The rain, wind and lightning were coming down very hard, but sixteen students, our graduate teaching assistant Liam Adkison, and I joined Steve Davis, historian for UA’s Bryce Hospital, for a wonderful tour. What a walk through time for my “American Civilization Since 1865” class! I learned the 22nd patient was an African American man.… Continue reading awesome visit to Bryce Hospital
Congrats to these students in my “American Civilization Since 1865” course for taking advantage of an extra credit opportunity to visit Gorgas House and see an exhibit highlighting the contributions of women on our campus, among them postbellum librarian and postmistress Amelia Gayle who “was the glue that held this school together” following the stroke… Continue reading women of the Tide comment on women of the Tide
The semester has started wonderfully! Students enrolled in my “Antebellum America” class visited the University of Alabama’s Gorgas House. Here, former UA President and Librarian Josiah Gorgas, and his wife, Amelia Gayle Gorgas, successor to the Librarian position following his 1883 death, lived (their children included William Gorgas, best known for battling yellow fever during… Continue reading visit to Gorgas House went well
I am having a blast getting students enrolled this semester in my “Antebellum America” class ready for their cumulative mapmaking project. They must “tell a story” using a map. In other words, they will focus on a theme and see how it can be mapped using existing things and structures no longer with us. To… Continue reading just mapping
One of the best sounds I have ever heard as a professor: the sound of coughing and pages turning and pencils and pens moving during an exam. I heard all of that this morning during the Final Exam in my “American Civilization to 1865” course. And just like that, save the grades that still need… Continue reading tick tock..and it was over
And there it was. I was wandering through aisles of books with words like “semiconductor” in search of a geography title mentioned in Stephanie Camp’s study on spatial politics in the plantation South. Through the window of the University of Alabama’s Rogers Library, where our engineering and science holdings are held, I saw the… Continue reading musings
A sixth championship for Nick Saban. I’ve been at Alabama for six years, five on the tenure track. You’re spoiling me, Coach! Congrats! Way to go, Tua, our back up quarterback, and all best to Jalen, our first quarterback, for being so gracious and supportive. And still thinking about Da’ron Payne at the Sugar Bowl.… Continue reading we did it – Roll Tide!