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… Read more »

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,… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Through the Doors Events Continue

Activities Commemorate 50th Anniversary of UA’s Desegregation From the September 2013 Desktop News | As part of the yearlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of The University of Alabama, the College has a full schedule of “Through the Doors” events underway, including lectures and trips to the state’s capital. The events highlight the last 50 years… Read more »

Bracero Exhibit Highlights Immigrant Issues

Smithsonian Guest Worker Exhibit Displayed at UA From the 2013 Celebrating Excellence | Immigration has been on the minds of many in Alabama since the passage of Alabama’s House Bill 56, regarded as the nation’s strictest anti-illegal immigration legislation. In the discipline of American studies, however, immigration is an enduring theme and, in the College’s Department of… Read more »

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… Read more »