Power Always Changes

This post is part of a series that originated out of a photo essay assignment in Dr.Simmons’s Interim “Religion and Pop Culture” course that asked students to apply discussion themes to everyday objects or experiences.

As I was sitting at work the other day at Bryant Denny Stadium, the doorbell buzzed turning on the camera to let me know someone was outside. Using the speaker, they explained to me why they were there. This is part of my job. People ring the doorbell, explain to me why they are there, and I decide if they get access to the building. A few weeks ago, the doorbell rang and as I was about to hit the unlock button, I realized that I recognized the person outside. One of my past professors was standing outside waiting for me to respond. This professor was…not my favorite, to put it diplomatically. For a few seconds, I sat there debating on if I should let him in. Here I was sitting at my desk, a student, but I had the power in this setting. This power was situational but absolute. Outside of that building, I have no power in comparison to the professor. In class, I had no power, but he did. At the moment before I open the door, however, I get to make the decision of who can enter and who cannot. I, a student worker, control the access for one of the most important buildings in Tuscaloosa. People come from all over the world to this building, but I get to make the decision if they get to come inside. This one instance made me think about the peculiarity of power. Who grants it, who has it, and who does not are all constantly changing. Whether or not we realize it, we can observe these shifts in our lives every day if we pay attention. Continue reading

3 Things You Should Do During #RELWeek

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The College of Arts and Sciences is all about REL this week. That’s right, it’s #RELWeek. What does that mean? It means that A&S will be featuring REL on its social media accounts all week as part of its All About A&S campaign. So, here are three things you can do to celebrate #RELWeek

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1. Follow us on Instagram.

Just think about it. #RELWeek #AllAboutAS

A photo posted by UA Dept. of Religious Studies (@studyreligion) on Oct 6, 2015 at 7:20am PDT

2. Tweet about why you love your REL class or what’s great about being an REL major with the hashtag #RELWeek. //

 

3. Follow the College of Arts and Sciences on Instagram and Facebook so you can win free stuff!

We could also add that you should find us on Facebook and Twitter but you already knew that, right?

Happy #RELweek!

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ar·ti·facts with Prof. Altman

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The next episode in our ar·ti·facts series has been uploaded! This installment features Prof. Altman and his “filtered” photograph of the Quad. Is it Instagram or is it just old?

ar·ti·facts: The Filtered Past with Prof. Mike Altman from UA Religious Studies.