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 121 and are free and open to the public. Lunch is provided.

Next Haddin Forum

Friday, September 30
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dr. Kevin McCain, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Heritage Hall Building (HHB) Room 121
Belief in or belief about: Which question do polls about evolution really ask, and why does it matter?

Data from studies conducted to determine acceptance rates for evolution are often misleading. Quite often polls, such as those by IPSOS, Gallup, and PEW, run together questions asking respondents’ beliefs in concepts like God with questions asking respondents’ beliefs about concepts like evolution. The two are distinct and should not be confused. Distinguishing between ‘belief in’ and ‘belief about’ might help remove an unrecognized confounding element from these studies.

2016-2017 Schedule

Friday, September 30
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
HHB 121
Dr. Kevin McCain, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy  
Belief in or belief about: Which question do polls about evolution really ask, and why does it matter?

Friday, October 28
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
HHB 121
John Moore, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
His Majesty's Prosecutor v. José Soller, Mulatto Pilgrim, for Impersonating a Priest and Other Crimes

Friday, December 2
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
HHB 121
Elisabeth Pellathy, Assistant Professor of New Media, Department of Art and Art History
Methodologies in Making: Digital Decay and Obsolescence in the Age of New Media

Friday, January 27
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Peter Jones, Assistant Professor, Department of Government
Charter schools in Alabama: financial implications for the education system and beyond

Friday, February 24
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Margaret Jay Jessee, Assistant Professor, Department of English 
Literary Transformations from 'She-Devil Abortionist' to 'Woman Physician' in Nineteenth-Century America

Friday, March 31
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Burel Goodin, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology 
Risk factors for chronic pain in HIV