Freshman Discussion

The annual UAB Freshman Discussion is a focal point for uniting the students, faculty, and staff of this research-intensive campus. The topics always raise complex questions, are relevant to contemporary social issues, and broaden the reader’s understanding of diversity in a meaningful way. It also serves as a means to introduce entering freshmen to the concept of difficult dialogues and institutional expectations.

All new UAB students are required to attend the 2015 Discussion Book Convocation program which will be held on the evening of Tuesday, August 25 at Bartow Arena.

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Read the Book

The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged from an African Coast
by David Quammen

David Quammen presents the “real” story of AIDS—how it originated with a virus in a chimpanzee, transferred to a human, and then infected millions of people. His investigation follows the virus from the southeastern Cameroon chimpanzee population to laboratories around the world. Through his collection of stories and facts, he illustrates the spread of one of the most serious health threats in the modern world.

The book will be available via Barnes & Noble @ UAB.

David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo and Blood Line, among other books and articles. He has been honored with the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an award for the art of the essay from PEN, and (three times) the National Magazine Award.

Freshman Convocation

(attendance is required)
Tuesday, August 25th at 7 p.m.
Bartow Arena

Additional details TBA.

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Allison Solomon, Director of UAB Disability Support Services at 205-934-4205 or