A&S in the News: March 6-12, 2022

Smith Family Center for the Performing Arts

Smith family gift pushes University of Alabama’s Rising Tide campaign over $1 billion: Alabama Newscenter – March 6

The University of Alabama’s Rising Tide Capital Campaign has surpassed $1 billion in charitable commitments toward its $1.5 billion goal, thanks to a recent gift commitment of $20 million made in memory of Mark Smith, co-founder of the global telecommunications company Adtran.

Voting Rights

In Selma, foot soldiers’ kin boosts youth voting rights role: Associated Press – March 7

… “The most popular memory today of the movement is one that’s largely led by older Black intellectuals and activists, and that’s a convenient memory, but it’s not fully accurate,” said John Giggie, an associate professor of history at The University of Alabama and director of the Summersell Center for the Study of the South. Whether it’s civil rights history in Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham or tiny Greensboro, nearly every part of the Alabama racial justice movement depended on the willingness of people as young as high schoolers to take risks and make sacrifices, Giggie said. “How have we not served the younger generation well? By not insisting that, when you look back, you need to see yourself in this movement,” he added. Summersell Center for the Study of the South.

Native American Festival

Native American Festival returns to Moundville: WVUA – March 7

After two years on hold, the Moundville Native American Festival is scheduled for October 5-8. It will take place in person at The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park. Those in attendance can expect artists, craftsmen and educators.

Women of the Capstone

Women of the Capstone throughout history: Tuscaloosa Patch – March 8

From Julia Tutwiler to Betsy Plank, learn more about some of the women who’ve shaped history at the Capstone.

Book Arts

Tuscaloosa art gallery gives a new meaning to reading: The Crimson White – March 9

… It is one of many that occupies the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, which recently opened its newest exhibition, “Mending,” on Friday, March 4, to run through March 25. This exhibition showcases the work of Gina Fowler, Katharine Buckley and Luke Kelly, three graduate students in the MFA Book Arts Program at The University of Alabama.

Social Maladies

UA professors to historicize pandemic in “A Deeper Sickness”: The Crimson White – March 9

Two University of Alabama history professors, Margaret Peacock and Erik Peterson, released their book “A Deeper Sickness: Journal of American in the Pandemic Year,” an exposition…

Russian Propaganda

How the letter ‘Z’ fits into the history of Russian propaganda efforts: Time – March 9

“The phrase ‘Za pobedu’ is in future tense, but ironically, it’s a phrase borrowed from the past,” says Margaret Peacock, an associate professor of history at The University of Alabama, noting that the phrase first emerged as a part of World War II propaganda. “It was not just an articulation of state power, it was a reflection of nationalism and group identity.”

Spring Commencement

UA announces Spring commencement schedule: Tuscaloosa Patch – March 9

The University of Alabama will hold spring commencement ceremonies May 6-8 at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus.
Tuscaloosa News

Hydrogen Fuel

UA leading work on novel fuel for high-velocity missiles: Tuscaloosa Patch – March 9

An innovative form of hydrogen fuel being developed by researchers at The University of Alabama could be used to support long-range, precision-fire missiles in protecting against potential threats to the United States.
Business Alabama

Alabama Attractions

7 Alabama attractions to explore near Tuscaloosa: Tuscaloosa Patch – March 9

Itching to explore what’s beyond campus? From world-class museums to majestic parks, the state of Alabama has a lot to offer. Here are just a few of the many attractions within a two-hour drive of UA’s campus. Check individual websites for admission fees.

Critical Languages Scholarship

UA student receives Critical Languages Scholarship to study Mandarin: Tuscaloosa Patch – March 11

Ben Borja, an international studies and political science double major, has received a Critical Language Scholarship to study Mandarin through an online program based in Dalian, China, this summer.