UT geographer Derek Alderman contributed an article to CityLab about Confederate memorials and the unjust geography of memory.
The Chronicle of Higher Education featured a story in which a researcher doggedly maps forgotten corners of slave history, including Detroit’s role in the Underground Railroad and its past in which many Detroiters held many people in bondage between the mid-1700s and early 1800s. The story highlights the scholarship of Derek Alderman, UT professor of
Derek Alderman, professor of geography, spoke with WBIR-TV Channel 10 about how fans of Elvis Presley have intensified his memory four decades after his passing. Alderman noted that pilgrims to Graceland, through leaving personal graffiti on the grounds, help us better understand the Elvis fandom. Alderman researches public memory, popular culture, and heritage tourism in the
Derek Alderman, a UT geography professor who studies southern memory and commemorative culture, was featured in a discussion on National Public Radio’s show A1 about Confederate monuments. (August 16 edition) The debate over Confederate monuments and memorials often boils down to history versus hate and it’s heating up again. A group of activists in Durham,
With the advent of Elvis Week August 11, one UT expert examines how the intense devotion of Elvis fans has kept his memory alive and extended his influence four decades after his death.
During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, activist groups used geography and geospatial intelligence—collecting geographic information and understanding its potential to effect change—to identify protest sites and plan protests. Derek Alderman, a UT professor of geography, has received a three-year $373,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore those geospatial tactics and determine
Derek Alderman, a professor in the Department of Geography, recently co-authored an article published by the Conversation with Josh Inwood, a former UT professor who is now a faculty member at Pennsylvania State University. The article expanded on a recent decision to remove several Confederate monuments in the city of New Orleans.
Matthew T. Kerr, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography, is one of only 10 recipients nationwide to be awarded the 2017 Dissertation Fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
The “Hyrdolunteers” were formed in 2015 as a way for students from varying backgrounds to come together to better understand, protect, and preserve water resources in East Tennessee.
In a recent feature of OZY’s special series, High School, Disrupted, the discussion surrounds the topic of building monuments in honor of high school teachers. The publication interviewed UT’s Alderman about the stories statues and monuments communicate.
Kurt Butefish, coordinator of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance in the UT Department of Geography, wrote an editorial for the Tennessean highlighting the need for Tennessee’s K-12 schools to do a better job of teaching geography.
A group of students from UT and a trio of Knoxville high schools will get an out of this world opportunity Wednesday to chat with an astronaut on the International Space Station.