UA In the News — Sept. 9-11

New University of Alabama diversity chief sets goals
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 10
Christine Taylor, the University of Alabama’s vice president and associate provost for diversity, equity and inclusion, is about a month into her new role as the Capstone’s first chief diversity officer. Taylor, who held a similar role previously at other campuses including Purdue University, joined the administration this fall after being hired in the summer.
Crimson White – Sept. 11

‘The Bachelor’: Was Race a Factor in Arie Luyendyk Jr Getting the Gig?
LMT Online (Laredo, Texas) – Sept. 10
“The Bachelor” had a surprise up its sleeve Thursday when the venerable ABC dating franchise announced that its Season 22 star will be Arie Luyendyk Jr. This was a definite curveball for viewers who expected that the show’s lead would likely be plucked from Rachel Lindsay’s recent stint on “The Bachelorette.” … “I think that’s a much more difficult concept,” Kristen Warner, University of Alabama associate professor of journalism and creative media, told TheWrap about picking a black male star. “I think a black Bachelorette, there’s something that feels like a much more accessible concept than a black Bachelor.”
Midland Daily News (Texas) – Sept. 10
Edwardsville Intelligencer (Texas) – Sept. 10
San Francisco Gate (California) – Sept. 10
The Wrap – Sept. 8

How far is too far in removing Confederate monuments?
Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) – Sept. 10
In the nation’s capital, Democrats want to sweep away the statues on Capitol Hill honoring Confederate soldiers and politicians. At the National Cathedral in Washington, officials plan to remove stained-glass windows portraying Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson … By contrast, Alfred Brophy, a professor of law at the University of Alabama, said he’s “against taking all this stuff down. We need a reminder of the bad old days. “I understand the impetus behind it because it is a daily reminder of slavery,” Brophy said. “It may be we will get to the point where the public’s sphere is completely sanitized in that you don’t have anything that offends anyone.”
Gears of Biz – Sept. 10

String quartet to perform at University of Alabama on Sunday
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 9
The Jasper String Quartet will perform music composed by Brahms, Dvorak and Shostakovich in a Sunday concert on the University of Alabama campus. Philadelphia’s Jasper String Quartet is the professional quartet in residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians and the 2017-18 guest artist in residence at Swarthmore College.

The poison that is the ‘Courageous Conversation’ reverse-racism program
The College Fix – Sept. 9
At the beginning of the 2003-2004 school year, my former school district invited Glenn Singleton to deliver a half-day seminar to all of the teachers in our district … The University of Alabama’s David Beito, a contributor to the libertarian-oriented Liberty and Power blog, wrote about Singleton’s “Courageous Conversation” program several times, describing a portion of “Conversations” as a Maoist-style scheme that “publicly humiliate[s] dissenters by having them wear signs around their necks expressing shame for their ‘incorrect thoughts.’”

UA Athletics collects donations for Hurricane Harvey victims
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Sept. 8
The University of Alabama Athletics Department are wrapping up their day of collecting donations for folks affected by Harvey. If you want, you can come by tomorrow before the game to drop off water, non-perishable food, baby items and more. They are set up outside of University Mall from 8 until 11.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Sept. 8

DAVID MURDOCK: On monsters
The Gadsden Times – Sept. 10
Many things go “bump” in the night, and we humans magnify those innocuous noises with stories from our fevered imaginations. There are real monsters of all kinds in the world — violence, war, hunger, disaster — but most of our most memorable fictional monsters grow from our primal fears. From the monsters under our childhood beds to zombie apocalypses, we do a pretty good job of scaring ourselves … In this term of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alabama in Gadsden, I’ll be discussing this transition. We’ll go over the great “horror” books of the 19th century and how the early movie industry translated these books into the classic movie monsters of the early- and mid-20th century.
Fall brings a full slate of arts offerings at W&M
Williamsburg and Yorktown Daily – Sept. 10
A mural project completed with visiting artist Steve Prince over the summer to kick off the yearlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of W&M’s first African-American residential students will be unveiled this week and on permanent display in Swem Library … The Cloud Lecture series will host Trudier Harris, American literary historian and professor of English at the University of Alabama, at 5 p.m. on Sept. 28, in the Tucker Theatre. She is the author, editor or coeditor of 23 books, most recently The Scary Mason-Dixon Line: African American Writers and the South, South of Tradition: Essays on African American Literature,and The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature.

Two with UA ties compete in Miss America Pageant
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Sept. 11
Two University of Alabama students made it in to the top seven at the Miss America Pageant tonight. Miss Alabama Jessica Procter and Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey competed in the annual Miss America Pageant, while their fans here at home cheered them on.

Student poets aim to build community with new organization
Crimson White – Sept. 11
When Jamarey Carter was a freshman at The University of Alabama, he saw a local poetry scene that was active and thriving. But after taking a break from college, he came back to find it hadn’t stayed that way. Knowing what the local poetry community could be, Carter and a few friends, including Jahman Hill, decided to found ASAP, the Alabama Student Association for Poetry.

University libraries to offer weekly yoga classes
Crimson White – Sept. 11
What: A stress-relieving yoga class; Who: Open to all students, hosted by University Libraries; When: Monday, Sept. 11, 12:15-12:45 p.m. This is a weekly event.

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