Derek Alderman News

Chronicle of Higher Ed Quotes Alderman Work on Public Memory and Slavery

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured a story in which a researcher doggedly maps forgotten corners of slave history, including Detroit’s role in the Underground Railroad and its past in which many Detroiters held many people in bondage between the mid-1700s and early 1800s. The story highlights the scholarship of Derek Alderman, UT professor of geography, about public memory relating to how those slave tales are told.

Alderman Discusses Elvis Presley Fandom with WBIR

Derek Alderman, professor of geography, spoke with WBIR-TV Channel 10 about how fans of Elvis Presley have intensified his memory four decades after his passing. Alderman noted that pilgrims to Graceland, through leaving personal graffiti on the grounds, help us better understand the Elvis fandom. Alderman researches public memory, popular culture, and heritage tourism in the

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NPR, News Sentinel Talk to Alderman about Confederate Monuments

Derek Alderman, a UT geography professor who studies southern memory and commemorative culture, was featured in a discussion on National Public Radio’s show A1 about Confederate monuments.  (August 16 edition) The debate over Confederate monuments and memorials often boils down to history versus hate and it’s heating up again. A group of activists in Durham,

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Alderman to Study Role of Geography, Geospatial Intelligence During Civil Rights Era

During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, activist groups used geography and geospatial intelligence—collecting geographic information and understanding its potential to effect change—to identify protest sites and plan protests. Derek Alderman, a UT professor of geography, has received a three-year $373,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore those geospatial tactics and determine what can be learned about patterns of racial inequality.

The Conversation: Why Taking Down Memorials is Only a First Step

Derek Alderman, a professor in the Department of Geography, recently co-authored an article published by the Conversation with Josh Inwood, a former UT professor who is now a faculty member at Pennsylvania State University. The article expanded on a recent decision to remove several Confederate monuments in the city of New Orleans.

OZY Features Alderman on Building Monuments to Honor Educators

In a recent feature of OZY’s special series, High School, Disrupted, the discussion surrounds the topic of building monuments in honor of high school teachers. The publication interviewed UT’s Alderman about the stories statues and monuments communicate.