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.


October Haddin Forum

Friday, October 27
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
HHB 125
Lunch will be provided

Kerry Madden-Lunsford

“Finding Your Voice in Writing for Children”
Kerry Madden-Lunsford, Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing, Department of English

“Sure, it’s simple, writing for kids…just as simple as bringing them up.”
- Ursula Le Guin

Before a house is built the architect makes the plans of the house. Writing a 32-page picture book is no different. You build it from the ground up with the precision of a poem and the visual elements of a screenplay. Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are is just 337 words. But don’t be fooled by the illusion of simplicity. Agents reject far, far more manuscripts for children’s books than they accept. And that’s just the first step. An editor may receive 300 agented picture book submissions in a single week. After a manuscript is accepted, the cast of characters behind the scenes include: Junior Editor, Senior Editor, Illustrator, Copy Editor, Marketing and Publicity teams, each with their own demands. In this talk, I explore my own journey from writing middle grade novels and nonfiction to writing picture books for a major New York publishing house. So how does one find a voice in writing for kids? Flannery O’Connor says, “Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days." I’ll talk about how all of these survival skills have been tested in the process of navigating the most challenging and competitive book market in the world.


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”