College of Arts and Sciences

“My dance this year was created with the dancers as we explored improvisational prompts to move different body parts and to find unique ways to link with, connect to and support other dancers. . . . Another idea that arose was celebrating our unique and individual personalities and movement styles, but also being able to find common ground and ways we can work together and support one another.” 

Sarah J. Barry, associate professor of dance, discussing Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre (Crimson White)

“There are fewer Catholics, and Catholics have been outnumbered by Protestants over time. But with those Catholic families, those traditions tend to endure whether one is a practicing Catholic or not. . . . If you look at places with strong Catholic cultural heritage, even if folks aren’t going to Mass every week, things like Mardi Gras and the cultural traditions endure longer. It spreads and now Mardi Gras is picked up outside traditionally Catholic areas, and it’s fun and useful for a city because of the economic impact.”

Dr. Michael J. Altman, assistant professor of religious studies (

“We should definitely be planning for sea level rise in coastal communities, especially those on the Gulf Coast. . . . As a paleoclimatologist, I see sea level rise as the greatest threat to our society.”

Dr. Rebecca Minzoni, assistant professor of geological sciences (

“Talking about the history of the enslaved community is one thing, but re-creating that space and trying to give it material substance takes it really to another level.”

Dr. Joshua Rothman, chair of the UA history department, discussing restoration of slave quarters at Monticello (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

“They (certain birds) don’t participate in this behavior during the breeding season because their energy is geared towards producing and raising young birds. It probably happens in the winter because there is power in numbers in terms of avoiding predators. The crazy swirling effort by thousands at dusk is likely a way to confuse any nearby predators such as hawks and owls.”

Dr. Michael K. Steinberg, associate professor in New College, discussing flocks of swirling birds at dusk (