John Giggie

2021 Summersell Deep South Book Prize Nominations

The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South and the Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History at The University of Alabama are pleased to announce that they are receiving nominations for the 2021 Summersell Deep South Book Prize for the best book on the history of the American South. The author […]

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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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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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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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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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Dr. John Giggie to Join Others on Panel Discussion: What Would John Lewis Do?

On Monday, October 26 at 6 PM, Dr. John Giggie will join faculty from American Studies, Journalism, and Political Science to discuss the evolution of voting in America; how the electoral college works; and the role of media in covering elections. The panel will take questions from the audience, via Zoom. The event is free, […]

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Dr. John Giggie to Address National Conference on Citizenship

Dr. John Giggie will address the National Conference on Citizenship‘s Learn, Ask, & Share Circle this Wednesday, October 14, at 1 pm CDT. Giggie will discuss his work designing and teaching History of Us, the first Black History course taught in an Alabama public school.  Joining him will be Ms. Margaret Lawson, education/history graduate student […]

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Dr. John Giggie Featured in Podcast about Race and Justice

Over the past several weeks, Dr. John Giggie has been quoted or featured in a number of news story run by Alabama Public Radio, National Public Radio, USA Today, and  CNN. Most recently he was featured in a podcast titled “Broken Justice,” about lynching and the roots of mass incarceration. […]

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Dr. John Giggie to Participate in David Mathews Center’s Civic Institute, August 21

The Mathews Center will host its annual Civic Institute on August 21st, 2020. The event will be held entirely online. The theme of this year’s event is Common Bonds: Collective Purpose and Civic Resilience in Uncertain Times. Dr. David Mathews, President and C.E.O. of the Kettering Foundation, will deliver a (pre-recorded) keynote address drawing on his experiences at […]

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Why the Debate Over Building Names Matters

Associate Professors Dr. John Giggie and Dr. James Mixson co-authored an opinion piece for al.com that explores the significance of building names, the legacies those names carry, and what they say about our often flawed understanding of the past. “When W.E.B. Dubois, the great Black intellectual and co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement […]

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Sisters and Rebels Named Winner of the 2020 Summersell Prize

The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South and the Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History at The University of Alabama are proud to announce the winner of the 2020 Summersell Prize for the best book on the history of the American South: Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul […]

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UA Faculty and Students Present at University of Montevallo’s Civic Institute

Last week our faculty and students participated in the annual David Mathews Center for Civic Life‘s  Civic Institute in Montevallo. The panel, organized by Dr. John Giggie and titled “Geographical Imaginations: The Role of Recuperative Storytelling in Southern History and Memory,” explored the transformative potential in little-known, marginalized, and difficult pasts. Panel participants included two UA History majors: […]

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Doctoral Candidate Wins Graduate Council Writing Fellowship

Doctoral Candidate Melissa Young has won a special Graduate Council Writing Fellowship for the summer and fall terms. Funded by UA’s Graduate School, the competitive award is designed to allow top doctoral students to devote themselves full-time to completing their dissertations and includes release time, a summer stipend, and an enhanced fall stipend (along with […]

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Summersell Center Receives Grant to Develop Queer History Website

Dr. John Giggie and the Summersell Center were recently chosen to receive a 2019 Teaching Grant from The University of Alabama College of Arts & Sciences to develop Queer Alabama, the digital humanities website that came out of the course “Invisible Histories,” that was taught this spring. It will fund the work of student Isabella […]

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