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  • January 22nd, 2018



SCHOLAR RECEIVES BOOK PRIZE – A book by Dr. Lucy Curzon, UA associate professor of art, has received the Historians of British Artist Book Award for Exemplary Scholarship on the Period after 1800. The book is “Mass-Observation and Visual Culture: Depicting Everyday Lives in Britain.” Curzon’s research focuses on issues of identity politics as they concern the production of visual culture in 20th-century Britain. She has previously published work on LGBTQ+ portraiture as well as articles or chapters on the Ashington Group and Humphrey Spender’s photographs of Blackpool in the 1930s. To read more about Curzon and her book, go here. For more information, contact Curzon at 205-348-6458 or For assistance, contact Richard LeComte in UA communications, 205-348-3782 or


RURAL STUDENTS PROVIDED HEALTHCARE PROFESSION OPPORTUNITIES – UA’s College of Community Health Sciences will announce a partnership with Alabama Area Health Education Centers to extend opportunities to high school students in rural areas of Alabama as they pursue health care professions following graduation and before they begin higher education and training. A media availability and partnership announcement will be held Jan. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in classrooms 1-3 on the lower level of the UA School of Medicine at 850 Peter Bryce Boulevard in Tuscaloosa. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at 205-348-8325 or

CROSSINGPOINTS GRADUATE TO CELEBRATE PURCHASE OF HOME – Cody Pope, a 2008 graduate of UA’s CrossingPoints transition program, is celebrating the purchase of his first home during a housewarming party Tuesday, Jan. 23. The party begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. Pope has worked at the UA Student Health Center since 2008. He participated in UA’s Summer Bridge Program in 2016 and 2017 to test and further his independent living skills. “In this field, it is rare that we have a chance to celebrate the achievement of our students’ post school outcomes in quite this way, so we are thrilled and honored to be a part of Cody’s adult transition to home ownership,” said Dr. Amy Williamson, CrossingPoints program coordinator. The Summer Bridge program is a postsecondary program for college-age students with intellectual disabilities. For more information, contact David Miller, UA Strategic Communications, 205-348-0825 or

GIVE A LIFT — UA’s Culverhouse Learning Initiative and Financial Training program is seeking student volunteers and community participants for its spring series of job and professional skill development programs. Culverhouse LIFT provides community members with free one-on-one job skill and financial literacy training with one of the more than 350 Culverhouse student volunteers. Included in those trainings are GED classes, professional development classes and beginner and intermediate Microsoft Excel and Word classes. To get involved, contact Lisa McKinney at The program also seeks speakers who can share business insights. For information on program support, contact Dr. Rich Houston at For additional assistance, contact Zach Thomas, director of marketing, communication for Culverhouse, at 205-348-8318 or


GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN — Disagreements between Senate Democrats and Republicans on government spending and immigration have caused the federal government to enter day three of being shut down. But what does this mean for U.S. citizens? How does this impact the people? How common are federal government shut downs? For more information, contact Dr. Joseph Smith, chair of UA’s political science department, at or 205-348-5981. Or, contact Dr. Richard Fording, UA professor of political science, at or 205-348-5528. For assistance, contact Jamon Smith, 205-348-4956 or


FLAPPER NATION – Dr. Gregory Clark, professor of art history at The University of the South, will present a multimedia presentation titled “Max and Dave Fleischer’s Betty Boop: A ’20s Flapper Marooned in the Depression-Era ’30s” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in 205 Smith Hall on the UA campus. Clark is a scholar of early American animation, and he is a dynamic lecturer on this topic. Clark’s lecture is part of the Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series. For more details, contact Rachel Dobson, communications specialist, department of art and art history, 205/348-1893 or For assistance, contact Richard LeComte in UA communications, 205-348-3782 or


BOOK DRIVE — UA’s Center for Economic Development will offer the 2018 Books for the Alabama Black Belt campaign from Friday, Feb. 2, to Friday, Feb. 23. New or gently used classic and award-winning books found on school reading lists for K-12 children are accepted. A list of appropriate books is here: Donation boxes will be in Bidgood Hall, Gorgas Library, Nott Hall and Smith Hall. Books can also be dropped off at the center’s office at 621 Greensboro Ave. The 2017 campaign delivered more than 16,000 books to 53 school libraries within the Alabama Black Belt region. For more information, contact Sally Brown at 205-348-8344 or For assistance, contact Richard LeComte, 205-348-3782 or

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