Luncheon lectures serve variety of topics from faculty research


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A fall luncheon lecture series will serve a sampler of research interests from University of Louisville professors, who will discuss race, environmental justice, ancient Greek prophecies and an experimental writing practice.

    The College of Arts and Sciences and the Liberal Studies Project offer the monthly Meet the Professor series to highlight the college’s research and cultural offerings.

    The Thursday luncheon talks begin at noon in the University Club. Reservations are required, with $15 payment by check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or

    Here are the fall 2019 semester talks:

                Sept. 5 – “Mysteries of the Delphic Oracle,” John Hale, archaeologist and liberal studies director. Hale has led an international team effort to unlock the historical and geological secrets behind the prophetic trances of the women who served as the powerful medium for divine oracles in ancient Greece.

                Oct. 3 – “Writing That Excludes: the Generative Potential of Lipograms,” Kristi Maxwell, English assistant professor. She will use poetry examples from her upcoming manuscript to illustrate the limitations and possibilities of lipograms, a form of writing that excludes one or more letters.

                Nov. 7 – “On Racialized Whiteness,” David Owen, philosophy department chair. He will talk about how racialized whiteness is rarely examined in public discourse about race and will discuss what whiteness means, how it is sustained and how it shapes the social and cultural landscape.

                Dec. 5 – “Who, Where and What Counts as the We in ‘Community’ in Environmental Policy Research and Practice?” Lauren Heberle, sociology associate professor. She will draw from her Louisville work on cleaning up brownfields and Environmental Protection Agency Superfund sites to discuss community engagement in environmental decision-making by organizations and government agencies.


    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.