Cultural Programs

Center for the Study of the Black Belt:

The Center for the Study of the Black Belt sponsors programs that focus on the history, culture, and literature of the Black Belt region.

Alabama Black Belt Heritage Area:

The Black Belt Heritage Area’s mission is to partner with local communities, state agencies, and non-profit organizations to shape a sustainable future for the Black Belt region through the preservation, interpretation, and marketing of unique cultural, historical, and natural assets, and to create a better quality of life for its residents through education and development of community capacity and pride.  The Black Belt Heritage Area is composed of 19 counties in Alabama’s Black Belt region and is represented by a task force of 60 members, consisting of local citizens and leaders (representing these 19 counties).

Source: Informational material from the Center for the Study of the Black Belt

Black Belt Conservation Institute:

This institute fosters the protection, promotion, and restoration of the Black Belt’s unique environment.  They partner with private and state agencies such as The Nature Conservancy, the Alabama Forestry Commission, Alabama Treasure Forests, County Soil and Water Conservation Districts and area Farmer’s Federations to provide timely information on issues that affect private citizens and landowners in the region.  Also, the institute focuses on promoting the natural environments of the Black Belt region of Alabama.  Although this region supports a natural mix of forests, rivers, lakes, and swamps, it is distinguished by the remnant tall-grass prairies found here.  In addition, the BBCRI sponsors an annual conference highlighting different environments of the Black Belt Region, and offers certification courses to promote landowner stewardship and best management practices on private property.

Source: Informational material from the Center for the Study of the Black Belt

College of Liberal Arts Theatre Program:

The UWA Division of Fine Arts presents several theatre productions each year for students, faculty/staff, and the local community.  This fall’s production is titled “Middleton” by Will Eno and is directed by Arthur Grothe, Division of Fine Arts Chair and Assistant Professor.  These productions count as course credit toward the student actors’ theatre minor.

Source: University of West Alabama Website

Fulbright Scholar Program:

Committees were designated in each college to review the Directory of Fulbright Visiting Scholars to identify a scholar or scholars whose research and lecture topics would be of interest not only to faculty and students in their college, but also to community groups and the general public.  Any of 800 Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are in the United States for an academic year may accept guest lecturing invitations at colleges and universities throughout the United States. In fact, Fulbright Visiting Scholars are strongly encouraged by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) to maximize the impact of their exchange experience by giving lectures to various US audiences.  Thus, CIES provides travel awards through their Occasional Lecturer Program for this activity. The Colleges of Business, Education, Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences and Mathematics will invite to the campus of the University of West Alabama a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to speak to faculty, staff and students, as well as community groups and the general public.   Scholars have been chosen by each college and invitations have been extended.  The series of lectures that will be given by the four or five scholars who accept invitations to come to our campus will comprise the Fulbright Lecture Series.

Source: Informational material from International Programs