Category: News

Articles about news in the College, from student and faculty accomplishments to research advances, new academic programs, and the impact of giving.


Violence Unchained

History professor’s new book tells true story of pre-Civil War violence Django Unchained’s recent Oscar success has again put a spotlight on the film’s controversial subject matter, which depicts slavery in the pre-Civil War South with a high level of graphic violence. History professor Dr. Joshua Rothman says that while the violence in the film was obviously designed to shock and entertain, it’s not an unfair depiction of the era. “The notion that a single person, white or black, could […]

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Johnson Awarded Memorial Scholarship for Advocacy Work

From the March 2013 Desktop News | Kaylyn Johnson, a junior majoring in English and American Studies, was recently awarded the 2013 Elliot Jackson Jones Memorial Scholarship for her work as an advocate of diversity at The University of Alabama. She received the award from Capstone Alliance, UA’s affiliation group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered faculty, staff, and students and their allies. The scholarship recognizes a UA student, at any level, who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving the campus climate for […]

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Migration/s Exhibit Used as Interdisciplinary Learning Experience

From the March 2013 Desktop News | “Migration/s,” a collaborative exhibition featuring works in the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama, opens this month at the Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art in downtown Tuscaloosa and will be on display until April 19. The exhibit, part of a semester-long exploration of the theme of migration, investigates how artists have reflected upon the history of African American experiences in the wake of the Great Migration, as well as […]

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Gupta Named University of Alabama Distinguished Research Professor

From the March 2013 Desktop News | A College professor who is internationally known for his expertise in investigating thin films and nanostructured materials for use in information technology and energy applications has been named a Distinguished University Research Professor by The University of Alabama Board of Trustees. Dr. Arunava Gupta, a professor in the College’s Department of Chemistry, received the appointment at a recent meeting of the board. Gupta, who holds a joint appointment in the College of Engineering’s Department of Chemical […]

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Psychology to Host “Through the Doors” Event Highlighting Diversity in Psychology

From the March 2013 Desktop News | The Department of Psychology will host a student poster presentation on March 15 as part of “Through the Doors,” the year-long commemoration of The University of Alabama’s 50th anniversary of desegregation. The event’s title, “Integration now, integration tomorrow, integration forever,” hearkens back to former Alabama Governor George Wallace’s infamous quote. The event celebrates ways in which the inclusion of African Americans and other diverse groups has enhanced the field of psychology. The event will be held […]

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Abortion’s Sensitivity in Modern Culture Topic of Philosophy Today Lecture

From the March 2013 Desktop News | The topic of abortion has historically been and continues to be a sensitive topic in society. Dr. William G. Lycan, a professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has researched some of the reasons behind this and will be on the UA campus to discuss, “Why the Abortion Issue is So Difficult,” on March 7 at 7:30 p.m.in Room 205 Smith Hall, part of the 2012-2013 Philosophy Today Lecture Series. Lycan’s talk […]

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Mystery of Multiplicity

Series celebrates diversity of perspectives in the liberal arts, across the University The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 22 academic divisions, 100 programs of study, 534 faculty members, and 9,250 students. That’s a lot of specialties, personalities, and interests — and Creative Campus’s Object X discussion series wants to celebrate them. By drawing together faculty and students from the College’s many academic divisions, Creative Campus hopes to “highlight the multiplicity of perspectives present in our daily lives.” […]

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Seamless Performance

Spotlight on the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre’s spring show The lights dim; the audience waits for the first glimpse of the first dancer onstage. In this way, the hours of practice, the tiniest detail of choreography, every stitch in a costume and note in a song come together: the ARDT is performing again. The Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre features the best talents of every level at UA. Undergraduate students perform pieces choreographed by faculty in the dance department. MFA graduate […]

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New A&S Website Blends User Input, Best Practices

Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences’ new website. This site is the culmination of a yearlong process of research, usability testing, user surveys, writing, editing, design, and development undertaken by staff of the Office of Educational Technology (eTech). You’ll notice as you click through these pages that the site has a completely different look and feel from its predecessor, with livelier, more colorful graphics and the College’s new logo on every page. The changes are more than superficial, […]

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Smithsonian Exhibit on Bracero Guest Worker Program Hosted by American Studies

The Smithsonian Institute has selected the Department of American Studies to be a host for its exhibit “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964.” The exhibit, which tells the story of Hispanic “bracero” workers, who were part of the largest guest worker program in U.S. history, will be at UA February 16-April 28 in the J. Wray and Joan Billingsley Pearce Foyer in Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library on the UA campus. The program was named for the Spanish term bracero, “strong-arm,” and […]

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