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  • Arts and Sciences alumni honored at UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 event

    Ten alumni in the College of Arts and Sciences were honored as members of the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 class of 2019.

    Left to Right: Adam Aldrich, Brady McLaughlin, Julie McDonald, Kristen Greenwood, John Boone, David Brasfield, Carol Trull Pittman, Dustin Welborn, and Jennifer Smith (not pictured: John Burdett)On June 20, ten alumni in the College of Arts and Sciences were honored by the UAB National Alumni Society as members of the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 class of 2019. The dinner and awards ceremony took place at the UAB National Alumni Society House.

    The annual Excellence in Business Top 25 program is designed to identify, recognize, and celebrate the success of the top 25 UAB alumni-owned or UAB alumni-managed businesses. In addition to our ten honorees, two alumni won top honors in Fastest Growing Companies Under $10 Million: John Boone of Orchestra Partners, 2198% growth; and David Brasfield of NXTsoft, 317% growth.

    Congratulations to our deserving graduates!

    • Adam Aldrich, president and co-founder of Airship, graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences.
    • John Boone, principal of Orchestra Partners, graduated in 2010 with an M.A. in History.
    • David Brasfield, CEO of NXTsoft, graduated in 1984 with a B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences.
    • John Burdett, CEO of Fast Slow Motion, graduated in 2000 with a B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences.
    • Kristen Greenwood, executive director of GirlSpring, graduated with a B.A. and an M.A. in Art History in 1999 and 2006, respectively.
    • Julie McDonald, Ph.D., co-founder of McDonald Graham LLC, graduated with an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Psychology in 1993 and 1995, respectively.
    • Brady McLaughlin, CEO of Trio Safety CPR+AED, graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2009.
    • Carol Trull Pittman, founder and CEO of RedKnot Resource Group, graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2001.
    • Jennifer Smith, director of operations of Down In Front Productions LLC, graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2016.
    • Dustin Welborn, president of Down In Front Productions LLC, graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2013.

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  • Director of documentary on Kenyan AIDS orphanage speaks to UAB students

    Filmmaker Luke Grigg presented his documentary "Our Children - Twana Twitu” to UAB students in March. The film tells the story of brave women in a remote Kenyan village who stepped up to care for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

    Watch "Our Children - Twana Twitu" on YouTube

    Filmmaker Luke Grigg presented his documentary "Our Children - Twana Twitu" to UAB students in March. The film tells the story of brave women in the remote village of Mwingi in northeastern Kenya who stepped up to care for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. When no one else would care for the children due to fear and stigma, the women opened their hearts and held out their hands to take them in. Drawn together in common purpose, they devoted themselves to ending the neglect and misery that are the orphans’ lives, understanding that while poverty can be crippling, it doesn’t have to be. Grigg, along with With My Own 2 Hands Foundation in Laguna Beach, CA, put their story on film. 

    The filmmaker spent the day on campus and gave a class lecture to the Ethnography and Film class taught by Michele Forman. He was on hand for the screening and answered questions from students and community members across a wide range of issues. His talk focused as much on when not to take photos as when to take them. He detailed his philosophy of not taking the camera out of the bag on the first day in a place, and, instead, building a sense of friendship with community members. He also discussed his efforts to provide photos to community members who have never had their photographs taken by bringing a portable printer and taking family photos at no charge for those who want them.

    The documentary has been nominated for a Webby Award. The screening and lecture were hosted by the Department of Social Work in collaboration with the Institute for Human Rights, the Department of Anthropology, the UAB Office of Service Learning, and the Media Studies Program.

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  • Michele Forman profiled in Harvard alumni magazine

    Michele Forman, director of the UAB Media Studies program, was recently profiled in Harvard University's alumni magazine. Forman graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in 1993 and then received her M.A. from UAB in 2009.

    Michele Forman, director of the UAB Media Studies program, was recently profiled in Harvard University's alumni magazine. Forman graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in 1993 and then received her M.A. from UAB in 2009.

    Forman is well-known for a number of short films and documentaries, including Alabama Bound, which she produced in 2017. The documentary, which tells the story of lesbian families in Alabama, was an official selection at the prestigious Frameline 41 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival; Out on Film Atlanta LGBT Film Festival, and NewFest, New York's LGBT Film Festival, where it also received the Grand Jury Award.

    Forman is the immediate past-president of Birmingham's Sidewalk Film Festival, where she remains an advisory board member. She co-founded the Media Studies program in 2003.

