Monday Memo March 2, 2020


Farai Gonzo campus visit on March 3

Farai Gonzo is a journalist and scholar affiliated with the international Scholars at Risk network. She will visit the University of Louisville on March 3 to give a series of public presentations. Gonzo is an international award-winning journalist who worked at the Zimbabwean Broadcasting Corporation. She wound up as an enemy of the state for critical reporting of the government. During her visit to UofL, she will tell the story of the interrogation, imprisonment, and torture she received that forced her to leave her country and find refuge in Canada. 

9:30 - 10:30 AM             
Structured Discussion with Faculty and Students: “Zimbabwe Before and After Independence” / Facilitator: Prof. Andreas Elpidorou (Philosophy) / Location: Humanities 300
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM            
Conversation with Kent/SPHIS and other faculty and students: “Intersectionality of Zimbabwean Women's Health: Tradition, Science, Religion and Politics” / Facilitator: Prof. Lesley Harris (Kent School of Social Work) / Location: Shumaker 139
4:00 - 5:00 PM 
Public Lecture: “Media in Zimbabwe: My Experience as a Journalist, Why I Fled Zimbabwe and My Journey to Canada” / Location: Humanities100

In Memoriam: Prof. Stephen Schultz (1937-2020)

Theatre Arts notes with sadness the recent death of former chair and colleague, Prof. Stephen Schultz. Prof. Schultz retired in 2001. Born in 1937, he was a man of wide interests, profound understanding, and ethical seriousness. He was also a puller of faces and lover of silliness, a tall and strong man with a rich, booming voice. He had a lifelong engagement with the church; his other joys included art, music, dogs, poetry, American history, Sherlock Holmes, psychology, early cinema, Ireland, cooking, and family. Steve is survived by his wife Eleanor Schultz and her brother Brooks Rainbolt; his first wife Ann Prentice; his brother John Schultz (Lois) and family; his children Charles Schultz (Jayne), Jeff Noe (Laura), and Jennifer Noe (Kyle McCall); and his grandchildren Lydia Schultz and Ella Noe.

The Department of Theatre Arts plans to commemorate Steve at a future date. Details will be communicated when they are confirmed.

Great Place to Learn

Woodcock Nominations due 3/17

The Woodcock Medal is considered the most prestigious recognition of accomplishment by an undergraduate student in the College of Arts & Sciences. The medal is awarded each year to “an outstanding senior whose personal characteristics and superior scholarship give promise of constructive leadership in society.”

The A&S Honors Thesis Committee selects the nominee for the Woodcock Medal on the basis of a student's record and at the recommendation of members of the faculty. Students completing summa projects are often strong candidates but faculty members are also encouraged to nominate exceptional students who did not choose to engage in a summa project. Please note that students will be considered only if we receive letters of nomination/support from members of the faculty. We do not limit the number of letters that can be submitted.

Students eligible for nomination include those who graduated in December 2019 and those who will graduate in May 2020. Letters of nomination due to Joy Hart via email or campus mail (University Honors Program, Etscorn Honors Center) by Tuesday, March 17th.

Voting open for Study Abroad Photo Contest

Voting closes March 3 at 5 PM
It is time to vote in the 2020 A&S Study Abroad Photo Contest! All submissions are from A&S Majors or Minors who studied abroad in 2019. Seven winners will receive a gift certificate from Murphy’s Camera, a gift from A&S, and a foam board print of his or her winning photo.

Great Place to Work

Kentucky View/ULCGIS Geospatial Workshops for Educators

March 27, 2020; To register

Workshop 1: Introduction to GIS using ArcGIS Pro, 8:00 – 10:00 AM, Helton GIS Lab
Instructor: Mr. Bob Forbes GISP
GIS Overview; data resources, display, and query; map output; class lab

Workshop 2: Introduction to Story Maps – 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM, Helton GIS Lab
Instructor: Mr. DJ Biddle GISP
Story map functionality; building the map; class lab

*Lunch: 12:15PM - 1:30PM (Box lunches/Drinks)

Workshop 3: Introduction to UAV’s – 1:30PM – 3:30pm – Helton Lab/SAC
Instructors: Dr. Andrea Gaughan, Dr. Forrest Stevens, Mr. DJ Biddle GISP
Basics of remote sensing; brief history of UAVs; UAV platforms; applications in UAV; UAV hands-on flight training

Prof. Biberman's memoir published in Spanish

Kudos to Prof. Matthew Biberman (English), whose 2009 memoir Big Sid's Vincati was recently released in Spanish translation. "It is a delight for an author to see his work in translation," says Biberman, "and even sweeter to see it appear over a decade after its initial publication in English." An Italian translation is forthcoming.

Register for Green Threads Workshop

Applications (with chair’s approval) due March 18.
Interested in weaving themes of ecological, social, and economic stewardship into your courses? The Sustainability Council invites full- or part-time faculty and GTA Academy members from all disciplines to participate in the 2020 Green Threads workshop. We’ll explore ways to embed sustainability into your curriculum. You’ll receive a $500 honorarium, course development resources, information on local sustainability issues, and a network of colleagues from across UofL. Application and details.

"Slave Hounds and Abolition in the Americas" most-read History article in the world

Kudos to Prof. Charlton Yingling (History), whose co-authored article "Slave Hounds and Abolition in the Americas," published in February's Past & Present (Oxford University Press), ranked as the most-read History article in the world over the past two months per The article abstract has circulated organically to about 765,000 individual accounts on Twitter.  It is available to download here for free.

Diversity & Inclusion

DEI Workshop Series

The A&S Office for Diversity & Community Engagement is excited to present the A&S Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Series.These workshops are designed to meet the needs and interests of different members of the A&S community, with three different tracks. In each workshop, we will create space for dialogue around issues and topics that have arisen in our community and that are of importance to us and our students. 

The DEI in the Workplace track is open to all A&S employees.

The DEI for Academic Leaders track is open to anyone who considers themselves an academic leader (e.g. Department Chairs, Program Directors, Dean's Senior Staff, committee chairs, and supervisors/managers). 

DEI in the Classroom is open to any instructor, whether faculty or graduate student, in A&S. (Please note: as this program is happening during Finals Week, it will allow instructors to begin thinking about plans for their summer or fall classes.)  

Registration encouraged but not required.


Meet the Professor: Louisville’s Urban Heat Island: More Than Just Hot Air

Thursday, March 5, 12-1 PM, University Club
$15, $10 for students. Includes lunch.

Over the past decade, Louisville’s urban heat island has received significant local and national attention. Several studies have identified Louisville as having one of the fastest growing heat islands in the country.

While many residents realize that Louisville is warmer than the surrounding rural areas, the impact of the city extends far beyond temperature. Prof. Jason Naylor (Geography and Geosciences) will discuss the impact Louisville has on local rainfall, thunderstorms, and even severe weather events. To register, email Janna Tajibaeva or call .852-2247

In the News

What Mike Bloomberg Got Wrong About Redlining and the Financial Crisis (CityLab, 2/13/20) A 2011 paper co-authored by Prof. John Gilderbloom (Urban & Public Affairs) referenced. 

LMPD Announces Training, Procedure Changes In Wake Of KyCIR Investigation (WFPL, 2/26/20) Southern Police Institute mentioned. 

At U of L’s Cressman Center, Peter Williams’ Work Uses Joyful Colors To Tackle Black Incarceration (WFPL, 2/27/20) - Prof. Chris Reitz (Fine Arts) quoted.

UofL hosting ACC Student Leadership Symposium (UofL News, 2/27/20) - A&S student Elayne Harrington quoted.