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RESEARCHERS TO PROVIDE ECONOMIC FORECAST FOR 2017 – Economists from UA will detail their expectations for the state’s economy and workforce during the 29th annual Alabama Economic Outlook Conference, Thursday, Jan. 12, in Montgomery. Representatives from UA, its Culverhouse College of Commerce and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta will discuss both state and federal economies beginning at 9 a.m. at the convention center of the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel & Spa. Conference check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $150 and includes lunch and a printed copy of the 2017 Alabama Economic Outlook. Media are invited to attend free of charge and will receive a copy of the report at the event. For more information, contact David Miller, UA media relations, at 205/348-0825 or david.c.miller@ua.edu, or Ahmad Ijaz, executive director of UA’s Center for Business and Economic Research, at 205/348-2955 or aijaz@cba.ua.edu.

REALIZING THE DREAMLegendary gospel artist Kirk Franklin will headline the 2017 Realizing the Dream Concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, at UA’s Moody Music Concert Hall. Before the concert, the Realizing the Dream Legacy Awards Banquet will take place Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bryant Conference Center Sellers Auditorium. The banquet’s keynote speaker will be John Quiñones, a veteran ABC news figure and host of the highly rated hidden camera ethical dilemma news program “What Would You Do?” This year’s theme, Realizing the Dream Through Acts of Courage and Compassion, will highlight the 28th annual Realizing the Dream event series, which celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For more information, contact Jamon Smith, UA media relations, at 205/348-4956 or jamon.smith@ua.edu.

WHAT’S AHEAD FOR 2017? EXPERTS MAKE THEIR BEST GUESSES – For the 36th consecutive year, UA’s Office of Media Relations offers predictions from faculty experts for the coming year. The Top 8 “Educated Guesses” for 2017 include:

    • Trump, Congress Won’t Mix
    • Supreme Court Nominee Could Seek to Weaken Press Freedom
    • Modified Medical Diets Push to the Forefront
    • All Shades Pink, Puffy Sleeves to be Fashion Standouts
    • For-Profit Education Could Rise
    • Twitter Practices to Continue into First Year of Trump Presidency
    • Obamacare to Undergo Only Subtle Changes
    • Trump’s Presidency to Impact Civil-Military Affairs

For assistance, contact Chris Bryant, chris.bryant@ua.edu, 205/348-8323 (print/online media) or Shane Dorrill, shane.dorrill@ua.edu, 205/384-8319 (broadcast media)

ART AND WAR — The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art presents an exhibition by Alabama native and UA alumnus Jim Neel. Titled “Echoes along the Syrian Border: Family Archeology and the Sound of Distant Gunfire: Works by James Emmette Neel,” the show will run from Thursday, Jan. 12, through Friday, Feb. 17. This solo exhibition comprises two bodies of Neel’s recent work which share an intense focus on the subject of warfare and its horrific effects on a country and its inhabitants, particularly children. In photography, prints and sculpture, Neel unleashes a visual landscape borne of his own physical proximity to war and its victims. Jim Neel received the Master of Fine Arts from UA’s department of art and art history in 1973. He has worked as a photojournalist, administrator, teacher, scholar and artist and is professor of art and director of the Durbin Gallery at Birmingham-Southern College. The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is in 103 Garland Hall. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with additional hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. For more details, phone  205/348-1891. For assistance, contact Jamon Smith, UA media relations, 205/348-4956 or jamon.smith@ua.edu.

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