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Prof. Russell’s research incites change at UT; national media interest explodes

July 13, 2010, July 12 —University of Texas at Austin student dormitory named after a man prominent in the Ku Klux Klan in the 1800s may soon have its name changed, university officials said.

University President William Powers Jr. will ask the university system’s board of regents to rename Simkins Residence Hall, following a recommendation by a 21-member advisory group, according to a press release from the university.

The controversy over the dorm name came after a former UT law professor Tom Russell initiated research on Simkins.

Published early this year, Russell’s research article claimed that UT officials named the dorm in the 1950s after a Klan member as another way to intimidate African-Americans after the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Brown vs. Board of Education.

“Professor Simkins helped to organize the Ku Klux Klan in Florida at the conclusion of the American Civil War, and he advocated his Klan past to Texas students,” said Russell, now teaching at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.

Other media reporting this story include:

Austin American-Statesman, July 9

Beaumont Enterprise, July 9

KUT (NPR Austin), July 9

Texas Layer, July 9

Texas Tribune, July 9

Dallas Morning News, July 9

NPR Blog, July 9

KYTX, July 10, July 10

The Horn, July 10

The Nation, July 10

KUSA-TV (Channel 9), July 12

Inside Higher Ed, July 12

All Headline News, July 12

Above the Law, July 12

Chattahbox, July 12

Hip Hop Wired, July 12

USA Today, July 12

Huffington Post Blog, July 12

National Ledger, July 12

National Law Journal, July 12

Prof. Alan Chen on “wiggle room” for cops when enforcing fireworks bans

July 13, 2010

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SCOL Prof. Tom Russell’s academic paper sparks change in Texas Klan dorm case

July 12, 2010

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VIDEO: DU Law Professor Tom Russell discusses the UT Austin Simkins Hall case

July 12, 2010

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UT Austin’s president Powers recommends removal of Klansman’s name from dormitory

July 09, 2010

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Paul Chan, DU’s general counsel, named president of the Colorado Bar Association

July 07, 2010

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AUDIO: Prof. K.K. DuVivier interviewed by NPR on the uranium mining’s sordid past

June 30, 2010

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Prof. K.K. DiVivier comments on proposed uranium mine in Nunn, CO

June 30, 2010

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AUDIO: Civil Rights Clinic Fellow Brittany Glidden interviewed re: solitary confinement law suit

June 29, 2010

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Sparked by Prof. Russell’s scholarship, public debate over UTexas dorm name continues

June 28, 2010

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