    Read the profile in Harvard University's alumni magazine.

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  • History lecture takes a look at the ’60s with Frye Gaillard, Feb. 19

    Award-winning journalist brings keen storyteller’s eye to UAB students in this pivotal time in American life.

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  • More than 1,160 employees to be honored during annual service awards

    More than 300 employees with 20-plus years of service to UAB will be honored March 1.

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  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jack E. Davis speaks at UAB on Jan. 17

    UAB’s Department of History welcomes Pulitzer Prize winner to campus for an in-depth view of the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Alumni honored at the 2018 UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 event

    We are proud to announce that eight College of Arts and Sciences alumni were honored as members of the 2018 class of the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25.

    We are proud to announce that eight College of Arts and Sciences alumni were honored as members of the 2018 class of the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 on Friday, June 21, at the UAB National Alumni Society House.

    These deserving graduates were among 25 UAB alumni recognized for their success at a company they founded, owned, or managed. The UAB National Alumni Society, with the help of Birmingham-based accounting firm Warren Averett, has ranked and verified the nominated companies based on the annual growth rate for the three most recent reporting periods.

    Companies being considered for an Excellence in Business Award must meet the following criteria:

    1. The company must be owned, managed or founded by a UAB graduate (or group of graduates) who meets one of the following:
      • Owned 50 percent or more of the company during the most recent eligible period.
      • Served on the most senior/division leadership team (chairman, CEO, president, partner, vice president, broker, etc.) during the eligible period.
    2. The company has been in operation for a minimum of three years prior to December 31, 2017.
    3. The company has verifiable revenues of at least $150,000 for its most recent 12-month reporting period.

    Congratulations to our deserving graduates!

    ADAM ALDRICH

    Aldrich is the President and Co-Founder of Airship, a software development firm in Birmingham. Airship deploys a wide array of technologies to service clients in 11 states and across a range of industries, including healthcare, construction, retail, insurance, real estate, non-profit, and fitness. Aldrich graduated with a bachelor's in computer and information sciences in 2008.

    DR. CHARLES D. BISHOP

    Dr. Bishop is the owner of Metroplex Endodontics & Microsurgery in Dallas, Texas, where he is in practice with his wife. He graduated in 1991 with an M.S. in biology and in 1998 with a Ph.D. in biology, before receiving his D.M.D. from the Baylor College of Dentistry.


    JOHN BURDETT

    Burdett is the CEO of Fast Slow Motion, a Birmingham-based firm that provides support for companies and organizations using Salesforce, a cloud computing firm specializing in customer relationship management. Burdett graduated with a bachelor's in computer and information sciences in 2000.

    CINDY IRWIN

    Irwin is the Human Resources Director for Kelley & Mullis Wealth Management, based in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. The independent investment firm was founded more than 25 years ago; as HR director, Irwin directs human resources as well as support services and public relations/marketing. She graduated in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.


    DR. MARY DICKERSON LEE

    Franklin Primary Health Center, Inc. is a Mobile-based community health clinic founded in 1975 with a goal to provide quality healthcare to underserved communities. Dr. Lee is the Chief Dental Director at the clinic and graduated with a B.A. in natural science in 1989 and a D.M.D. from the UAB School of Dentistry in 1992.

    JOE MALUFF

    Maluff and his brother David bought the original Full Moon Bar-B-Que restaurant in 1997 and have been growing the business steadily ever since. Full Moon now has 14 locations across the state with ideas on expansion to other states in the future. Maluff graduated in 1996 with a B.S. in psychology.


    BLAKE PRIME AND LANCE RHODES

    Prime, who graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2006 with a B.S. in biology and in 2011 with an M.B.A. from the Collat School of Business, is the director of adult fitness at Godspeed Elite Sports Academy in Hoover. Rhodes, a 2008 graduate with a B.A. in history, is the owner of Godspeed and the director of athletic performance.

     



    In addition to our eight honorees, two alumni won top honors in Fastest Growing Companies with annual revenues under $10 Million: Adam Aldrich, CEO of Airship, 75 percent growth; and John Burdett, CEO of Fast Slow Motion, 71 percent growth.

    And in the Fastest Growing Companies with annual revenues over $10 million, the top winner was alumnus Joe Maluff of Full Moon Bar-B-Que with 35 percent growth over the previous year.

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  • Common threads: The value of interdisciplinary partnerships

    Our university enables faculty to make connections across various disciplines, schools, and centers, and being a part of the College of Arts and Sciences provides my colleagues and me with a broad platform to support this kind of effective interdisciplinary work.

