LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Novelist, journalist and screenwriter Sayed Kashua will talk about his life as a Palestinian-Israeli writer during a University of Louisville event Feb. 12.
Kashua’s free, public lecture and discussion about “The Foreign Mother Tongue: Living and Writing as a Palestinian in Israel” will begin at 3 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library. A book sale and signing will follow the talk at 4:30 p.m. UofL’s Jewish studies program presents the event, which also is part of the university’s Axton Reading Series.
Kashua, currently a visiting teacher at University of Illinois, earned the Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature in 2004 and the Israeli literary Bernstein Prize in 2011. He has published three novels: “Dancing Arabs,” “Let It Be Morning” and “Second Person Singular.” The film adaptation of the autobiographical “Dancing Arabs” opened the Jerusalem Film Festival last year.
Kashua also is known for the popular, groundbreaking “Arab Labor” television series that provides a comedic look at a Palestinian journalist living in Israel and searching for identity. His satirical weekly personal columns in Hebrew run in the newspaper Haaretz. A 2009 documentary “Sayed Kashua -- Forever Scared” chronicled his family life during seven years.
Although his talk is free, reservations are requested at http://sayed-kashua.eventbrite.com. For reserved parking information, email Ranen Omer-Sherman, the Jewish Heritage Foundation for Excellence endowed chair in Judaic studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other support for the College of Arts and Sciences event comes from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, English department, humanities division and Middle East and Islamic studies program.
For more information, contact Omer-Sherman at 502-852-6842 or email@example.com
Dr. Gutierrez is an accomplished researcher and has co-authored more than 60 scientific articles that have appeared in high scientific impact journals such as Scientific Reports, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, etc.
In the NSF Career proposal, Dr. Gutierrez proposes to explore Two-Dimensional Heterostructures Based on Transition Metal Dichalcogenides with the purpose of improving their optoelectronic properties. His proposal will focus on innovative design principles, synthesis, and band gap engineering via doping and alloying effects of these two-dimensional materials.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In a world where the concept of survival of the fittest rules and swimming with the sharks is touted as the way to success, humans and animals alike still perform what only can be described as great acts of kindness and altruism.
The evolutionary aspects of selflessness and doing for others will be explored in the next Beer with a Scientist program, “The evolution of goodness and justice: Why does it pay to be nice?” on Wednesday, Jan. 14, beginning at 8 p.m. at Against the Grain Brewery, 401 E. Main St.
Speaking will be University of Louisville Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Biology Lee Dugatkin, Ph.D. A behavioral ecologist, evolutionary biologist and science historian, Dugatkin’s research focuses on the evolution of cooperation, the evolution of aggression and the interaction between genetic and cultural evolution. Dugatkin has authored more than 150 scientific papers and published seven books.
The question about why humans and animals perform acts of goodness has plagued scientists for generations, most notably 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,” Dugatkin said. “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.”
The Beer with a Scientist program began in 2014 and is the brainchild of University of Louisville cancer researcher Levi Beverly, Ph.D. Once a month, the public is invited to Louisville’s Against the Grain brewpub for exactly what the title promises: beer and science.
Beverly created the monthly series as a way to connect with people who don’t have scientific backgrounds but want to know about scientific topics. “We lose sight of the fact that most people have never even met a Ph.D., never talked to one,” he said. “(However) whenever I go someplace, if I strike up a conversation at a bar and I tell someone what I do for a living, they always have questions. It leads to a whole conversation.”
Admission is free. Purchase of beer, other beverages or menu items is not required but is encouraged.
Organizers add that they also encourage Beer with a Scientist patrons to drink responsibly.
For more information and to suggest future Beer with a Scientist topics, follow Louisville Underground Science on Facebook.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Vladimir Putin. Medieval manuscripts. Turkish politics. Art markets. Researchers who study those diverse topics will share their views with the public through a University of Louisville luncheon lecture series this spring.
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 $14 payment in cash or check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the Monday before each event.
Here are the spring 2015 semester talks:
Jan. 15 – "Gender and Politics in Contemporary Turkey,” Gul Marshall, sociology associate professor. She will talk about how gender-equality policies take shape in Turkey amid various political agendas as well as the significant roles that Turkish women’s groups, the Turkish state and the European Union play in this process.
