Discussion series to examine schools, voting rights, women’s contributions


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville-Yearlings Club fall lecture series will open with a Sept. 8 look at Jefferson County Public Schools and continue with discussions of the Voting Rights Act, African American women’s achievements and a holiday reception.

    The College of Arts and Sciences’ international, diversity and outreach programs are offering the free, public discussions in partnership with the Yearlings Club.

    The events run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. the second Sunday of each month from September through April at the Yearlings Club, 4309 W. Broadway, and include light refreshments. The lecture series seeks to bring university faculty members and the public together to share expertise, discuss issues and forge common bonds.

    The fall events are:

    Sept. 8 – “The Superintendent’s Progress Report for Jefferson County Public Schools,” an update on the district’s achievements during the 2012-13 school year by JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens and Jefferson County Board of Education Chair Diane Porter.

    Oct. 13 – “Voting Rights Act Under Assault: The Impact of the Supreme Court Decision,” panel discussion, moderated by Kentucky Sen. Gerald Neal, featuring Dewey Clayton, UofL political science professor; Bill Sharp, American Civil Liberties Union-Kentucky attorney; and Raoul Cunningham, Louisville NAACP president.

    Nov. 10 – “Jewels of the Community: African American Women of Distinction,” discussion moderated by writer Betty Bayé.

    Dec. 8 – “A Soulful Holiday Reception.”

    The Yearlings Club was established in 1951 and its members include representatives from corporate, government and private organizations. The club is devoted to promoting civic responsibility, community service and leadership development.

    For more information, check http://uofl.me/as-idop or contact Clest Lanier at 502-852-3042 or cvlani01@louisville.edu

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.