A&S in the News: April 23-29, 2023

Gang Definitions

Who is a gang member? Question sparks racially charged debate in Alabama Legislature: Al.com – April 23

… Matthew Valasik, an associate professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at The University of Alabama, said there are “definitely racial undertones” with the gang definitions utilized in Alabama and elsewhere. He also said there are “class undertones” as well. “At LSU, there was an individual who died from a hazing and five to six guys were charged,” said Valasik, a former professor at Louisiana State University and co-author of the 2020 book, “Alt-Right Gangs: A Hazy Shade of White.” “They were all young white guys,” Valasik said. “If we pick that incident up and move it a few blocks off campus in another neighborhood, I can guarantee you that the prosecutors would have charged them with a gang enhancement.”

2024 Presidential Election

UA political science professor comments on Biden’s bid for re-election: Fox 6 – April 25

Now that President Biden is officially running for re-election, what are his chances for winning his own party’s nomination? Well, his approval rating is under 50% and there are some in his party who wish that he would not run again. Joining us now with a quick analysis is associate professor of political science at The University of Alabama, Dr. Allen Linken.

UA Summer Camps

UA offers interactive, fun youth summer camps: Tuscaloosa Patch – April 26

The University of Alabama is offering a variety of youth camps that will provide enriching learning opportunities throughout the summer. UA will offer art, writing and sports camps, among others.

Dance Alabama!

Dance Alabama! students to host first student produced #SICKMOVES concert: The Crimson White – April 26

Dance Alabama will host its first student produced show entitled #SICKMOVES on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the Dance Theatre on campus and admission is $15. Tickets can be ordered online through etix.com.

Airmount Grave Shelter

Historic Airmount Grave Shelter topic for April 30 meeting: Thomasville Times – April 28

The Clarke County Historical Society will meet at the Thomasville’s Civic Center Sunday, April 30, 2:30 p.m. Matt Gage, director of the Office of Archaeological Research at The University of Alabama, and Kerry Dunaway, Clarke County Museum Director, will give presentations on the restoration of the Airmount Grave Shelter… Gage, who restored the shelter’s tombstones, will discuss the work he and his team did to repair the obelisks that, until the hurricane, had not seen the light of day in more than 150 years.

Bloody Sunday

Birmingham Public Library hosting panel discussion about Bloody Sunday: CBS 42 – April 28

… The event, which is free, will feature University of Alabama history professor Stacy Morgan in conversation with Brown Chapel AME Church historian Joyce O’Neal, who witnessed Bloody Sunday as a teenager.

Hear Here Alabama

UA’s Hear Here bus comes to Selma May 11 for hearing screenings: Selma Sun – April 29

The University of Alabama’s Hear Here Alabama project will be in Selma on May 11 to conduct hearing tests.