Feb. 5 – “Vladimir Putin: Tsar of All the Russias,” Charles Ziegler, political science professor. He will discuss the latest Russian political developments, Putin’s motivation and the likelihood that annexing Crimea is the start of a more confrontational foreign policy and perhaps a second Cold War.
March 5 – “The Art Market for the Other 99 Percent,” Susan Jarosi, art history and women’s and gender studies associate professor. She will explore the ways most people buy art, far outside the record fine-art auction sales at Christie’s. Her talk about contemporary markets will include the Dafen Art Village in Shenzhen, China, and ways the golden age of Dutch art set a profitable precedent.
April 2 – “Sacred Skins: The World of the Medieval Manuscript,” Andrew Rabin, English associate professor. He will talk about production and artistry of the handwritten books, which were the primary means of passing down texts to future generations, and how those tomes provide insight into the cultural and intellectual world of the Middle Ages. The audience also will see authentic medieval manuscripts from UofL’s Pzena Manuscript Collection.
Theatre Arts students rehearse “The Meeting,” a fictional encounter between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are inextricably linked, but the two leaders never got together to share their points of view.
Now, almost five decades after their deaths, student actors from the University of Louisville Theatre Arts Department will perform “The Meeting,” a fictional take on the two civil rights titans, as part of the department’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration.
“The Meeting,” written by playwright Jeff Stetson, imagines what would have happened if the pair came together to discuss their beliefs and passions for equality. The two met only once for a brief minute after a U.S. Senate press conference in 1964.
Sponsored by the African American Theatre Program (AATP), the celebration will be held 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19 at The Playhouse, 1911 S. Third Street. In addition to the play, there will be an appearance by the Kentucky Center ArtsReach Dance Ensemble performing a contemporary piece to “Strange Fruit” and a performance from local singer Erica Denise Bledsaw & Friends. Professor Ricky Jones, chair of the Pan African Studies Department at UofL, also will moderate a forum.
“At a time when civil rights are still at the forefront of our national consciousness, it’s essential to honor great leaders of the past as we strive to live up to the ideals they set forth so many years ago,” said Baron Kelly, associate professor of theatre and director of the AATP.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit louisville.edu/theatrearts.
During the season when “peace on earth” is often heard, UofL graduating senior Branka Damjanovic wants to do her part to make the phrase a reality.
Damjanovic, a College of Arts and Sciences English and sociology major who will speak at the university’s Dec. 18 commencement, has seen firsthand the wreckage of war.
The Bosnian War (1992-1995) caused the Damjanovic family to separate—her mother and sisters lived in a rural area of Herzegovina while her father headed to Germany to find work to support them.
The family was displaced when Damjanovic was born in Croatia in 1992 and they did not live together again until they resettled in the United States in 1999. During those seven years, Damjanovic had pictures and phone calls from her father but did not actually know what it meant to have a father until the family was reunited in Louisville.
Damjanovic learned English quickly and, in an effort to smooth the way for others, volunteered at James Lees Presbyterian Church to teach English to other non-native English speakers. Damjanovic says that working with immigrants and refugees is her passion and, as she sought ways to assist them, took an internship with the legal services office of Kentucky Refugee Ministries, a decision that helped solidify her plans to attend law school in the fall.
At age 17, Damjanovic got a job and took responsibility for her own finances, including paying for college. She graduates from UofL with a 3.7 grade point average and, in addition to her double major, she has earned minors in linguistics and political science.
As a UofL student, she returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina to study the impact of peacebuilding efforts. Her interest in peace—fueled by her own experiences—led her to earn a certificate in Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation, a relatively new program at UofL.
Damjanovic said earning the certificate was a transformative experience.
“It was a very personal choice and it has, arguably, shaped my undergraduate career the most. When I started, I just wanted to learn about peace and was fascinated that there were methods of conflict transformation,” Damjanovic said. “I thought I would study peace so I could learn about how to prevent war. It has helped define what I want to work towards and given me multiple opportunities to explore different ways of doing so.”
