A&S in the News: November 27 – December 3, 2022

UA in Ireland

UA in Ireland takes students across the Irish landscape: The Crimson White – Nov. 27

This summer, The University of Alabama Education Abroad office introduced a new program called UA in Ireland. The University offers many opportunities for students to study abroad and explore exciting cultures, and this was no exception. Ireland native and UA instructor of geography, Mary Pitts, first proposed this idea in 2020; however, due to COVID-19, the program couldn’t make its debut until this summer.

Academic Study of Religion

The future of religious studies: A conversation with Russell McCutcheon: New Books in Religion – Nov. 28

Russell McCutcheon shares his views on the academic study of religion, and the path ahead for religion graduates and the field itself. McCutcheon is a professor of religious studies at The University of Alabama.

Ann Hodges’ Meteorite

A meteorite hits Ann Hodges: History This Week – Nov. 28

Thanks to our guests: Dr. Julia Cartwright, planetary scientist at The University of Alabama; Billy Field, professor at The University of Alabama and screenwriter; and Julie Love Templeton, attorney in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Dr. Cartwright is involved in a number of art/science collaborations to engage and educate the public about meteorites and planetary science.
CBS 42
Yahoo! News Canada
Canada Today
Tuscaloosa Patch
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West Alabama Christmas Parade

PARA invites public to tree lighting ahead of West Alabama Christmas parade: Tuscaloosa Thread – Nov. 28

… The event will feature performances from The University of Alabama Tuba Octet and the Westwood Elementary School Singers… 

Holiday Events

Why this weekend is the most wonderful time of the year in Tuscaloosa: Tuscaloosa News – Nov. 29

… The University of Alabama’s School of Music will present “Hilaritas,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Moody Music Building, 810 Second Ave. on the UA campus. “Hilaritas” was created at UA in 1969 by Steve Sample Sr., then director of jazz, and Fred Prentice, director of choral studies, blending new and established jazz and pop arrangements of classical, standard and contemporary songs, sacred and secular, from the season. The name came from a Greek word translating loosely to “Live joyfully and be proud of what you are.” Tickets, available online at ua.universitytickets.com, cost $15 for general admission, $5 for seniors and children and $3 for UA students, faculty and staff.

Federal Sovereignty Designation

Alabama tribe could get federal recognition, casino gambling under final legislative push by retiring Senator Richard Shelby: Al.com – Dec. 1

… Mairin Odle, an associate professor in the Department of American Studies at The University of Alabama, said it’s not surprising that tribes based in the Southeastern U.S. – such as the MOWA and Lumbee – have difficulties gathering the volumes of information needed for federal recognition. “Southeastern Native American communities were affected by Jim Crow laws like everyone else in the South,” she said. “Often those policies, and law forced people into racial categories. In most states, you were listed as either ‘white’ or ‘colored’ and there was no third category.”


Opinion: When racism comes from inside the house: The State Press (Arizona State University) – Dec. 1

… In an essay on pigmentocracy, Trudier Harris, a literary scholar and professor emeritus at The University of Alabama, argues that while the word has only come into widespread use in the past few decades, the concept has been prevalent throughout history.