Research

Public Relations Diversity Hinges on Leadership

A recent literature review by Dr. Nilanjana Bardhan, a board member of the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations at The University of Alabama, showcases diversity and inclusion trends in the PR industry throughout the 1990s and 2000s. While some progress has been made in terms of recruitment of minorities and advancement of women to more senior executive positions, very little has changed since the 1990s.

“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 (AL.com)

New UA Class Reveals History of Local Lynchings; Marker for Victims to be Erected

As part of a new history class called “Southern Memory: Lynching in the South,” which was started at The University of Alabama this fall by Dr. John Giggie, 15 students have spent the semester learning about the history and rationale of lynching, as well as tracking down the history of the documented lynchings that took place in Tuscaloosa County.

“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 (AL.com)