Forums to focus on community issues


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville/Yearlings Club spring forum series will open with a Jan. 12 examination of local initiatives to help young black men and will continue with discussions of school desegregation, immigration reform and community spirit.

    The College of Arts and Sciences’ international, diversity and outreach programs offer 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 series seeks to bring faculty members and residents together to share expertise, discuss issues and forge common bonds. The spring events are:

    Jan. 12 – “Progress Report: Local Initiatives To Help Young Black Men,” panel discussion about efforts to increase economic and other opportunities for young black men and to counter unemployment and violence.

    Feb. 9 – “The Challenge of School Desegregation Efforts in Louisville,” UofL history department chair Tracy K’Meyer will discuss her recently published book, “From Brown to Meredith: The Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, Kentucky, 1954-2007,” and participate in a panel discussion on the impact of local school desegregation efforts on African American students.

    March 9 – “A Conversation on Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” panel discussion about immigration issues such as citizenship, deportation, border security and reform efforts, as well as their impact locally and nationally.

    April 13 – “Community Reception and Second Annual Community Spirit Awards,” award presentations to people and organizations showing sustained commitment to improving the quality of life for community residents.

    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 or contact Clest Lanier at 502-852-3042 or

    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.