A&S in the News: March 28 – April 3, 2021


UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park announces Spring 2021 events: Tuscaloosa Thread – March 28

The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park has released the schedule for its upcoming spring events, which have been adapted to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. The park will host the virtual Ancient Art and Technology Weekend March 26-27, and its annual Birdfest event April 9-10.

Mass Shootings

Why does U.S. have so many mass shootings?: CNN (National) – March 28

Why does U.S. have so many mass shootings? Research is clear. Guns. And the man who’s research was included in that piece is with us now, Adam Lankford, assistant professor of criminal justice at The University of Alabama. Adam, this is such an important study that you’ve been doing first. Can you just give us some perspective on how the United States compares to other countries when it comes to mass shootings?
Washington Post
The Denver Post
Loveland Reporter-Herald
Greeley Tribune

Amazon Union

Conservative Alabama could be home to Amazon’s first union in U.S.: Daily Times (Pakistan) – March 29

In the 1920s and 30s Alabama did see strong bursts of pro-union sentiment, mainly in steel factories around Bessemer, said historian Michael Innis-Jimenez. But otherwise “the reputation of Alabama being anti-union is pretty well deserved,” said Innis-Jimenez of The University of Alabama. “We have the only Mercedes plant in the world that is not unionized and that’s in Tuscaloosa,” he added. In Alabama, management can fire a worker without even having to give a reason, he said.
The Manila Times
Kuwait Times
Manila Standard
The Economic Times of India
Daily Mail
…and many more

“The Blinding of Isaac Woodward”

The Truman Library to host online event on The Blinding of Isaac Woodward: Kansas City Patch – March 29

In the midst of the George Floyd murder trial, the library is hosting a preview screening of the PBS American Experience premiere of The Blinding of Isaac Woodward documentary. The preview will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Michele Norris, a current columnist with The Washington Post. Jamila Ephron—co-writer, director, and producer of the documentary—and Kari Frederickson—a professor of history at The University of Alabama and a featured historian in the documentary—will be guests on the panel.

Critical Language Scholarship

Three UA students earn Critical Language Scholarship: Tuscaloosa Patch – March 29

Three University of Alabama students have received the Critical Language Scholarship to study overseas during summer 2021. The Critical Language Scholarship, or CLS program, is part of a U.S. State Department effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS scholars gain critical language and cultural skills that enable them to contribute to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.

Groundwater Impact

Groundwater impact on oceans cannot be ignored, major study finds: Alabama Patch – March 30

A novel international review of available investigations found groundwater’s influence on oceans is a critical component of coastal ecosystems’ health. Published today in Nature Reviews Earth and Environment, the study involves data from Mobile Bay collected by researchers at The University of Alabama. It’s the first paper to summarize groundwater’s contributions to the nutrients delivered to coastal waters on a global scale, said Dr. Natasha Dimova, an associate professor of geological sciences and co-author on the paper.

Theatre & Dance

Tusk Calendar: Who’s playing and what’s happening: Marietta Daily Journal – April 1

FRIDAY-APRIL 11: “Antigone”: The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance will make available its virtual production of Fitts and Fitzgerald’s translation of Sophocles’ “Antigone” Friday through April 11. Visit ua.universitytickets.com to purchase tickets, $10 general admission free for UA students. Viewing instructions will come by ticket confirmation email.