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Derek Alderman

Derek Alderman

Derek H. Alderman is professor of geography and Betty Lynn Hendrickson professor of social science at the University of Tennessee. He is a past president of the American Association of Geographers. His specialties include race, public memory, symbolic landscapes, heritage tourism, and critical place name study—all within the context of the African-American struggle for social and spatial justice. He is the author of over 150 articles, book chapters, and other essays along with the award-winning book (with Owen Dwyer), Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory. He is co-editor (with Reuben Rose-Redwood and Maoz Azaryahu) entitled The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes: Naming, Politics, and Place (Routledge).

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Veterans Day: How crosses and mementos help these Marines remember fallen comrades

By: and - November 11, 2021

Today, people across America will thank veterans and active-duty military personnel for their service. But many members of the public don’t have a clear understanding of what service means to people in the military. How do they honor their own? What kind of spaces and activities help them reflect and remember — beyond one day […]