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Summersell Center Director Quoted in Recent Articles

The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South Director, Dr. John Giggie, was quoted recently by both U.S. News and Realtor.com. Giggie added commentary to a story for U.S. News addressing a move by some leaders to include wayfinding aides to a proposed expansion of US Hwy 43 through Marengo and Greene […]

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Public History Roundtable to be Held April 7

Join us on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at 1:30 CDT, for a roundtable discussion on the field of Public History and jobs and experiences outside traditional academia. The event is free, but registration is required. Julia Brock received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. She practices, studies, and teaches public […]

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Undergraduate Jana Venable Wins 2021 Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

Elmore County, Alabama native and senior history major Jana Venable has been awarded the 2021 Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award. Venable received the award for her work, “Recovering Hidden Histories: Memorializing Lynching Victims in Elmore County, Alabama,” which she completed as part of Associate Professor and Director of the Summersell Center for the Study of […]

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Undergraduate History Major Jackson Foster Wins Ramsey Award

Jackson Foster, a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Junior majoring in History and Religious Studies, has won the 2021 John Fraser Ramsey Award. The Ramsey Award, named after former history professor John Fraser Ramsey, who taught in the Department of History for more than forty years. The award recognizes a “junior with the versatility […]

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Montgomery Wins UA’s Outstanding Teaching by a Doctoral Student Award

Last semester, doctoral candidate Margaret Montgomery was awarded the 2020 College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teaching by a Doctoral Student Award. This spring Montgomery’s name was forwarded to the university-wide competition, where recently she was named The The University of Alabama’s Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher of the Year. Montgomery is advised by Drs. Andrew […]

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From Revolt Against Chivalry to Sisters and Rebels: A Life in Southern and Women’s History

Dr. Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Julia Cherry Spruill Professor Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and winner of the 2020 Summersell Center for the Study of the South’s Deep South Book Prize, will give her acceptance address on Friday, March 5, at 3 PM CST via Zoom. Her address, entitled “From Revolt […]

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Dr. Helen Delpar’s Generosity Featured in Recent Story

Leaving a Legacy The most recent edition of Collegian featured a story about the generosity and long-term legacy of the late Dr. Helen Delpar, who passed away in 2018. “Those who knew long-time history professor Dr. Helen Delpar describe her as a character. Voted ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ by her high school classmates, she never […]

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History of Us Featured in Recent Edition of Collegian

A History of Us An article about Dr. Giggie’s “History of Us” class, the first Black History class taught in an Alabama public high school, was featured recently in the College of Arts & Sciences magazine, Collegian. “On a January morning, 18 Central High School students sat around a circle of tables in their first […]

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Beito’s T.R.M. Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer Named Best Biography

Congratulations to Dr. David Beito and Dr. Linda Royster Beito, who were recently awarded the prize for best biography at the 2020 American Book Fest! Their book, T.R.M. Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer, brilliantly examines the life and accomplishments of this civil rights leader, including his work in the civil rights movement and in […]

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Montgomery Wins College’s Outstanding Teaching by a Doctoral Student Award

Doctoral Candidate Margaret Montgomery has been awarded the 2020 College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teaching by a Doctoral Student Award. The award is bestowed by a college-wide committee charged with considering recommendations by students and faculty and it includes a monetary prize. Montgomery’s name will be forwarded to the university-wide competition. Montgomery is advised […]

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History, Art, and Social Science Professors Join Forces to Promote Discussion About Climate Change in Alabama

Dr. Teresa Cribelli is part of a team that has been awarded a  Joint Pilot for Arts Research Grant from the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative, along with Professor Allison Grant of the Department of Art and Art History and Dr. Joan Barth of UA’s Institute for Social Science Research. Their joint project “Dangerous Landscapes: Legacies […]

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SCSS Works with Partners to Elect Vivian Malone Jones to AWHoF

The Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame recently announced that Ms. Vivian Malone Jones will be inducted into the Hall’s upcoming 2021 class. Malone Jones was one of two students who integrated The University of Alabama on June 11, 1963. Two years later, she was the first African-American to earn a degree from UA. After graduation, […]

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SCSS Director Visits Civil Rights Landmark with Task Force

Dr. John Giggie and officials from the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Task Force visited with family members of Rev. T. W. Linton, who passed away last May, at Linton’s former barbershop. Linton was one of the organizers of the 1963 “Bloody Tuesday” march from First African Baptist Church to the newly-opened Tuscaloosa County Courthouse to protest […]

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Giggie & Stovall Partner with Local Churches to Create Civil Rights Guide to State’s AMEZ Churches

Dr. John Giggie and Ms. Liz Stovall, a Ph.D student focusing on Black migration in the antebellum US, have joined with Rev. Thaddeus Steele, Pastor of Hunter Chapel AMEZ Church in Tuscaloosa, to complete a civil rights guide of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Churches in Alabama. They will work with members from individual congregations to […]

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History of Us Curriculum Looks to Expand into Other Alabama Schools

  History of Us, the ground-breaking, student-centered Black History course developed by the Frances J. Summersell Center of the Study of the South, in conjunction with Tuscaloosa’s Central High School, is being taught again this year. The success of the program has attracted attention from across the state, where other school systems are seeking to […]

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