Global Makers: Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts

Global Makers: Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts is intended to encourage and support sustained, interdisciplinary consideration of the role Early Modern women played in the hands-on production of visual and material culture in the courts of Europe and Asia (c. 1400-1750). Even as significant advancements have been made regarding the study of women as patrons, subjects, and producers of works of art in the Early Modern period during the last four decades, little attention has focused on the role of women as producers of material culture in the courts. And while this is the case in Europe, even less information is available regarding women makers in Asia. Further, what information does exist is scattered in difficult-to-access archives or published in disparate journals. The Global Makers project aims to change this.

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Civil War & Reconstruction Governors of Alabama

The Civil War and Reconstruction Era was a period of great change and strife for the state of Alabama and the nation.  Documents included in the office of the governor reflect this tumultuous time bringing together voices of the powerful and the powerless.   

Modeled after the successful Civil War Kentucky Governors Digital Documentation Edition and the recently launched Civil War Governors of Mississippi , the CWRAG will similarly create a scholarly digital edition of  these papers,  making them easily accessible, but more importantly, providing historical context and insight to scholars, students, teachers and the public at large.    

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Comic Relief

The Italian Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics at The University of Alabama presents an online seminar series investigating the comic and its uses in moments or situations of trouble. The five talks in our series will variously look at how instances of tribulation, crisis, or upheaval can be examined and made sense of through a comic lens, often leading to a cathartic experience. 

Featuring distinguished speakers from Italy and the United States, Comic Relief is an event designed for UA students and faculty, as well as for the broader public in academia and beyond. 

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Journal of a Pandemic Year

This is a digital museum to accompany Drs. Margaret Peacock and Erik L. Peterson’s forthcoming book Journal of a Pandemic Year: Death Violence, and the Illusion of American Exceptionalism (Boston MA: Beacon Press) 2022. 

This project allows visitors to choose a date to browse news stories, images, and daily entries written by Peacock and Peterson. Visitors can also submit their own stories to the website.

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Aphra Behn: The Podcast

Author, spy, political propagandist, Aphra Behn (1640–1689) was one of the first English women to earn a living by her pen. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the English Civil Wars, expanding transatlantic slave trade, and settler colonialism in the Americas, Behn’s work engages with frankness and complexity a range of topics, from gender identity to political power. This podcast celebrates the 350th anniversary of the first public performance of a work by Behn, surveying major trends across translations of romances and scientific texts, timely plays, erotic poetry, and an anti-slavery novella. Researched, written, and produced by University of Alabama undergraduates during the coronavirus global pandemic in the spring of 2021, this limited series provides the public with a primer to one of the most influential writers in English you’ve never heard of.

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Campus Historical Markers

Many people, places, and events which left an impression on the University of Alabama and surrounding community have been commemorated in historical markers and plaques around the campus. This is a collection of those public accounts of our history, in both image and text. Sections include Antebellum Campus, Confederate Commemoration, University Integration, Building Names, Fraternities & Sororities, and Other Historical.

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William Bradford Huie at 100

The William Bradford Huie@100 project, inspired by the recent gift of Huie materials to the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library at The University of Alabama from his widow Martha Huie, is a celebration of Huie’s life and work.   WBH@100 is a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary look at the history and culture of much of the 20th century through the eyes of one brilliant writer. William Bradford Huie graduated from The University of Alabama in 1930, and from his days as a student, through his long and varied career as an author and journalist, he was able to find a great story and bring forth the truth. This website will serve as a permanent gathering place for ideas, scholarship, and information on Huie and his legacy.

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Tuscaloosa Environmental Digital

Tuscaloosa Environmental Digital (TED) is the first phase of a long-term project which aims to culminate in the creation of a digital hub for environmental history. TED showcases projects created by students under the direction of Bartow Elmore, investigating the environmental history of Tuscaloosa, focusing on the central industries that have operated in this university town over the past fifty years. Students have researched specific businesses and their environmental impacts and initiatives, adding their findings to an interactive map on the TED website. TED is an iterative project, and students in Fall 2015 will continue its work by researching other local businesses, with the eventual aim of taking this project state- and eventually region-wide.

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