Derek Alderman, head of the UT Department of Geography, and Kurt Butefish, coordinator of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, wrote an opinion editorial for the Knoxville News Sentinel about the importance of geography in state social studies curriculum as officials seek to revise the standards. They noted that geography is increasingly becoming a smaller part of the curriculum–which is a disadvantage to K-12 students.
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Professional stock car driver Wendell Scott competed throughout the segregated Jim Crow South during the tense days of the civil rights movement.
Derek Alderman has been elected vice president of the American Association of Geographers, the nation’s premier academic and professional geography organization. Alderman, head of the Department of Geography, begins his term this summer.
The largest school district in Texas this month voted to rename four schools with names linked to the Confederacy. The Austin American-Statesman spoke to UT geographer Derek Alderman for the story.
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.
The Washington Post Magazine published a graphic that pinpoints many places in the United States that have streets named for Martin Luther King Jr. The outlet used the research of Derek Alderman, professor and head of the Department of Geography.
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.
UT’s Joshua Inwood and Derek Alderman wrote an opinion editorial for the Knoxville News Sentinel about the importance of diverse programs to the success of students beyond their college careers.
The College of Arts and Sciences celebrated outstanding faculty with awards in diversity leadership, advising, teaching, research, academic outreach, and service on December 1 at the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony held at the Holiday Inn-Downtown.
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.