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At Virginia’s Liberia Plantation, growing interest in lives of its slaves

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The Washington Post interviewed Derek Alderman for an article about a plantation in Virginia. The story talked with Alderman, head of the university’s geography department, about his research into how the representation of Southern slavery at tourism sites is changing. The research is using plantations to understand ongoing debates about race relations, racism, and white

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Professor Uses Plantations to Examine Race in America

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WBIR-TV interviewed Derek Alderman about his new research project. Alderman, head of the university’s geography department, has received $62,000 from the National Science Foundation to study how the representation of Southern slavery at tourism sites is changing. The research will use plantations to understand ongoing debates about race relations, racism, and white supremacy within the

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UT professor shows how cities honor MLK through roads

WBIR-TV

Research by Derek Alderman, head of the department of geography, was featured by WBIR-TV. More than forty years after the assassination of the biggest leader of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., there are places named to honor his legacy around the country. Alderman studies this phenomenon and talked about what it says

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Professor Uses Plantations to Examine Race in America

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As the nation pauses to recognize civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. next Monday, a UT professor is reflecting on the country’s racial history in a different way—by examining plantations.

The Politics of Place-Naming

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Geography Department Head Derek Alderman published an article in Social Education which constructed a lesson for helping teachers and students explore the politics of naming streets for Martin Luther King Jr. National Geographic Society picked up the article and created an educational activity that is available online.

AP: Urban streets named for MLK still struggle

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, multiple news agencies including the Associated Press interviewed or featured Derek Alderman, geography department head, for his research that explores the cultural and political significance of MLK-named streets. “In some ways we racially profile these streets,” he said. “We need to move beyond those images and see what concrete

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Pregame Showcase Kicks Off Twenty-fourth Season with Wide-Ranging Topics

It’s football time in Tennessee—and that means it’s also time for the College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Showcase. Now in its twenty-fourth season, the Pregame Showcase gives fans the chance to hear from esteemed faculty prior to each gridiron matchup. This year’s first showcase will be held at 4:00 p.m. this Saturday. Derek Alderman, professor and head of the geography department, will discuss “What’s In a Name? The ‘Place Politics’ of Streets Named for Martin Luther King Jr.”

MSNBC: Streets bearing MLK’s name often in worst part of town

Derek Alderman, geography department head, was interviewed by MSNBC for a story which takes a look back at Martin Luther King’s legacy by analyzing the streets across the country that bear his name. Alderman has studied the names of these streets for fifteen years. His current work seeks to create a closer dialogue between the

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