Haddin Arts & Sciences Forum

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 are free and open to the public. All forums will take place in Heritage Hall room 125 except for the December 1st meeting, which will be located in Hulsey Recital Hall. Lunch is provided.

September Haddin Forum

josh mayFriday, September 29
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
HHB 125
Lunch will be provided

"Morality and Rationality: The Role of Reason and Emotion in Ethics"
Josh May, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Do we form our moral judgments primarily based on emotion? Many philosophers and scientists say "Yes!" I argue that our best evidence suggests that ordinary moral thought and action are fundamentally rational enterprises, not beholden to unreasoned passion. As a result, we can often achieve moral knowledge and virtue, despite being heavily influenced by automatic and unconscious processes that have been shaped by evolutionary pressures.

2017-2018 Schedule

Friday, September 29
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Josh May, Department of Philosophy
"Morality and Rationality: The Role of Reason and Emotion in Ethics"

Friday, October 27
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Kerry Madden-Lunsford, Department of English
“Storycatching from Picture Book to Young Adult. Finding Your Voice in Writing for Children”

Friday, December 1
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Patrick Evans, Department of Music
"All the Way Through Evening: The AIDS Quilt Songbook in Context" (World AIDS Day)

Friday, January 26
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
James McClintock, Department of Biology
“A Naturalist Goes Fishing” - climate change, ocean acidification and other environmental challenges facing our waters

Friday, February 23
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Peter Verbeek, Department of Anthropology
“Peace Ethology: Looking to Nature to Understand Peace”

Friday, March 30
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Marlene Johnson, Department of Theatre
“Archetypes: Improvisation in Life and Art”