Previous NETWORK Series Topics


October 22, 2015

Fear or Racism:  A discussion on how our fears can affect our perception of others.  How do we overcome those fears and biases?


The theme for the Fall 2010 semester examined how the arts and music supports critical thinking and how arts and culture connect diverse populations and share common experiences, enhance their cultural competencies by learning new perspectives that impact their discipline, and understand each other better, etc. The University of Louisville welcomed all members of the campus and the Greater Metropolitan Louisville community to our UofL NETWORK luncheons to engage in spirited dialogue and share divergent perspectives in a safe, inclusive environment.

September 30, 2010

The luncheon dialogue speaker will be Professor Gerald “Jerry” Tolson, Music Education and Jazz Studies, School of Music at University of Louisville. He will speak on, "Jazz ~ It’s Not Your Father’s Word or World: Reflections on the Racial, Social, Historical and Educational Aspects of American Music”. He directs instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles, coordinator of the UofL’s Jazz Fest week and the 2010 Presidential Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award winner.

  • The value of music study aids in our ability to learn.
    We teach the “Alphabet Song” to our pre-schoolers and they never forget the tune. When one receives, imagines, comprehends and evaluates in the context of learning the Music TEKS develop strong skills of analysis, interpretation and elaboration. Musical achievement requires many different kinds of thinking and become adept at applying tools of critical thinking and to confidently approach and solve problems in numerous ways.
  • Seek opportunities to grow professionally in an effort to identify and seek solutions to the historical persistence of unequal educational opportunities regarding race, class, sexuality and ability.
  • Identify major influences of groups in society on a pluralistic culture; develop problem solving and critical thinking skills by analyzing social issues; examine power relations and multicultural societies within their disciplines for students.

October 28, 2010

Ideas to Action (i2a): Using Critical Thinking to Foster Student learning and Community Engagement will be the focus of the luncheon dialogue on October 28, 2010. Ideas to Action (i2a) initiative is designed to sharpens our focus on building undergraduate students' critical thinking skills. Critical thinking is the art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a view to improving the critical thinking skill and the arts with a focus to foster critical thinking as a habit of mind.

Through this luncheon dialogue, learn more about critical thinking and the arts… The arts and music has the power to change lives, and changing lives is the outcome sought from our educational system and a method of enhancing the quality of our lives. Educators from every level should take advantage of this opportunity to enhance life- long learning and education in the classroom.

November 18, 2010

The luncheon dialogue speaker will be UofL medical librarian, PAS faculty, librettist, poet, playwright, theatrical producer, and actor, John Chenault who penned an opera about the boxing legend Joe Louis, Shadowboxer, An opera based on the life of Joe Louis reflecting critical thinking and the arts. Chenault is a 1972 Emmy award nominee for Young Men Grow Older and received the National Conference of Christian and Jews Brotherhood Award, 2010 for the play.

Critical thinking and the arts allowed Chenault “to bring something so physical and intense as boxing with something so intense and emotional as opera.”

An opera in 2 acts, Shadowboxer explores the many facets of the life of this internationally revered boxing icon, focusing on the man inside the legend. It looks through and beyond the image of the “Brown Bomber”, the millionaire prize fighter and the great Black hope, to find the humble Black man from the red soil of Lafayette, Alabama, who took on the world with his fists and won a place in history”.

Come to these informative and enlightening luncheon dialogues which examine how the arts and music supports critical thinking and how a medical librarian and music educator have utilized critical thinking and the arts in their lives and connected diverse aspects of culture. Bring a friend and network with others!

Presumption of Incompetence

Thursday, April 21, 2011 ~ 12:00pm at the University Club

The luncheon dialogue speaker will be Dr. Sharon Moore, Kent School of Social Work and her UofL colleagues who authored a chapter in her newly edited book, Dilemmas of Black Faculty at Predominantly White Institutions in the United States: Issues of the Post-Multicultural Era.  Also included in the text is a chapter authored by a former UofL faculty member.

The text encompasses the physical, psychological, spiritual, social, and legal issues confronting African American faculty who teach at white academic institutions.  This text will be particularly relevant for the University of Louisville culture since the University is a predominantly white higher education institution (PWI), located in a “Adams state”… The Kentucky Plan by providing an opportunity to listen to the voices of African American faculty in preparation to enhance the campus climate and educational process for future students.

Black Louisville in Pictures and Words

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The luncheon dialogue speakers include Mervin Aubespin, retired Courier Journal Associate Editor; Kenneth Clay, free-lance arts consultant and Dr. Blaine Hudson, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences. The authors will discuss their new book, Two Centuries of Black Louisville: A Photographic History”.

Three years in the making, the book combines the first comprehensive historical overview of African Americans in Louisville with the most extensive collection of images related to black Louisville collected. This is a wonderful book which illustrates the depth and richness of the black Louisville community to date.

Jazz ~ It's Not Your Father's Word or World: Reflections on the Racial, Social, Historical and Educational Aspects of American Music

January 20, 2011

The 2010 Presidential Exemplary Multicultural Teaching award winner, Professor Gerald “Jerry” Tolson, Music Education/Jazz Studies and coordinator of the annual UofL Jazz Fest. Tolson will discuss how music enhances critical thinking and analysis skills so necessary in our global and technical society as well as the racial, social, historical and educational aspects of American music and in Jazz.