Discussion series to introduce dean, explore youth issues


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Exploring the plight of African American youths is the focus of two events in the University of Louisville-Yearlings Club fall discussion series, which will open with a community reception for the university’s new College of Arts and Sciences dean and wind up with holiday music.

    The college’s international, diversity and engagement programs offer the free, public talks in partnership with the Yearlings Club at its 4309 W. Broadway location. The series seeks to bring faculty members and the public together to share expertise, discuss issues and forge common bonds.

    The events usually run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. monthly on Sundays from September through April, although the opening event will be 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9

    The fall events are:

    Sept. 9 – “Community Reception and Fireside Chat” with College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, discussion moderated by Louisville Urban League President Ben Richmond. Kempf-Leonard joined UofL Aug. 1 after serving as dean of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s College of Liberal Arts since 2011. She has a social systems sciences doctorate in criminology and criminal justice from University of Pennsylvania. (6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.)

    Oct. 19 – “Saving Our Youth, Part I: ‘Da Takeover’,” panel discussion of the relationship between poor urban communities and youth street culture (4 p.m.-6 p.m.)

    Nov. 16 – “Saving Our Youth, Part II: The Last of a Dying Breed,” panel discussion about the consequences of youth behavior and violence (4 p.m.-6 p.m.)

    Dec. 14 – “Holiday Jazz Reception,” featuring local musical performers (4 p.m.-6 p.m.)

    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 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.