Liber Lends Ukraine Expertise to Local News

Professor George Liber's expertise in Soviet, post-Soviet, and East European history has been in demand by local news media ever since the crisis in Ukraine began in February 2014. Recently he gave his thoughts on the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over contested Ukrainian territory on July 17.

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Congratulations to our Faculty!

It is with great pleasure we celebrate the awards that our colleagues have won this semester: Raymond Mohl, Carolyn Conley, Glenn Feldman, and Andrew Demshuk.

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Demshuk Receives Award to Compare History, Memory

Andrew Demshuk, assistant professor of history, has received a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Award that will enable him to pursue a comparative history of post-1945 reconstruction and urban planning in three cities divided by Cold War borders — Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, Leipzig, East Germany, and Wrocław, western Poland.

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Preserving the Past

A decorative face carving in the Lyric. As Pamela Sterne King leads her students around the long-neglected Lyric Theatre, this monument to Birmingham’s boomtown heyday comes back to life.

The Lyric, built in 1914, is one of the few remaining venues nationwide with the acoustics and close audience seating designed for vaudeville shows. A nonprofit group now owns the theatre and is raising funds to restore it as a performing arts center.

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