The weekly western Louisville program focuses on black history, issues and culture. Sessions begin with an 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. seminar about African world and black history and continue with a 12:45 p.m.-2 p.m. discussion of designated topics. UofL faculty and community representatives are the speakers, and the sessions are open to adults and high school students.

The free, public sessions will run on Saturdays from Oct. 1 through May 2012 at DuValle Education Center cafeteria, 3610 Bohne Ave., near Interstate 264-W and Algonquin Parkway in the Park DuValle community. From Algonquin Parkway, proceed to Shadyside Drive to the center’s back parking lot for the middle-door entrance.

The 2011-2012 Saturday Academy theme is “The History and Heritage of Black Louisville,” and here is the initial lineup of fall speakers:

  • Oct. 1, “Mayor Greg Fischer Speaks to the Saturday Academy”
  • Oct. 8, “A Doctor Speaks: The 411 on Safer Sex,” Karen Krigger, UofL School of Medicine
  • Oct. 15, “Foodwise/Food Warriors: Food Justice in the West End,” Karyn Moscowitz, Blain Snipstal, Portia White, Nathaniel Spencer and Myrna Brame with chef Derrick Jackson
  • “Oct. 22, “Kentucky’s Role in African American Theater History,” Lundeana Thomas, director of UofL’s African American Theater Program, and AATP students
  • Oct. 29, “Perspectives on Black Art,” lecture by UofL professor emeritus and artist Robert Douglas and interview with Pearlie Johnson, Pan-African studies

Besides UofL’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Pan-African studies department, Saturday Academy sponsors include Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 5th District Council Member Cheri Bryant Hamilton and the Louisville Urban League.