As institutions of higher education debate what to do about buildings and spaces honoring historical figures now considered to be white supremacists, two UT researchers are offering a guide they hope will help the conversation.
Renaming roads in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. is part of a watershed movement to rewrite and reclaim US history in a way that incorporates the contributions of people of color.
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.
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.
Derek Alderman, head of UT’s Department of Geography, has been elected to serve as president of the American Association of Geographers.
Professor and head of the Department of Geography Derek Alderman has conducted extensive research on schools named for Martin Luther King Jr. Recently, Alderman was interviewed by Education Week to discuss the naming of schools after the Obamas.