Department of American Studies

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 »

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… Read more »

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… 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 »

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… Read more »

Cultural Arts Center Gallery Unveils Next Exhibition

The next exhibition in The University of Alabama Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, “Wash by Margaret Wrinkle: Seeing Across the Divide,” features a series of photographs taken by Wrinkle at slavery-related sites throughout the South while researching her critically acclaimed novel, “Wash.” Published by Grove/Atlantic, Wrinkle’s novel “Wash” reexamines American slavery in ways that challenge many… 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 »

Event Showcases Faculty Research

Researchers, Scholars Will Present Work at April 23 Conference  College of Arts and Sciences faculty will present their work on a variety of research and scholarly topics at the College of Arts and Sciences 2013 Academies Conference, Tuesday, April 23, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Birmingham Room of the Bryant Conference Center, 40 Paul… Read more »

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,… Read more »