In her commencement address, Damjanovic will talk about how her college professors boosted her confidence.
“One of my favorite quotes is ‘doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will’ and that means not being afraid of your own potential,” Damjanovic said.
In conjunction with its exhibition REMIX: Stephen Paul Day | Sibylle Peretti | The Leight Collection, The Speed Museum has produced a video featuring Ché Rhodes, Department of Fine Arts, in which Professor Rhodes introduces the process of glassmaking.
Congratulations on your film debut, Professor Rhodes! Check out the video now.
UofL's Department of Mathematics reaches out to area high school to provide college-level coursework
The Department of Mathematics and the Department of Middle and Secondary Education (CEHD) have partnered with South Oldham High School to provide a Calculus 3 course (Math 301) for students from South Oldham who received a 4 or 5 on the BC Calculus AP exam last summer. The Office of the Provost generously supported this initiative with funds to release an instructor to add this section. 7 South Oldham students took the college-level calculus alongside UofL students.
Dr. Jenny Bay-Williams (Chair, Middle and Secondary) and Dr. Thomas Riedel (Chair, Mathematics) recently had a meeting with Anita Davis (Chief Academic Officer of Oldham County Schools), Brent Deaves (Oldham County Schools Secondary Level Director) and Lori Ferriel (Guidance Counselor South Oldham HS) deemed the new program a success and Dr. Grzegorz Kubicki, who taught the section, noted that not only did these students do very well but the entire class was the best he had taught in a long time. To build on this success, the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Middle and Secondary Education are teaming up with South Oldham High School to apply for a small grant from the Kentucky Department of Education to further explore joint venture for high achieving students in the Early College category. This grant would provide seed money for a pilot study that will be the basis for an application for a larger federal grant to broaden the scope of the current collaboration.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Thirteen graduating seniors at the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute will show off their works as the final project of their student career.
The Fall 2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition will run Dec. 4-20 at the Schneider Hall Galleries. An opening reception will be 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4 at the gallery.
The student artists will display artwork in a variety of mediums including sculpture, drawing, painting and more. Each student’s collection is comprised of pieces that represent the artist’s unique vision and his or her readiness to enter the professional art world after graduation.
“We are proud of the rigor and quality of our BFA program,” said Ying Kit Chan, chair of the department of fine arts. “This is an exceptional group of student artists and we encourage people to get a preview of some of their earliest works before they begin their professional careers.”
The 13 participating artists are:
- Leigha Babey
- Samuel Cooney
- Robyn Gibson
- Melodie Hawkins
- Elizabeth Hayden
- Alex Huninghake
- Sherrill Keefe
- Adam Mescan
- B. Nelson
- Mario Picciuto
- Brittni Pullen
- Anasazi Thomas
- John Travisano
The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information visit louisville.edu/art.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Handcrafted ceramics by University of Louisville student and faculty artists will be available for purchase just in time for holiday shopping.
The university’s annual ceramics sale will be 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 in the ceramics studio in the Studio Arts building, 2314 S. Floyd St.
Many items will be available in the $10-$30 range including plates, mugs, bowls and other tableware. Additional items including large vases, serving bowls and platters also will be available. Along with functional pieces, decorative works also will be on sale.
Proceeds from the sale benefit the UofL Hite Art Institute’s Ceramic Arts Organization and help fund student travel to art conferences and free public workshops with visiting artists.
For more information contact Todd Burns, associate professor of ceramics, at 502-852-6796 or email@example.com.
At approximately 9:30 pm on 11/09/14, the Inclusion and Equity Internship Program concluded a co-curricular activity which included viewing the film, Dear White People.
Following the film, the interns gathered outside the Apex Village 8 Theater where they shared their reactions to the film with other viewers. The interns effectively engaged a diverse group of individuals in conversation surrounding issues of race, sexuality, and campus climate. Describing this experience as POWERFUL is an understatement.
In addition to a viewer sharing his experience on a college campus in the 70’s, others shared their ambivalence towards issues addressed in the film. The interns created a space for various perspectives to be heard and explored in a safe and welcoming manner. The dialogue was both constructive, and eye-opening and I could not be more proud of the wonderful work that our Inclusion and Equity Interns are doing. As a result of this wonderful experience, we are exploring on-campus viewing and dialogue opportunities. Stay tuned for additional information.
