A&S All Stars Pre-Game Educational Series

Co-sponsored by the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium


Kick off game-day Saturdays with some food for your stomach followed by food for thought!

Enjoy a light breakfast and coffee compliments of Heine Brothers coffee at the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium.




Doors open at 9:30 a.m.; the presentation itself will begin promptly at 10 a.m. If the game kick-off time permits, A&S All Star presenters will stay afterwards to chat.

The 2014 season’s “All Star” lineup includes:


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September 6 - "Thinking Power: An Artistic Masterpiece at UofL" presented by Professor Christopher Fulton, Department of Fine Arts

Recently cleaned and repatinated, the statue of The Thinker glistens in glory at the heart of campus, a beacon for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Is this sculpture truly an original by the famous artist Auguste Rodin? How did it get here? And what does it mean? In this lecture we ponder The Thinker. We describe its early history and recent conservation, and the current research focused on it. But most of all we invite you to dwell on the statue's symbolism and the University's educational mission.

Associate Professor Christopher Fulton received degrees at Amherst College (B.A.) and Columbia University (Ph.D.). He has published books and articles on Italian Renaissance art and modern Mexican art, and is now involved in a collaborative study of Auguste Rodin's Thinker. He teaches at undergraduate and graduate levels with courses in art history and art theory, and serves as director of study-abroad programs.

If you missed Prof. Fulton's excellent presentation, you can listen to the audio file and follow along with the PowerPoint presentation:

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September 27 - "The Evolution of Goodness: Why Are Animals and Humans Ever Nice?" presented by Professor Lee Dugatkin, Department of Biology

In a world supposedly governed by ruthless survival of the fittest, why do we see acts of goodness in both animals and humans? This problem plagued Charles Darwin in the 1850s as he developed his theory of evolution through natural selection. Indeed, Darwin worried that the goodness he observed in nature could be the Achilles heel of his theory. Ever since then, scientists and other thinkers have engaged in a fierce debate about the origins of goodness that has dragged politics, philosophy, and religion into what remains a major question for evolutionary biology.

Biology Professor Lee Alan Dugatkin is a distinguished university scholar at the University of Louisville. He is well known for his research on the evolution of goodness in humans and non-humans. He has written several books and texts on the subject and has had more than 125 articles published in such journals as Nature, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and The Proceedings of The Royal Society of London.


If you missed Prof. Dugatkin's excellent presentation, you can listen to the audio file and follow along with the PowerPoint presentation:

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October 18 - "Presidential All Stars: From the Sports Arena to the White House" presented by Professor Barbara Perry, 2014 A&S Alumni Fellow and Professor of Political Sciences at the University of Virginia

As modern sports developed in the 20th century, many future US presidents participated in them as collegiate athletes. From Teddy Roosevelt's boxing to Jack Kennedy's swimming to Jerry Ford's gridiron achievements to George H. W. Bush's success on the baseball diamond to Barack Obama's hoop dreams, this multi-media presentation will explore how POTUSes use athletics to bolster their political images.

Professor Barbara Perry is Co-Chair of the Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. A native of Louisville, she received her B.A. from U of L, M.A. from Oxford University, and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. A biographer of the Kennedys, she has also published books on the presidency and Supreme Court. In addition, Professor Perry was chosen as the 2014 Alumni Fellow for the College of Arts and Sciences.

If you missed Prof. Perry's excellent presentation, you can listen to the audio file and follow along with the PowerPoint presentation:

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November 29 - "Game Theory: The Politics of Race and Sport" presented by Professor Ricky Jones, Department of Pan-African Studies

Jones’ “Game Theory” is rooted in the belief that black athletes ranging from Jack Johnson and Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali and Cookie Gilchrist have transformed their sports, and in doing so, have impacted American society in unique in ways that perhaps only sports can. Jones will tie the exploits of athletes like, to name a few, Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard, Althea Gibson, Bill Russell, Arthur Ashe, Venus and Serena Williams, and UofL’s own Lawrence Simmons and Wade Houston to the ways in which black agency and humanity are perceived. Jones will ask the audience to reflect on how and why race and sport impact society so profoundly.

Admitted “sports nut” Professor Ricky L. Jones is Chair of Pan-African Studies and Founding Director of the Center on Race and Inequality at UofL. The Atlanta native did undergraduate work at the U.S. Naval Academy and has a B.A. in Political Science from Morehouse College. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Philosophy and Comparative Politics from the University of Kentucky. He is the author of books, scholarly articles, book chapters, and opinion columns on subjects ranging from politics to love.

For more information and to register: uofl.me/as-allstars-gametheory


Registration and Payment


Register for entire series

Register and purchase the entire series of 4 All Star lectures Register now and get 4 free parking passes for Speed Museum Garage good for game day parking.

$40 | General Public          $32 | Alumni, Faculty, & Staff         FREE | Students



Register for individual lectures

$10 | General Public         $8 | Alumni, Faculty, & Staff           FREE | Students

Click on individual lectures below to register and pay.  All lectures will be held at Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium on the Belknap Campus.