Next week, some amazing people from across the three University of Alabama campuses will gather for the 2017 UA System Scholars Institute, to be held May 15-16 at Bryant Conference Center. Through a series of events, the Institute aims to foster discussion and collaboration between institutions on topics related to teaching and learning. Although you are asked to register to ensure the event planners are ready for everyone (e.g., accommodating dietary needs and allergies), the event itself is free to UA faculty, instructors, and staff. Over 200 people are expected to attend!

Among the highlights of the event is Dr. Christopher Emdin’s keynote, “Teaching and Learning from the Student’s Standpoint,” which will take place May 15 at 9:30 am in Sellers Auditorium. Dr. Emdin, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College (Columbia University), may be best known as the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and a thought leader on issues of race, culture, inequality and education. The Institute planners have provided an hour with Dr. Emdin for those who wish to discuss his talk.

The impressive lineup features presentations by several A&S faculty:

Of course, this is not to mention the detailed agendas for May 15 and May 16 that explore innovations happening at UAB and UAH.