For additional information about the Inclusion and Equity Internship Program, please feel free to contact Marian R. Vasser, Coordinator for Engagement Programs and Inclusion and Equity Internship Coordinator at 502-852-2252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A six-year-old child and a postman are just two of the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights era whose stories will be brought to life by University of Louisville actors.
“Freedom Days,” the second main stage show of the 2014-15 season, centers on a series of vignettes about everyday people living through the turbulence of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement incorporated with traditional folk songs, spirituals, gospel, and civil rights anthems.
The play takes the audience across the South from six-year-old Ruby Bridges’ efforts to integrate schools in New Orleans to a postman’s dangerous delivery route through Mississippi. It uncovers the tragedy and triumph of the era through a Klansman’s horrific crimes in contrast to his wife’s heroic actions.
Originally written by Steve Friedman, Professor Russell Vandenbroucke, director of UofL’s production, wrote two additional vignettes to bookend the play. Ron Jones serves as musical director.
The production’s historical lessons run parallel to today, Vandenbroucke said.
“Like all good historical plays, ‘Freedom Days’ is ultimately about the present. It immerses its audience in the past and in doing so confirms Faulkner’s famous observation that the past is never dead – it’s not even the past,” Vandenbroucke said. “Recent events, including the murders of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, remind us that the struggle for equality and justice for all persists.”
“Freedom Days” runs Nov. 19-23 at Thrust Theatre, 2314 S. Floyd Street. Performances are at 8 p.m. with an additional 3 p.m. matinee Nov. 23. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. To order tickets or for more information, call the box office at (502) 852-6814 or visit www.louisville.edu/theatrearts.
“Freedom Days” is produced with support from the Communication Department of the College of Arts and Sciences and is part of the university’s “Project Progress,” a five-year series celebrating the Civil Rights Movement sponsored by the Department of Pan-African Studies and the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs.
Suzy El-Geneidy, deputy chief editor of Al-Ahram Al-Arabi in Eqypt, visiting the Kentucky State Data Center at UofL.
On Friday, October 24, the public history programs at UofL, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Northern Kentucky University hosted their first workshop of this kind. It was intended for students who will soon be on the job market and recent grads who are still searching for positions or interested in career advancement. It was also of interest to undergrads considering careers in public history. Overall, the day gave students a good sense of what skills are in demand, what employers look for, how to apply for jobs, and how to prepare for interviews.
Says one UofL history alumna that attended the workshop, “Preparing students for the workforce, especially in History programs, isn’t necessarily common, and I think this workshop will undoubtedly have a positive impact on those in attendance. Bravo, and again, thank you for including me. It hits home.”
The term “public history” refers to the practice of history for and with people in the community and outside the academy. It includes work in museums, archives, historical societies, neighborhood associations, preservation offices, cultural centers, government agencies, etc. By definition, the work of public historians is community engaged scholarship. The goal of this work is to enhance the life of the community by helping local people to understand and build on their history.
Significantly, UofL public history students are continually doing research on local and regional topics, usually with public interpretation of some kind in mind. They are not researching histories without strong connections to Louisville and the surrounding area. Rather, they are exploring local and regional histories in new ways, revealing their relevance, and generating public interest in them.
The Public History Job Search forum provided students with guidance about how to put the skills acquired in the Department of History’s public history certificate and masters programs to use in fulfilling, productive careers. Louisville is the home of a large number of historic sites, historical societies, and history museums, as well as cultural institutions with a historical focus, relative to its population. The public history program of the Department of History contributes to the development of local and regional institutions by providing them with a strong supply of well-trained professionals and building ongoing networks of support and cooperation with those professionals once they are placed. Attendance at the workshop was also open to area professionals, providing them with the opportunity to refresh their job market skills, and as important to provide an opportunity for our students to network with representatives of local institutions. In terms of direct benefits to Kentuckians, the training of public historians at UofL yields strong results. The Department of History continually works directly with, and routinely places people at, institutions within the state, and its general goals include development of a more robust historical culture in the Louisville metro area.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of California-Berkeley professor and civil rights educator john a. powell will talk about the national need for a “culture of belonging” during the Anne Braden Memorial Lecture at the University of Louisville.
