A&S in the News: February 25 – March 2, 2024

Senate Bill 129 Demonstrations

‘DEI saves our students’ lives’: Students organize strikes and demonstrations in response to Alabama senate bill: The Crimson White – Feb. 25

On Thursday, the Alabama Senate approved Senate Bill 129, which would ban the public funding of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. The bill awaits a vote Wednesday in the House…Students at The University of Alabama, the University of Huntsville in Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Auburn University at Montgomery have expressed their concerns and frustrations about the bill and have planned demonstrations and strikes at each university.

Graduate History Association

UA Graduate History Association passes resolutions opposing state bills: The Crimson White – Feb. 27

The Graduate History Association passed two resolutions opposing Alabama Senate bills 10 and 77 Friday afternoon. Gavin Jones, a history master’s student, spoke on the bill…

Moundville Knap-In

Moundville Archaeological Park to hold annual Knap-In on March 1-2: Alabama Public Radio – Feb. 27

The Moundville Archaeological Park will host its annual Knap-In on March 1-2. This stone tool maker event will host flint knappers from all over the country. Knapping is the shaping of flint, chert, obsidian or other conchoidal fracturing stone through the process of lithic reduction to manufacture stone tools.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs

Lawmakers push to cut DEI initiatives across Alabama: The Crimson White – Feb. 28

Alabama is one of 20 states considering restrictions on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in this year’s spring legislative sessions…Students and faculty have begun to question how the University will adapt the legislation if passed. Richard Fording, a political science professor, believes that the legislation being debated at all is concerning.

IVF Ruling

‘Very dangerous issue for them’: How Republicans regroup after Alabama court’s IVF ruling: Al.com – Feb. 29

Could the Republican Party be fraying over the issue of abortion and reproductive rights following the Alabama State Supreme Court’s ruling upending in vitro fertilization within the state?…“I think the NRSC memo as well as the public statements from many Alabama as well as national Republicans show that they do view this issue as potentially toxic on an electoral level,” said Regina Wagner, an assistant professor of political sciences at The University of Alabama.
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