Haddin Arts and Sciences Forum

Illustration of a person sharing ideas with others. The Theodore Haddin Arts and Sciences Forum is an ongoing lecture series at UAB's College of Arts and Sciences. It is a venue for Arts and Sciences faculty to talk about their research with their colleagues, students, and members of the public, and is designed to celebrate faculty work and to launch new conversations.

Each academic year, the Forum presents a series of five to six informal lectures from a cross section of departments in the university. The main criterion for inclusion is that the topics presented be of interest to a broad range of faculty members, students, and the public. Meetings of the Haddin Forum currently take place in Heritage Hall room 125 and are free and open to the public. Lunch is provided.

Please note: The location of the Haddin forum has changed for the 2014-2015 season. It is being held in Heritage Hall 125 to provide room for more attendees.

Upcoming Forum


Friday, September 26, 2014, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Future of Human Health and Longevity
Dr. Steven Austad, Chair of the Department of Biology

Is it possible that medical advances would allow humans to live for 150 years? Is it desirable from a personal or societal perspective for people to live so long? Dr. Steven Austad, Chair of the Department of Biology, will talk about the unprecedented historical increase in health and longevity over the past century and discuss how recent advances in the basic biology of aging make a healthy 150 year lifespan more than just a pipe dream. Currently, for instance, a single drug has been shown to reduce and delay mouse versions of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer as well as enhance resistance to pneumonia, preserve muscle strength, and improve sleep in the elderly. A number of other drugs in the research pipeline show similar promise.

2014-2015 Schedule


Friday, September 26, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Future of Human Health and Longevity
Dr. Steven Austad, Chair of the Department of Biology

Friday, October 31, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

A Constructivist Approach to Intercultural Competency
Dr. Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

November 14, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Reconstructing the Ancient Human Diet
Dr. Stephen Merritt, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Friday, January 30, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Managing Stage Fright (For All of Life’s Little Performances)
Dr. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, Assistant Professor, Department of Music

Friday, February 27, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Polymer Nanomaterials for Drug Delivery and Cell Transplantation
Dr. Eugenia Kharlampieva, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Friday, April 3, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

A Poet in Antarctica
Adam Vines, MFA, Assistant Professor, Department of English