UA In the News — Sept. 12

Alabama officials, companies on trade mission to Australia, New Zealand
Al.com – Sept. 11
A 17-member delegation from Alabama is in Australia and New Zealand this week for briefings with U.S. Commercial Service officials and networking opportunities with companies … The Alabama Department of Commerce said the delegation includes representatives from the University of Alabama, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce.

Heathen, Hindoo, Hindu
New Books Network – Sept. 12
Scholars regularly assert that at Chicago’s World’s Parliament of Religions in 1893 Swami Vivekananda initiated Hinduism in America. Many histories of Hinduism in America reproduce this type of synthesizing narrative … In Heathen, Hindoo, Hindu: American Representations of India, 1721-1893 (Oxford University Press, 2017), Michael J. Altman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, tackles literary and visual accounts of religion in India to understand the production of the category Hinduism in America.

Irma forces Confederate panel event to reschedule
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia) – Sept. 11
A panel discussion on Confederate monuments planned for tonight will be held later this month, due to Hurricane Irma – now Tropical Storm Irma. “Confederate Memorials: De-Mythologizing the Iconography of the South,” has been moved to at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown. Admission is free but registration is encouraged. See this web site for details … Speakers include Regina Bradley, Kennesaw State University; James A. Crank, University of Alabama; Maurice J. Hobson, Georgia State University; and Erich Nunn, Auburn University.

Supreme Court justice’s lecture canceled
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 11
The lecture by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled because of weather associated with Irma, which was a tropical storm as it moved across Georgia and Alabama on Monday. Sotomayor was scheduled to give the fall 2017 Albritton Lecture at the University of Alabama School of Law on Tuesday. Weather associated with Irma canceled her flight plans. It is unclear when or if Sotomayor’s appearance will be rescheduled, according to the university.

Miss America 2018: See how Alabama’s Jessica Procter, Briana Kinsey made top 7
Al.com – Sept. 11
Alabama people who watched the Miss America 2018 pageant likely had their fingers crossed for two contestants during the broadcast on Sept. 10. Jessica Procter of Tuscaloosa, a senior at the University of Alabama, represented the state as Miss Alabama 2017. Also, Briana Kinsey of Hoover, an Alabama grad who now lives in Washington, D.C., competed as Miss District of Columbia 2017.

Facing Danger, Americans Help Americans
Capital Research Center – Sept. 11
Hurricane Harvey left an unprecedented trail of devastation in its wake, rendering thousands in Houston, Texas without shelter or aid. But in the midst of historic tragedy the country rallied to help residents in their time of need as Americans of every stripe came together for the common good … In the spirit of giving back, four local radio stations owned by the broadcasting giant Clear Channel transformed their usual lineup of talk radio and music into what David Beito, a history professor at the University of Alabama, called “a relief clearinghouse.”

UA to host health fair for students
Crimson White – Sept. 11
WHO: The Department of Health Promotion and Wellness is sponsoring the event. WHAT: A gathering of over 30 health vendors for students to get information from. WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. WHERE: The Plaza of the Ferguson Student Center.

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