Discussions to examine schools, violence, multicultural issues


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Yearlings Club community discussion series this fall will touch on Jefferson County school matters, black-on-black violence and the Hispanic community and wind up with a holiday jazz celebration in December.

    The Yearlings Club, a partner of the University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences, is devoted to civic responsibility, community service and leadership development. Each year, the club organizes public events aimed at bringing people in Louisville together with UofL faculty members to share expertise, forge common bonds and explore issues.

    All events run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at the Yearlings Club, 4309 W. Broadway, and include refreshments and networking opportunities.

    The fall series includes:

    Sept. 13 – “Back to School,” discussion of the new student assignment plan, Shawnee High School’s future and expansion of parental involvement in Jefferson County Public Schools. Invited panelists include Superintendent Sheldon Berman; Pat Todd, executive director of the JCPS Gheens Professional Development Academy; and JCPS school board members Ann Elmore, Debbie Wesslund and Carol Haddad.

    Oct. 11 – “What is a Black Life Worth? How to Break the Continuing Cycle of Black-on-Black Violence in Louisville,” panel including family advocate Christopher 2X, Life Institute youth outreach leader Eddie Woods and families of victims of violence.

    Nov. 8 – “The Americana Center: A Local Crossroads of the World,” discussion of the growing influence and contributions of international residents. Panel will include representatives of the Hispanic community.

    Dec. 13 – “Holiday Jazz Event”

    For more information, contact Reginald Meeks at 502-852-3042 or reginald.meeks@louisville.edu, or Marian Vasser at 502-852-2252 or mrvass01@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.