Discussions examine food deserts, protest through art

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville-Yearlings Club spring forum series will open with discussion of food deserts and access to healthy options and later explore issues related to Black History Month and Women’s History Month.

    The UofL College of Arts and Sciences’ international, diversity and engagement programs office is offering the free, public forums in partnership with the Yearlings at the civic club’s 4309 W. Broadway location. The series, part of the Signature Partnership Initiative, seeks to bring faculty and the public together to share expertise, discuss issues and forge bonds.

    The events run 4-6 p.m. monthly on Sundays from September through April. The first 2018 forums are:

    • Jan. 21 – “Food Deserts: Causes, Consequences and Solutions.” Panelists will include Priscilla McCutcheon, UofL assistant professor of Pan-African studies and geography; Cassia Herron, research manager for UofL’s Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research; and Theresa Zawacki, senior policy adviser to Louisville Forward.
    • Feb. 11 — “Black History Month Program: The Art of Protest through Cultural Expression.” UofL faculty panelists will include Baron Kelly, head of acting; Johnnie Jones, African American Theater Program director; and Michael Brandon McCormack, Pan-African studies assistant professor.
    • March 18 – “Women’s History Month: Salute to Women in Leadership.”

    Established in 1951, the Yearlings Club Inc. includes representatives from corporate, government and private organizations. The club is devoted to promoting civic responsibility, community service and leadership development.

    For more information, contact Clest Lanier at 502-852-3042 or cvlani01@louisville.edu.

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    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a communications and marketing specialist for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she works in media relations and contributes to news about the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and Kent School of Social Work. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.