    Our university enables faculty to make connections across various disciplines, schools, and centers, and being a part of the College of Arts and Sciences provides my colleagues and me with a broad platform to support this kind of effective interdisciplinary work. Even in the short time I've been at UAB, I have developed three interdisciplinary courses that have service learning goals and ongoing research endeavors.

    By working with willing faculty members from the Departments of History and Art and Art History, we developed a "Birmingham Neighborhood Studies" course that involves student examination of four specific Birmingham Neighborhoods from a historical perspective, a contemporary perspective, and an artistic perspective. In that course, students complete a project-based final portfolio. Their projects range from architectural histories of places to walking tours of women buried in Oak Hill cemetery.

    This year, in a joint effort between the Departments of Social Work and Criminal Justice, we have enhanced an existing "Community-Based Corrections" course—making it interdisciplinary and including both team-based learning and service learning elements. Students in the course participate in re-entry simulations in which they experience what it is like to be a person returning to the community after a period of incarceration. The U.S. Attorney’s office developed this curriculum and the Department of Social Work has taken a lead role in bringing the simulations to our campus. Last year, we received a Quality Enhancement Plan grant to continue the simulations and to conduct research around their effectiveness. Students also work with women incarcerated at Tutwiler Prison and Birmingham Work Release to produce holiday greeting videos for their families, as well as with Jefferson County Veterans Court to recruit veteran volunteers to support court efforts.

    Last year, I developed a study abroad course that examines women’s rights and health in Kenya. This year, the social work course will be team-taught with Dr. Tina Kempin-Reuter, director of the UAB Institute for Human Rights, and will involve international service learning in which students create health-based lesson plans and assemble reusable feminine hygiene supplies that they deliver in rural Kenya. Since last year’s successful trip with 12 students, we have written a grant to support the continuation of the women’s hygiene project and the addition of a micro-business sewing initiative. All of these efforts will be evaluated through community partners in Kenya.

    The common thread through all of these courses are that they all involve social work principles that advance human rights as well as social, economic, and environmental justice. And they are all led by female faculty and directors from across the College.

    As service learning is considered a high-impact learning tool, these courses are expected to strengthen student learning and engagement in multiple ways outside of the course content. And just as women are leading the efforts to craft these high-impact courses, women are benefitting from them as participants—as student and as community collaborators.

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  • Wiesen named new chair for Department of History

    Nationally acclaimed history professor Jonathan Wiesen will join UAB in January 2019.

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  • Wiesen is new chair for History

    Jonathan Wiesen, Ph.D., an authority on modern European history, including histories of racism and antisemitism, and the history of advertising and consumerism, joined UAB Jan. 1.

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  • Fashion designs by Holocaust victim live on in “Stitching History From the Holocaust,” Jan. 7-March 16

    The exhibition at AEIVA is presented by the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center with gallery talks, a fashion show and a play by community partners.

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  • Dr. Jonathan Wiesen named new chair of the Department of History

    Dr. Jonathan Wiesen comes to UAB from the Department of History at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale, where he has been department chair since 2016.

    Dr. Jonathan Wiesen comes to UAB from the Department of History at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale, where he has been department chair since 2016. He received his B.A. in history with highest distinction in 1990 from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Brown University in 1992 and 1998, respectively. He also studied history and philosophy at the University of Sussex in England.

    Dr. Wiesen joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University in 1998 as an assistant professor and was named associate professor in 2003 and full professor in 2012. Prior to his arrival at SIU, he was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of History at Colgate University. He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including a Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Fellowship, a German Academic Exchange Fellowship, and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship.

    Dr. Wiesen’s research interests include modern European history, modern German history, histories of racism and antisemitism, Nazi Germany in history and memory, and the history of advertising and consumerism. His current projects include articles and a future book on German views of American anti-black racism from 1918 to 1968, and a textbook on Nazi Germany.

    Dr. Wiesen is also widely published as a first author, co-author, and editor of numerous publications, including three books: Creating the Nazi Marketplace: Commerce and Consumption in the Third Reich (Cambridge, 2011), Selling Modernity: German Advertising in the Twentieth Century (Duke University Press, 2007) and West German Industry and the Challenge of the Nazi Past, 1945-1955 (The University of North Carolina Press, 2001), which was the winner of the Hagley Book Prize.

