Monday Memo September 14, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Required testing has been extended through Friday, September 18. Sign upfor a testing time at one of the two testing sites still available this week (University Club Ballroom and HSC Abell Building) if you have not been tested since August 24.


Winter Break dates announced

The University will shut down for Winter Break this year from Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, through Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. Next year, UofL will shut down from Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, through Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.

PBK Fall Panel: Can the Constitution Survive the Pandemics of 2020?

September 15, 2020, 7 PM; Zoom
Phi Beta Kappa of Kentuckiana is pleased to host a panel discussion addressing a key question of our time: Can the U.S. Constitution survive the pandemics (note the plural) that currently face us? The panel will feature three speakers who teach Constitutional Law at the University of Louisville: Prof. Jasmine Farrier (Political Science. Vice President for University Advancement); Prof. Samuel Marcosson (Brandeis School of Law); and Prof. Cedric Powell (Brandeis School of Law). Moderator: Honorable Fred Cowan (former Kentucky Attorney General, current Kentucky Circuit Court Judge). Free but registration required.

Hannah Coulter book discussion

September 28, 6:30-7:45 PM
As part of the Kentucky Reads program, Prof. Ann Hall (Comparative Humanities) will lead several discussions across the state on Wendell Berry's book Hannah Coulter. Hall will speak to the "Fourth Monday Book Club" at the Bullitt County Public Library.

Great Place to Learn

Graphic Design student's logo chosen for bicentennial

Junior Hite Art Institute student Ava Becker's design was selected as the winning logo to represent Columbus, Indiana's bicentennial

“They were looking for submissions for a logo that encapsulated Columbus and its 200 years of history,” Becker said. “I referred to things that I learned about graphic designer Paul Rand in my ‘Typography and History of Graphic Design’ classes with Leslie Friesen and Steve Skaggs.”

Students work to enact change in higher ed

For the first time, students will have a say in what changes and improvements should be made by the Council on Postsecondary Education. Four UofL students (three from A&S) will join the CPE student advisory group: Priyadarshini Chandrashekhar (Biology), Noah Young (Political Science), and Rachel Burns (History). Full article here. Great Place to Work

New book from Lee Dugatkin

Congratulations to Prof. Lee Dugatkin (Biology) on the publication of Behind the Crimson Curtain: The Rise and Fall of Peale's Museum on Butler Books.

In 1786, Charles Willson Peale created the most important, and most famous, museum in Revolutionary-era America. A fusion of natural history and art, Peale's Philadelphia Museum was meant to be an embodiment of the Enlightenment. Behind the Crimson Curtain provides a unique window into science, art, and the Enlightenment in early America, and how these fed the appetites of a public hungry for "rational entertainment."

Virtual appointments available at Writing Center 

The University Writing Center serves all UofL faculty, staff, and students. During the fall 2020 semester, the Writing Center is open for virtual consultations. Virtual appointment options are “written feedback” and “live video chat.” Written feedback is a typed, written response to a draft. A live video chat is a real-time video chat with a consultant. Visit the website to learn more, schedule consultations, browse our resources, and request virtual class visits.

Yoga Classes Available

Beginner Mat Yoga
Mondays & Wednesdays: 12:00-12:50 PM
SAC E Gym and/or virtually (Teams)

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+1 502-792-9582
Conference ID: 902 560 609#

Early Morning Yoga Series
Mondays through Oct. 6: 8:05-8:45 AM
South SAC Plaza (Rain site: RedBarn) and/or virtually (Teams)
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+1 502-792-9582
Conference ID: 880 206 480#

Tuesdays: 7:45-8:15 AM
South SAC Plaza (Rain site: Red Barn) and/or virtually (Teams)
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+1 502-792-9582 
Conference ID: 671 343 511#

Virtual Chair Yoga
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 3:00-3:15 PM
Virtual Only
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Conference ID: 740 374 385#

PEACCful Yoga Series
Oct. 5th: 6:00-6:45 PM; Nov. 5th: 12:30 -1:15 PM; Dec. 7th: 6:00-6:45 PM

VIRTUAL on Instagram Live @UofLPEACC or email for Microsoft Teams information

This is a trauma-informed class. Throughout this practice, participants will be invited to notice the connection between breath, movement, and sensation. We will focus on tactile connections with our own space and provide space for the non-judgmental exploration of sensations.

Broga (Men's Yoga) 
Thursdays through Oct. 1: 5:30-6:15 PM
SRC (3rd Floor Basketball Court) (in-person only)

This is a 45-minute class geared towards men of all skill levels (it’s ok if you can’t touch your toes). This class will focus on learning basic yoga poses and different breathing techniques to explore the mind, body & soul.

In the News

UofL psychology professor says sports are crucial for social, mental health (WAVE3, 8/31/20) Prof. Judith Danovitch (Psychology) discusses the benefits of sports for children's mental health.

Uncut and unedited: Livestreamers have become a key cog in the Louisville protests (Courier-Journal, 9/2/20) Prof. Dewey Clayton (Political Science) mentioned. 

100 days of Breonna Taylor protests have gained attention. Now, Black leaders want investment (Courier-Journal, 9/4/20) UofL Center for Environmental Policy and Management referenced. More Monday Memo?

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Anti-Racism in A&S

Statements After an Arrest Under the Immortality Act: A Play by Athol Fugard

September 18 & 19, 8 PM

Set in apartheid South Africa, Statements dramatizes a love affair considered illegal by the state because it transgresses racial boundaries. With Professors Baron Kelly, Melissa Shepherd, and Brandon Meeks. Directed by Prof. Russell Vandenbroucke. Presented in conjunction with the UofL Department of Theatre Arts. Register for free here.


Garden Commons Workdays

Thursdays, 12:00 PM
The Sustainability Council has relaunched weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons in its new location at the southwest corner of Strickler Hall, east of the Speed Art Museum Parking Garage, and across the walkway from the Biology department's Korfhage Native Plant Garden!

Join us to learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits!