UT geographer Derek Alderman, who studies the politics of place names, says renaming streets for Martin Luther King Jr. is a way to “construct a new geography of public memory.” But such points of pride can backfire. Alderman was quoted in many news stories and editorials marking the thirtieth anniversary of the federal holiday commemorating King’s birthday.
Robert “Jeff” Norrell‘s new biography, Alex Haley and the Books That Changed a Nation, continues to garner national acclaim. The Wall Street Journal and the Atlanta Journal Constitution both recently reviewed the book, which explores Haley’s literary influence. Read the Wall Street Journal review here. (Login required.) The Atlanta Journal Constitution review is also available online.
The Associated Press recently featured Derek Alderman, professor and head of the Department of Geography, in a story about New Orleans’ quest to make a break with its confederate past.
US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, during a recent hearing about affirmative action, said students of color may be better off at “lesser schools” because many are “pushed ahead too fast.” UT’s Joshua Inwood told WATE-TV Channel 6 that Scalia’s comments may demonstrate how his power relationships and ideas about race inform his jurisprudence and may be outmoded.
The News Sentinel interviewed Erin Darby for a story about a new exhibit that features the photos of Syrian refugee children taken by a local man. The paper noted that Darby, assistant professor of religious studies, knows firsthand how seeing the faces of refugees can change someone. She often takes her students to Jordan for excavation projects and
USA Today featured UT’s Joshua Emery in a story about a mysterious bright spot that appeared on the dwarf planet Ceres.
The New York Times recently reviewed Alex Haley and the Books that Changed a Nation, a new biography written by Robert “Jeff” Norrell, UT professor of history.
December 1 marked the sixtieth anniversary of the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger—a move that launched a citywide boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, and other desegregation efforts. Six decades later, Parks’ act and subsequent civil rights endeavors provide an opportunity to teach black resistance differently, according to UT’s Derek Alderman and Joshua Inwood.
The Washington Post interviewed Susan Riechert, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, for a story about a giant blanket of spiderwebs that appeared in West Tennessee during Thanksgiving week.
There are twenty-eight individuals at the UT Library who are available for the needs of every individual graduate student. This is the second installment of a five-part series that will highlight each of the twenty-eight subject specific librarians to familiarize students with their subject matter and expertise.