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

Friday, March 21

Explaining Racial Disparities in Systemic Inflammation
Irena Stepanikova, Associate Professor, UAB Department of Sociology

Why are African Americans more likely than whites to suffer from chronic disease? Low-level, chronic inflammation in the body provides some clues. Dr. Stepanikova will explore factors that contribute to chronic inflammation, from modifiable health behaviors to larger-scale social forces that lead to African American disadvantage in health, including inequality and discrimination.


2013-2014 Schedule


Friday, Aug. 30
Social Identity and Boundary Maintenance among Drug Users
Heith Copes, Ph.D., associate professor of Justice Sciences

Friday, Sept. 27
Art and Social Change in South Asia
Cathleen Cummings, Ph.D., assistant professor of Art History

Friday, Oct. 25
Painting Cakes: Paths to Creativity Through Experiental Learning
Cliff Simon, associate professor of Theatre

Friday, Nov. 15
Lincoln and the American Cinema
Danny Siegel, Ph.D., associate professor of English

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
Go Forth and Fast Multiply: What’s Math Got to Do with It?
Carmeliza Navasca, Ph.D., assistant professor of Mathematics

Friday, Feb. 28
Patterns in Complex Social and Evolutionary Processes
Marshall Abrams, Ph.D., assistant professor of Philosophy        

Friday, March 21
Explaining Racial Disparities in Systemic Inflammation
Irena Stepanikova, Ph.D., assistant professor of Sociology
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