Department of American Studies

A&S in the News: February 11-17, 2018

Opera Theatre Orchestra, opera team up for Valentine’s show: Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 12 As symbols of love, diamonds display facets. Like life, they derive from carbon, trapped under extreme heat and pressure, but once stabilized — metastabilized, in fact — to equilibrium, they’re among the toughest substances in the world … John Lennon and Paul… Read more »

A&S in the News: February 4-10, 2018

Dance Alabama! Dance Alabama! Film Festival makes an encore: Crimson White – Feb. 5 The second annual Dance Alabama! Film Festival will be held Wednesday, Feb. 7 in the Ferguson Theater at 7 p.m. The festival will serve as the premiere for 10 short films of dance produced by students working across multiple mediums. Each piece… Read more »

A&S in the News: January 21-27, 2018

Performing Arts Center Campus sees progress for the performing arts: Crimson White – Jan. 21 The University of Alabama is in the final stage of planning a $60 million state-of-the-art performing arts center for the Department of Theatre and Dance. The Department of Theatre and Dance currently performs and rehearses in Rowand-Johnson Hall. The building holds… Read more »

Two UA Historians Appointed Distinguished Lecturers

From the May 2017 Desktop News | Two University of Alabama historians, Drs. Michael Innis-Jiménez and Andrew Huebner, were recently appointed distinguished lecturers of the Organization of American Historians. As speakers for the Distinguished Lectureship Program, Huebner and Innis-Jiménez agree to a three-year renewable term in which they will travel the country, speaking about all facets of U.S…. Read more »

Alumnus Brings LGBTQ Exhibition to UA Gallery

From the March 2017 Desktop News | A historical exhibition of Charlotte, North Carolina’s queer history will be on display at The University of Alabama Gallery until Friday, April 14. The exhibition is located in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa and is free and open to the public. The exhibition, “Publicly Identified: Coming Out… Read more »

Digitizing Social Justice

From the November 2016 Desktop News | Margaret Sasser, a 2014 alumna, spent one summer during her Master’s program digging through archives at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, Alabama. She had been hired by Dr. Ellen Spears, an associate professor in New College and the Department of American Studies, to sort through roughly… Read more »

A&S In the News – July 8-July 14

To Live and Die on Facebook The Atlantic – July 11 The present remains quite grim. “It’s an extremely tragic moment in American life,” according to Utz McKnight, a professor of political science at the University of Alabama. For the Philando Castiles of the world, if there’s any solace to be found in these moments… Read more »

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 »