    His teaching has been awarded by SIU and by outside organizations. He received SIU’s Outstanding Teaching award in 2008 and recognition from the Center for Education Policy Research, which selected his World History course as one of the top examples of best practices in a national study of World History. He is active in service at SIU and with a number of professional organizations, including the American Historical Association, the German Studies Association, the Central European History Society, and the Working Group for the Critical History of Business and Industry in Germany.

    Dr. Wiesen will begin his position in the College of Arts and Sciences on January 1, 2019.

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  • A Legacy of Love

    Jeannie Feldman has established both an award and a scholarship in the Department of History to honor her late husband, Dr. Glenn A. Feldman.

    2017 recipients, Katharine Ambrester and Zoe Zaslawsky, with Jeannie Feldman.Jeannie Feldman has established both an award and a scholarship in the Department of History to honor her late husband, Dr. Glenn A. Feldman.

    To say Dr. Glenn Feldman was beloved would be an understatement. Students, colleagues, family members, friends—regardless of whom you ask, they all have something wonderful to say about him. After his death in October, 2015, Dr. Wayne Flynt, Auburn University Professor Emeritus, who mentored Feldman during his doctoral studies, said, “He was enormously generous and kind. He was always promoting younger people’s careers.”

    Feldman, a professor in the Department of History, was also a prolific author and a renowned scholar of contemporary Southern history, with 11 books to his name, including Politics, Society and the Klan in Alabama: 1915-1949, and Nation Within a Nation: The American South and the Federal Government. “Although Glenn was primarily an historian of the South and of American business, he was knowledgeable and curious of what his colleagues were teaching and researching in completely different areas,” says Dr. John Van Sant, chair of the Department of History. “For example, he often stopped me to ask about Japanese history, or about the latest news from Asia. And he always had a positive attitude, whether mentoring undergraduate and graduate students or discussing an agenda item during a faculty meeting. He always exuded positive energy.”

    Feldman’s widow Jeannie, along with their daughters Hallie and Rebecca, decided to honor his legacy of compassion, joy, and scholarship with two annual funds in the Department of History. The Dr. Glenn A. Feldman Memorial Student Writing Award will be used to recognize deserving undergraduate and graduate students. The Dr. Glenn A. Feldman Memorial Graduate Student Scholarship will be used to provide financial assistance to deserving graduate students.

    “Glenn Feldman could not be quiet,”Jeannie says. “He crusaded for those who didn’t know they deserved to be heard. He was humble about his many accomplishments but quite verbose about injustice and oppression. Glenn told me he knew he’d been given the gift of writing, but he said this gift was not to be used for his own gain; it was a true calling. He left an indelible mark on the world in his writing and scholarship. He just wanted to make a difference. The recipients of these awards have the opportunity to continue this legacy, to be a voice for others, and to make their own difference.”

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  • Jemison Lecture: Democracy in Chains

    Join us Wednesday, April 18, for a Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities lecture by Dr. Nancy MacLean. Her most recent book, about which she will speak, is Democracy in Chains.

    Join us Wednesday, April 18, for a Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities lecture by Dr. Nancy MacLean. MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and the immediate past president of the Labor and Working Class History Association. She is the author of several books, including Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan; Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace; The American Woman’s Movement, 1945-2000: A Brief History with Documents; and Debating the American Conservative Movement: 1945 to Present. Her most recent book, about which she will speak, is Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.

    Sponsored by the Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities and the Department of History, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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  • Colombia’s Long Search for Peace

    Veteran Colombia observer Michael J. LaRosa, Ph.D., explains how Colombians recently succeeded in brokering an unprecedented peace agreement between their government and its enemies.

    What can Americans learn from Colombians’ heroic efforts to end their nation’s long-running civil war/dirty war, a conflict that has haunted their society for over half a century? Come listen to veteran Colombia observer Michael J. LaRosa, Ph.D., explain how Colombians recently succeeded in brokering an unprecedented peace agreement between their government and its enemies, leaders of the notorious FARC guerillas. Bring your questions.

    When: Thursday, April 5, 6:00 p.m.

    Where: Alumni Theatre, Hill Student Center (2nd floor), UAB Campus

    Sponsors: Departments of History, Anthropology, and Political Science and Public Administration, and the CAS Institute for Human Rights.

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  • Lecture will explore West African masquerading traditions and hip-hop

    Author John Thabiti Willis will discuss masquerading traditions in the West African town of Otta.

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  • Dinner and a Movie: Kingdom of Heaven

    You are invited to hear Dr. Anthony Minnema of Samford University talk about representing the Crusades in the 21st Century, followed by a screening and discussion of "Kingdom of Heaven."

