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.
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Derek Alderman, head of UT’s Department of Geography, has been elected to serve as president of the American Association of Geographers.
Wendell Scott was the first and only African American driver to win a stock car race at NASCAR’s highest level.
Professor and head of the Department of Geography Derek Alderman has conducted extensive research on schools named for Martin Luther King Jr. Recently, Alderman was interviewed by Education Week to discuss the naming of schools after the Obamas.
On Monday, January 16, people gathered across the nation to honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. Columbus Alive featured research by Derek Alderman, head of the Department of Geography, in examining the road it took to make this day a federal holiday.
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.
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.