Department of American Studies

Two Roads Converged

Dr. Eric Weisbard knows first-hand that the 1990s were a great decade to be writing about popular music. After all, he worked as a rock critic for New York City’s Spin magazine and The Village Voice in the years following the rock band Nirvana’s surge in popularity, which paved the way for hundreds of alternative […]

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Documenting the Civil Rights Movement

From the October 2015 Desktop News | Dr. Doris A. Derby, a documentary photographer and civil rights activist, donated a historic photograph from the civil rights era to The University of Alabama during the opening reception of an exhibit featuring her photographs. The exhibit, “Fertile Ground: The Civil Rights Movement and Its Legacy in the […]

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Cool Books for Hot Days

Our annual summer reading list includes 10 books by College faculty and the latest by distinguished scientist and UA alumnus Dr. Edward O. Wilson. Martin Luther King Jr., Heroism, and African American Literature, by Trudier Harris The heroes in African American life and literature don’t necessarily have to be moral or immoral, good or bad, so long […]

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College Establishes New Academic Minors

From the April 2015 Desktop News | Two interdisciplinary minors focused on burgeoning academic fields have been created and can be pursued by students beginning in fall 2015. The first, cybercrime, will combine classes on the technical aspects of thwarting cyber attacks and processing digital forensic evidence with classes on understanding criminal motivations. The second, […]

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The “Top 40 Democracy” of Popular Music

From the January 2015 Desktop News | A former music critic, Dr. Eric Weisbard has always been interested in connecting the dots of popular culture. When critics began talking about “rockism,” the idea of rock as a biased way of valuing some music and not others, and “poptimism,” the idea that commercial music of all […]

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Author Wins Public Health Award

From the October 2014 edition of Desktop News | A book documenting the link between contamination from a major chemical company and Anniston’s extensive civil rights history recently won an award for contributing to the history of public health. Dr. Ellen Spears, an assistant professor in New College and the Department of American Studies, is […]

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Summer Reading List

What are you reading this summer? Here are eight books by College faculty — plus the latest by distinguished scientist and UA alumnus Dr. Edward O. Wilson.   These books by faculty members in the College’s humanities and social sciences departments represent a tiny sampling of the hundreds of publications produced by A&S faculty each academic year. Baptized […]

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Anniston PCB Pollution Focus of New Book

From the April 2014 Desktop News | With Anniston as the backdrop, Dr. Ellen Spears, assistant professor in New College and the Department of American Studies, explores environmental justice in her new book, Baptized in PCBs, which was released April 7. Though focused on the 1990s legal battle between Anniston residents and the agrochemical company […]

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Professor Takes on Lead Role with MLA

From the February 2014 Desktop News | Dr. Jolene Hubbs, assistant professor in the Department of American Studies, was elected to the Modern Language Association’s executive committee of the Discussion Group on Southern Literature. As an executive committee member, Hubbs will help ensure the association stays abreast of current trends in research done by Southern literary […]

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Shakespeare in American Integration

From the November 2013 Desktop News | “Shakespeare and American Integration,” a two-day symposium to be held November 15-16, will discuss integration in Shakespeare’s works. The event is part of “Through the Doors,” the yearlong series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of desegregation at UA. Dr. Sharon O’Dair, director of the Hudson Strode Program in […]

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