The author’s free, public talk – “From Freedom Summer to Ferguson: Why We Need a New Culture of Belonging” – will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in The Playhouse, 1911 S. Third St., on the Belknap Campus. There will be a book sale and signing at the reception afterward.
UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research sponsors the eighth annual lecture; the lecture and institute are named for a Louisvillian active in the civil rights movement.
He also will participate in a 9 a.m.-11 a.m. “Research Meets Activism” breakfast discussion Nov. 11 at the Yearlings Club, 4309 W. Broadway. Scholars and activists have been invited to talk about “Overcoming Stereotypes and Unconscious Bias” in law, housing, education and media. Although the institute’s morning event is free, registration is required by Oct. 31.
At UC-Berkeley since 2012, powell is professor of law and African American and ethnic studies as well as the Robert Haas chancellor’s chair in equity and inclusion. He also directs its Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, which supports research leading to policy changes addressing disparities in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability and socioeconomics.
Previously, at The Ohio State University, he was executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and had the Gregory Williams chair in civil rights and civil liberties at the Moritz College of Law. He also founded and directed the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Race and Poverty and was the American Civil Liberties Union’s national legal director.
He has written several books including the most recent “Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.”
For more information, call Mariam Williams at 502-852-6142 or check www.louisville.edu/braden
Graduate Programs is pleased to announce its Fall 2014 Online Criminal Justice Grad Rankings according to students, enumerating the best graduate programs in the country based solely on ratings and reviews from current or recent graduate students posted on graduateprograms.com.
Program rankings, compiled using data gathered between September 1, 2012 and September 30, 2014, encompass reviews posted by more than 70,000 students participating in over 1,600 graduate programs nationwide. Ratings are based on a 10 star system (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best).
For a copy of our Top Rankings Badge & Seal, please click on the link.
For the rankings page, please click Online Criminal Justice Grad Rankings
The Top Online Criminal Justice Programsare listed below:
- Michigan State University
- University of Maryland
- Grand Canyon University
- Colorado Technical University
- Mississippi College
- Tiffin University
- Arizona State University
- Trine University
- University of California-Irvine
- University of Cincinnati
- Liberty University
- Regis University
- Stevenson University
- University of Louisville
- Boston University
- University of Phoenix
- University of Central Missouri
- New Mexico State University-Main Campus
- Jacksonville State University
- East Carolina University
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Niagara University
- Walden University
- American Public University System
- Capella University
Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms.
Graduateprograms.com assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and quality of network.
For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., “business and management”. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that program.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An astronomer on the team developing the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope will talk about the complex project and what it may yield during an Oct. 16 lecture at the University of Louisville.
Rogier Windhorst will give the free 2014 Bullitt Lecture in Astronomy at 6 p.m. in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. The annual lecture, “Beyond Hubble: From Exoplanets to First Stars with the James Webb Space Telescope,” and reception afterward are intended for the general public.
The professor is a member of the cosmology research group at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and an interdisciplinary scientist with the James Webb Space Telescope.
The new telescope, scheduled for a 2018 launch, is an orbiting infrared observatory intended to continue and expand the discoveries achieved by the Hubble telescope, which was launched in 1990 and is still operating.
The Webb telescope will have longer wavelength capability to look more deeply into space and will operate farther from Earth than the Hubble. The team hopes it will reveal information about how stars and planetary systems are formed.
UofL’s physics and astronomy department and the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium present the annual Bullitt lectures through an endowment established by the family of former U.S. Solicitor General William Marshall Bullitt.
For more information, contact Gerry Williger at 502-852-0821 or email@example.com
Three English department members have copies of their newly released books in hand and they nicely illustrate research interests from Anglo Saxon to Civil Rights to the popularity of zombies. The photo shows book covers for
- Aaron Jaffe, The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center
- Andrew Rabin, Political Writings of Archbishop Wulfstan of York
- Stephen Schneider, You Can't Padlock An Idea
Congratulations to them all.