Megan Kate Nelson on Destruction and the Civil War

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Please join the Summersell Center on Wednesday, April 9, as we close out the academic year with our annual event commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. At 6 pm in Gorgas 205, Megan Kate Nelson, visiting assistant professor of history at Brown University and author of “Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War,” will deliver a lecture entitled “Home Sweet Home: Felling Trees and Building Camps during the American Civil War.”

Scot French on “Southern History as Spatial History”

Scot French poster_March2014_tnPlease join the Summersell Center and the University Libraries as we welcome Scot French, Associate Professor of Digital and Public History at the University of Central Florida and Digital Editor of the Florida Historical Quarterly, who will be delivering a talk entitled “Southern History as Spatial History: Visualizing the Local-Regional-Global Dimensions of Community Life and Place-Making.”

The spatial turn in digital humanities has transformed the field of the southern history over the past two decades by encouraging large-scale/center-based projects and, more recently, small-scale/D.I.Y. projects that highlight the movement of people/culture/ideas across time and space. How might southern historians take full advantage of vast new digital archives and desktop visualization tools to explore the local-regional-global dimensions of community life and place-making? Professor French will present several case studies drawn from his work as a digital public historian at the University of Virginia (1994-2010) and the University of Central Florida (2010-present) to illuminate larger developments in the field and suggest new directions for collaborative teaching and research.

This talk is free and open to the public, and will take place at 4 pm on Thursday, March 6, in room 205 of Gorgas Library on the University of Alabama campus.

Artist and Novelist Margaret Wrinkle to Speak at Dinah Washington Gallery

WASH_Digital Showcard-1_tnOn November 5, the Summersell Center undertakes its first venture into the art world as it welcomes artist and novelist Margaret Wrinkle to the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center at 620 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. Ms. Wrinkle will be speaking about her novel of slavery, Wash, and formally opening an exhibit of her photographs that are integrated into the book. This event is free and open to the public. The talk will begin at 5:30 pm and will be followed by a small reception. The photography exhibition will open on November 4 and remain on display through November 15. Cosponsored by the Departments of American Studies, Art and Art History, English, and Gender and Race Studies.

Sports Historian Randy Roberts on Alabama Football and History

Roberts poster_tnPlease join the Summersell Center on Thursday, November 7, at 6 pm in Gorgas Library Room 205, where Randy Roberts, Distinguished Professor History at Purdue University, will provide “Five Reasons Why Alabama Football Matters to History.” A historian of twentieth-century America best known for his work in the field of sports history, Professor Roberts is the author of, among other works, “Joe Louis: Hard Times Man,” “Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler,” and “The Rock, the Curse, and the Hub: A Random History of Boston Sports.” Professor Roberts’ latest book is “Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and Dixie’s Last Quarter.” This event is free, open to the public, and a great way to start the weekend when the Tide crushes LSU’s dreams.

David Roediger on race and emancipation

Roediger Poster_tnOn September 30, 2013, the Summersell Center will welcome David Roediger, Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois. Professor Roediger is one of the finest scholars of race in the United States, and will be delivering a lecture entitled “Emancipation from Below: The Jubilee of US Slaves and Freedom for All.” The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place at 5:30 pm in Gorgas Library room 205 on the University of Alabama campus. Cosponsored by the Departments of American Studies and Gender and Race Studies.

Seth Kotch on Southern Oral Histories

Kotch Poster_tnOn September 26, 2013, the Summersell Center is pleased to welcome Seth Kotch, Director of Digital Projects at the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He will be speaking on “Southern Voices, Digital Spaces: Oral History at the Southern Oral History Program” at 4 pm in the AIME Building room 110 on the University of Alabama campus. This event is free and open to the public, and is cosponsored by University Libraries and the Department of American Studies.

Lincoln Prize Winner James Oakes, on the Emancipation Proclamation

Oakes Poster_tnJoin the Summersell Center on Thursday, April 11, 2013, when James Oakes will be offering a talk entitled “The Emancipation Proclamation: Myths and Realities,” in commemoration of the proclamation’s 150th anniversary. Professor Oakes is Distinguished Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York, and is a two-time winner of the Lincoln Prize, including for his most recent book, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865. His talk will take place in Smith Hall 205 on the University of Alabama campus at 5:30, and will be followed by a small reception and a book signing.

“Where We Stand: A One-Day Conference”

Where We Stand Poster_tnPlease join the Summersell Center on April 5, 2013, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” with a one-day conference. Gathering scholars doing some of the best new work on the history of the civil rights movement and the racial integration and culminating with a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diane McWhorter on the site of the Stand itself, this promises to be among the most exciting events the Summersell Center has sponsored yet. This event is free and open to the public. Panels will be held at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm in the AIME Building Room 110 on the University of Alabama campus. The keynote address, at which Ms. McWhorter will be introduced by Peggy Wallace Kennedy, will take place at 5:15 on the Malone-Hood Plaza at Foster Auditorium.

Lila Weaver on “South Americans in the American South”

Weaver Poster_tn Please join the Summersell Center on March 14 at 5 pm in Room 110 of the AIME Building on the University of Alabama campus, where Lila Quintero Weaver will present “South Americans in the American South: A Memoir.” Ms. Weaver is the author of Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White, a graphic novel about growing up the child of immigrants from South America in the segregated/civil rights era American South. Darkroom is a truly stunning piece of work, and hearing the author speak ought not to be missed. Books will be available for purchase at a small reception to follow the talk.

Natalie Ring on the “Problem South”

On February 25, 2013, Natalie Ring, Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas-Dallas and author of The Problem South: Region, Empire, and the New Liberal State, 1880-1930, will be speaking on “The U.S. South as a National and Global Problem.” The talk will begin at 5:30 pm in the Summersell Room on the second floor of ten Hoor Hall on the University of Alabama campus, and will be followed by a small dinner reception. This event is free and open to the public, but the Summersell Center requests an RSVP by February 20 to jrothman@bama.ua.edu.