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 126 except for the December 1st meeting, which will be located in Hulsey Recital Hall. Lunch is provided.


March Haddin Forum

Friday, March 30
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
HHB 126
Lunch will be provided

Marlene Johnson. Archetypes: Improvisation in Life and Art

Marlene Johnson, Department of Theatre

The exploration of archetypes in the acting studio offers a powerful tool that can engage the imagination and revive instinctual playing from impulse. Embodying these archetypes physically, vocally, and imaginatively serve as an elegant and immediate conduit to creating characters and to integrating actor technique. This embodying can free the actor from limiting habitual choices in art as well as in life. Archetypes invite improvisation and adaptive response and allow us the courage to claim our complexity and our power in authenticity. We will look at some of these archetypes as they arise in narratives of myth and legend, how we use them in the acting studio, and how they can serve as useful adjutants as they manifest in our lives.


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 19
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”