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. Lunch is provided.


November Haddin Forum

Matt King.

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

Pots & Kettles: The Ethics of Hypocrisy

Matt King, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

We all know that the pot isn’t supposed to call the kettle black. But what exactly is wrong with hypocrisy (and especially hypocritical blame)? It is tempting to think that the problem obviously lies with a kind of inconsistency. I demur. First, inconsistency can’t explain why hypocrisy is a moral failure. Being inconsistent is generally a problem with one’s belief management, not a separate moral critique. Second, hypocrites actually manifest a range of failures that don’t map onto a single kind of inconsistency. I propose an alternative explanation for what’s wrong with hypocrisy that treats it as a failure of appropriate attention to one's moral priorities.


2018-2019 Schedule

Friday, September 28
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tina Kempin Reuter, Director of Institute for Human Rights
Associate Professor in Department of Political Science and Public Administration and Department of Anthropology
Human Rights and the City: Shaping Urban Spaces for Access, Inclusion, and Empowerment for All

Friday, October 26
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Noa Turel, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History
Engines of Wonder: Painting and Engineering in Renaissance Europe

Friday, November 30
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Matt King, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Pots & Kettles: The Ethics of Hypocrisy

Friday, January 25
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Andrew Keitt, Associate Professor, Department of History
Medical Martyrs: A Nineteenth-Century Representation of Inquisitorial Persecution of Early Modern Spanish Physicians

Friday, February 22
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Jill Clements, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Bodies of Stone: Crosses and Runes in Early English Memorial Inscriptions

Friday, March 29
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Kimberly Schnormeier, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre
Clothes Tell Stories: Using Object Based Research to Unravel Personal Narratives in Dress