A&S in the News: February 27-March 5, 2022

Black History

Inside one of Alabama’s only Black history high school classes: What is taught?: Al.com – Feb. 28

… The class, “History of Us,” began in 2019 at Central High School, where University of Alabama Associate Professor John Giggie and graduate student Margaret Lawson taught students key research skills and explored topics connected to local African American history. District leaders expanded the course this year. Now, about a hundred students across the district’s three high schools are enrolled in the elective, and creators say it could prove to be a model for the rest of the state. “A great history class does more than simply teach students,” Giggie said. “A good history class will help people think about the world differently. But a great one will help them live in it differently.”

Sleep Quality

Sex File: Our love life has suffered since we started sleeping separately: Irish Examiner – Feb. 28

… Recently published research by clinical psychologist Heather Gunn at The University of Alabama found that couples who had poor sleep quality had more arguments the next day.

War in Ukraine

UA Russian history professor comments on war in Ukraine: CBS 42 – Feb. 28

Today, I spoke to Dr. Margaret Peacock. She is a University of Alabama Russian history professor. She tells me she is hoping all of the international sanctions and pressure will force Russian President Vladimir Putin to back down…UA Professor Dr. Margaret Peacock says this is a teachable moment for her students.
CBS 42 (web)

Premier Awards

6 students, 3 faculty receive UA’s top honors, the Premier Awards: Tuscaloosa Patch – March 1

The University of Alabama will honor six students and three faculty members for their outstanding contributions to the Capstone. The Premier Awards honor students, faculty and staff who exemplify the highest standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

State of the Union

UA political science professor reacts to State of the Union address: WVUA – March 1

I spoke with Dr. Allen Linken, UA political science professor, and he said the President’s address was very somber, serious and had a resolute tone, but he says it sent a strong message. Dr. Linken said the President had a tough job tonight.
WVUA (web)

Fulbright Program

UA students named semifinalists for U.S. Student Fulbright Program: Tuscaloosa Patch – March 2

Twenty-six UA students have been named semifinalists for the U.S. Student Fulbright Program for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Voting Rights

Maps, ballots, race and power: City Metro (Charlotte, NC) – March 2

The history of voting rights in America is a sordid history, full of all the various ways that certain groups have been excluded… This conversation with a panel of voting rights experts is worth a listen. My guests included Hilary Green, associate professor of history at The University of Alabama…

Gordon Palmer Hall

Report on Gordon Palmer Hall reveals health risks: The Crimson White – March 2

From the outside, Gordon Palmer Hall is just another building on The University of Alabama campus. For more than 50 years, UA students have attended classes at 505 Hackberry Lane to learn about psychology and the human decision-making process.

Moundville Knap-In

University of Alabama kicks off its annual Knap-In this weekend: WVUA – March 3

The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park is hosting its annual Knap-In March 4 and 5, featuring stone tool makers and flint knappers from across the nation.

Tuscaloosa Takes on the World

University of Alabama students hear the “human side” of the crisis in Ukraine: Alabama Public Radio – March 4

About thirty University of Alabama students got a firsthand lesson about the crisis in Ukraine. Alabama Public Radio moderated a forum on Vladimir Putin’s attack on that former Soviet nation. Attendees included people with family in Ukraine and Russia who voiced concern over the safety of their relatives. Oleg Kyselov* is a visiting Fulbright scholar from Ukraine.

Women Writers

Joy Key chats with author Nana Nkweti: Blog Talk Radio – March 5

… Nkweti is a professor of English at The University of Alabama.