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Grzanka, Miles LGBT Study Receives International Attention

The International Business Times featured Patrick Grzanka’s recent study, which suggests that “born this way” beliefs may not be the key to reducing homophobia. Read the story online. Grzanka, an assistant professor of psychology, co-authored the study with Joe Miles, also an assistant professor of psychology.

Alderman Quoted in National, International Stories for MLK Anniversary

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.

Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Journal Constitution Review Norrell’s ‘Haley’ Biography

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.

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Inwood Responds on WATE to Supreme Court Justice’s Affirmative Action Comments

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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.

News Sentinel Features Darby in Story About Syrian Refugee Photos

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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

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International, Local Outlets Feature Alderman and Inwood in Rosa Parks Anniversary Story

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.