Two College of Community Health Sciences faculty will present at the first TEDxTuscaloosa event, which will take place on April 11 at Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa. The College will also be a sponsor of the event.
Dr. Pamela Payne-Foster, associate professor of Community and Rural Medicine and deputy director of the Institute for Rural Health Research, and Dr. Alan Blum, professor and Gerald Leon Wallace Endowed Chair of Family Medicine, will join six other speakers at the event.
Their talks will focus on their respective areas of research. Foster’s research area of interest is the study of HIV/AIDS-related stigma in rural African Americans in Alabama, particularly in faith-based settings in rural Alabama.
Blum is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the history of smoking and cigarette marketing. Since 1998, he has directed The University of Alabama Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society, which comprises one of the world’s largest collections on the tobacco industry and the anti-smoking movement.
TEDxTuscaloosa will be held from 5 pm to 9 pm, and those interested in attending must apply online at tedxtuscaloosa.com. The priority deadline for applying is March 11, though applications will be accepted for another week or until all spots are filled.
TEDx is an offshoot of TED, a nonprofit devoted to the concept of “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx events local, self-organized events that are designed to bring communities together to share in a TED-like experience. At TEDx events, both live speakers and TED Talk videos are incorporated.