are more likely to happen in places where gun ownership is common. He looked at 171 countries and concluded that the U.S. and other countries with high firearm ownership rates are “particularly susceptible to future public mass shootings,” even if they are otherwise peaceful. “It’s not countries with the most murders or the most suicides,” he said. “It’s the countries with the most firearms that had most mass shootings.”

Northeast Alabama Community College

How this community college is memorializing its mascots: Al.com – March 24

Before the end of the year, two beloved animals associated with Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville will be featured in a new piece of public art displayed in a prominent area so that, decades into the future, everyone will know their story. … She contacted Craig Wedderspoon, a professor in the sculpture department at The University of Alabama, where Kilgore did her graduate work, to see if their foundry could handle such a large project. The department was contracted to do a mockup and final casting of Kilgore’s life-size design. “There’s a big crew working on it,” she says.

True Crime Shows

The rise of true crime shows affect UA students’ habits: Crimson White – March 24

Over the past few years, true crime has undoubtedly become one of the most popular television genres… On average, criminal behavior in the United States doesn’t occur as frequently as the burst in true crime documentaries may lead some to believe. “It’s really important to put violent crime in perspective,” said Matthew Dolliver, a criminology and criminal justice professor.

Alabama Students Against Prisons

Why a group of Alabama students banded together against state prisons: Crimson White – March 24

Alabama Students Against Prisons (ASAP), an organization founded by multiple students over Zoom last December, has grown into a movement of young people working to put an end to what they believe is a prison crisis in the state of Alabama.

Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

‘I will never forget’: How sexual assault shapes – or doesn’t shape – student experience: Crimson White – March 25

More training? Less drinking? More advocacy? As toxic campus culture continues to threaten students, some are wondering how they can best protect one another. … While the prevalence of sexual assaults on college campuses is undeniable, many students at The University of Alabama feel that the problem, despite its magnitude, remains unseen.

Dance and Social Activism

‘Say Her Name…Too’: Bridging dance and social activism: The Michigan Daily – March 25

This Sunday, the University of Michigan’s student organization Creatives of Color hosted a powerful discussion and movement workshop, which was moderated over Zoom by Dr. Antonio C. Cuyler, associate professor of arts administration and director of the MA Program at Florida State University, and Lawrence M. Jackson, associate chair and associate professor of dance at The University of Alabama. The conversation was centered on how dance can serve as a vehicle for social activism… University of Alabama senior Eryn Cade connected with Breonna Taylor and the fact that Taylor was a first responder, imagining the exhaustion that such an occupation entails. “When I get home, I’m tired… I want to be in bed,” Cade reflected.  She said she imagined the fear and frustration of being in bed after a long day of work only to be met with something as brutal as being killed by law enforcement in your own home.

Jewish Heritage

Letters from Minsk: Toward the Polish Corridor: CounterPunch – March 26

I listened to Professor Galbraith, from The University of Alabama, that night on my computer, when I googled “Jewish Poznan” and came up with her web site, “Uncovering Jewish Heritage,” on which there is a lecture that she delivered, based on a 2015 Fulbright scholarship, about searching for Jewish cultural roots (including her own) in Poznan. In describing Poland’s missing Jews, and how they are remembered (or not) these days, Galbraith speaks of “the absence of memory,” to make the point that in cities such as Poznan, those who built over the remains of Jewish culture had very little knowledge of what had been there before.