    You are invited to hear Dr. Anthony Minnema of Samford University talk about representing the Crusades in the 21st Century, followed by a screening and discussion of director Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven.

    When: March 27, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Where: Heritage Hall room 102.

    Roger Ebert called the movie "better than Gladiator -- deeper, more thoughtful, more about human motivation and less about action....The movie is above all about the personal codes of its heroes, both Christian and Muslim. They are men of honor. Gentlemen, we would say, if they were only a little gentle."

    Food will be provided. For more information contact Dr. Jill Clements (jclements@uab.edu) or Dr. Walter Ward (wdward@uab.edu).

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  • Celebrating the 2017 College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Awards

    These annual awards highlight the diverse talents, professional accomplishments, and community service of our alumni.

    The 2017 College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Awards recipients were honored Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at a reception at the UAB Alumni House. Honorees and guests were welcomed by Dean Palazzo, and the awards presentation was emceed by WVUA-TV managing editor, Mike Royer.

    These annual awards highlight the diverse talents, professional accomplishments, and community service of our alumni. Congratulations to the five deserving award winners!

    Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

    The College's highest honor, this award is reserved for prominent alumni with a history of excellence in their careers.

    Stephen G. Odaibo, M.D.

    B.S. in Mathematics, 2001; M.S. in Mathematics, 2002

    Dr. Stephen G. Odaibo is an ophthalmologist and retina specialist, as well as a mathematician, computer scientist, and physicist. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of RETINA-AI, a biotechnology company the specializes in developing artificial-intelligence software technology to improve physicians' ability to diagnose and treat retinal disease.

    Xiaqing Wu, Ph.D.

    M.S. in Computer Science, 2001; Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2003

    Dr. James Wu is the co-founder and CEO of DeepMap, a startup in Silicon Valley which develops high-definition maps for self-driving cars. After graduating from UAB, Dr. Wu worked as a TechLead software engineer for companies such as Apple and Google.

    Distinguished Young Alumni Award

    This award honors young alumni who have made significant professional accomplishments at an early stage in their careers.

    Andrew Brashier

    B.A. in History; B.A. in Political Science, 2007

    Andrew Brashier, principal at Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles P.C., has practiced law in the consumer fraud section since joining the firm in Sept. 2010. He has focused primarily on consumer class action lawsuits and whistle blowing, including representing consumers and financial institutions harmed by the Target, Home Depot, and Community Health Systems data breaches.

    Walter Eric Meyer, IV

    B.S. in Individually Designed Major, 2001

    Eric Meyer is a managing partner and head brewer at Cahaba Brewing Company, founded in 2011 with the goal of providing clean and consistent craft beers. Meyer is also a full-time paramedic and firefighter for the Mountain Brook Fire Department.

    Alumni Service Award

    This award honors alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the local, national, or global community.

    Gillian Goodrich

    M.A. in History, 1975

    Gillian Goodrich, along with her husband Mike, is the co-founder of the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation which serves and supports communities in the Birmingham metropolitan area, the Black Belt, and the State of Alabama since 2008. Goodrich later established the Woodlawn Foundation in 2012, whose mission is to serve as a catalyst and facilitator for the transformation and revitalization of the Woodlawn community in Birmingham.

    She currently serves on the Boards of the YWCA, Gateway, and the Alabama Heritage Foundation Board of Directors.


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  • Pamela Sterne King named president of the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation

    Pamela Sterne King, assistant professor in the UAB History Department, has been named president of the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation.

    Pamela Sterne King, assistant professor and director of the UAB History Department's undergraduate program, has been named president of the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation.

    The Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation focuses on Alabama's historic places. "The rich and diverse history of the great state of Alabama continues to be reflected through thousands of historic buildings and places in literally every corner of the state. These places have the unique ability to remind present and future generations in a tangible and meaningful way about the events that shaped our collective experience. They inspire us with the stories of those who built their communities, fought for their beliefs, and overcame all manner of personal challenge."

    Before coming to UAB King worked full-time as the first historic preservationist for the City of Birmingham, and and she has served in many capacities as a professional historic preservationist for 30 years. As a full-time faculty and Director of Undergraduate Programs for the History Department, she has remained active in the fields of historic preservation and public history. She created and teaches a historic preservation class at UAB.

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  • Author of "He Calls Me By Lightning" to speak at UAB

    Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Jonathan Bass will tell the story of an Alabama man wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

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