A Busy Week in REL: Grad School Workshop, Grad Tales, and the Manly Cup

It’s a busy week this week around Manly Hall. Here are three REL events you do not want to miss this week.

1. TONIGHT a 6pm in Manly 210: Graduate School Workshop

Are you thinking about going to graduate school after you graduate? Do you have questions? Where to apply? How to apply? What’s it like? How do you pay for it? These are good questions.  I will be hosting the event and I need your help as I organize the event. Tweet me your questions so I can come with answers (or with people who might have answers). Send your questions to @michaeljaltman and use the hashtag #RELGradQ!

And there will be pizza!


2. TOMORROW at 7pm in the Anderson Room of the Ferg: Grad Tales with filmmaker and REL alumnus Andrew Grace

 Born and raised in north Alabama, Andrew Grace is an independent documentary filmmaker whose films have aired on Public Television stations and at film festivals across the country. He was also a double major in REL and American studies. His film Eating Alabama won the James Beard Award for Best Documentary in 2014, and his recent work includes the interactive documentary “After the Storm,” which incorporated innovative graphic/web technology into the filmmaking process to tell a story about the tornado that devastated parts of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham in 2011. At the University of Alabama he teaches and oversees the interdisciplinary social justice documentary program called Documenting Justice.

3. THURSDAY at 6pm at Manly Hall: The Manly Cup


The Manly Cup is an annual contest between students and faculty with the winner getting to claim possession of the trophy for a year. This year the students and faculty will compete in badminton! We have secret footage from the faculty training sessions.

What a week!


Praxising What We Preach: Kickball and the Communitas of an Academic Department


Why do we teach our students social theory? Why teach them about collective effervescence, habitus, and discourse? I think we do it because we find these theories to be useful tools for analyzing and explaining the world around us. But often, I think, we academics are wont to apply these same theories to our more intimate surroundings. Theory is often a tool for explaining that stuff out there and rarely do we see it as a tool that we can put to use nearby. We don’t often praxis what we preach. Continue reading