American Studies Professor Had a Passion for Pop Culture

He was known for his laid-back Age of Aquarius demeanor, his delight in American culture, and the cards he sent to friends far and wide each year on Valentine’s Day. Dr. James M. Salem, professor emeritus in the Department of American Studies, died unexpectedly on July 6, 2012, following routine surgery. He served the department […]

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Collaborative Work Yields Progress on Pardons for Scottsboro Boys

Sheila Washington, founder of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center, has asked Gov. Robert Bentley to clear the names of eight of the nine defendants known as the Scottsboro boys, who were wrongly convicted of raping two white women in 1931. Washington’s plea has garnered significant support from professors, lawyers, and legislators and is […]

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Travel Research Fund in American Studies Pays Tribute to Former Student

A travel research fund in the College’s Department of American Studies was established this year with a gift of $40,000 in honor of the late John Paul Ahlstrom of Montgomery. Ahlstrom attended the College in 1964 and became a steadfast admirer of UA. He had a lifelong love of learning, with a special interest in […]

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