Freshman Discussion Book Convocation

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 Forest
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 25 from 7-9 p.m.
Bartow Arena

Check-in will begin at 6:15 PM. During the convocation, a panel of UAB professors actively researching in their respective fields will discuss the issues raised in the book and answer as many of questions as time permits. You may submit a question ahead of time by emailing orient@uab.edu.

Students are required to stay for the entire event. You will need to bring your ONE Card (ID card you will obtain at New Student Orientation) so that your attendance can be recorded.

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



UAB Night at the Birmingham Museum of Art

Wednesday, September 2 from 5-8 p.m.
Birmingham Museum of Art

This event is free for UAB students, faculty, & staff. Free shuttles from Blazer Circle will start at 4:30 p.m. The final shuttle leaves the Museum at 8 p.m.

Sponsored by the Senior Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success



Brown Bag Discussion Series

Join us for a series of “brown bag” lunch discussions highlighting various topics addressed in this year’s freshman discussion book. Each discussion will be offered twice in back-to-back sessions.

Wednesday, September 16

HIV 101 and an update on the HIV virus in the southeast

By: Josh Bruce, Education Director, Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO)
Times: 11:15 a.m. and 12:20 p.m.
Location: School of Health Professions Building, in the Learning Resources Center room 235/249

Wednesday, September 23

Medical advances and the science behind HIV

By: Neil Rafferty, Prevention Coordinator, Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO)
Times: 11:15 a.m. and 12:20 p.m.
Location: School of Health Professions Building, in the Learning Resources Center room 235/249

Wednesday, October 21

Methods for preventing the contraction of HIV and the use of the medication, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

By: Kachina Kudroff, Coordinator for Health Education, UAB 1917 Clinic
Times: 11:15 a.m. and 12:20 p.m.
Location: School of Health Professions Building, in the Learning Resources Center room 235/249