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, October 31, 11:30-1:00

A Constructivist Approach to Intercultural Competency
Dr. Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Heritage Hall 125

Dr. Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez will discuss the development of an innovative methodological approach for the teaching and learning of languages and cultures using a constructivist framework. Constructivism is ideal for the study of a complex and challenging subject, as is culture. This new approach is vital to increase the use of higher-level critical thinking skills, as well as to ensure students’ active participation, engagement, and motivation to learn. The Constructive Cultural Unit (CCU) has been designed for the advanced study of intercultural competency. CCUs are designed around authentic means of communication (films, literature, music and visual art). Learners have the opportunity to view, read, and listen, and extract the essential characteristics and perspectives that make this a unique expression of the target communities. The particular content encompasses basic anthropological areas of research such as: social, political, and economic organization and behaviors, identity, attitudes and beliefs.
















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
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