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UA Offers Town Halls on Mental Illness, Education, Liberty

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Mental health, education and public safety will be the topics of upcoming University of Alabama Town Halls, sponsored by the Honors College.

The Town Halls are free and open to the public.

The next Town Hall is “Mentally Ill Patients: Who They Are; Where Did They Go; and Why Do I Care?” It will feature Jim Reddoch, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Mental Health, and Dr. Clayton Shealy, director of UA’s Psychology Clinic. The Town Hall is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in Gallalee Hall, room 227.

The following Town Hall is “Educating Our Children: Where We Are and Where Are We Going?” The moderator is Shelley Jones, a former teacher, principal and chair of the Tuscaloosa City School Board. Other speakers include  J.W. Carpenter, Alabama director for “Teach for America”; and Dr. Isaac Espy, principal of Northridge High School. This Town Hall will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in Farrah Hall, room 120.

The final Town Hall, “Trading Liberty for Safety,” will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in Farrah Hall, room 120. Speakers are to be announced.

For details, contact Robert McCurley at

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.