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The Saturday Academy offers a broad range of topics and programs, serving a diverse group of participants.

Built on Diversity

The Saturday Academy, although based in western Louisville, attracts people from all across the metropolitan area who vary in age, income, ethnicity and educational attainment.

The history lectures offered by Dr. Blaine Hudson, Saturday Academy Director and Dean of A & S, rotate thematically to include perspectives on Africa, African Americans, Race, Black Louisville, Slavery and the Slave Trade.

Since 2006, Bani Hines-Hudson has expanded the scope  of the Saturday Academy to include after-history sessions, women summits, and youth forums that feature presenters from the campus, community and out-of-state.  Topics have included:

  • Education: Future of Student Assignment Plan; Applications for Black Studies; What Gets in the Way of Student Success;Teachers of the Law; A K-8 Resource; A School-to-Prison Pipeline?
  • Social Action: Climate Change; Elder Care-giving; Justice for Women; Housing; Healthcare; Environmental Justice; Prisoners Rights.
  • Intercultural: Black-Jewish Relations; Anne Braden Institute; Palestinian Update; Thomas Merton 101; Native Americans & Blacks; The Cultural Politics of Music in the 1960’s; African in America; Brazil; African Links with Classical Greece and Rome; Afro-Colombians.
  • Black Heritage: African Americans in War of 1812; Genealogy; Black Neighborhoods in Jefferson County; Black Club Movement in Louisville; Blacks in the Labor Movement; Blacks in Math & Science; Black Church History; African Philosophy; The Derby and Black History
  • Race/Racism: Abolitionism; Bi-racial Blues; Black Images in Media; Being White; The Gates Incident; Racial Profiling; Medicine and Black History; Hurricane Katrina; Study of Crime & Justice in Black Communities; Misrepresenting History; Baseball as Raceball.
  • Sexuality:  Silence—Killing Us Softly; Black Sexuality and Black History; From Closet to Community; Sex Offenders; Marketing Sexual Consumerism.
  • Politics:  Reflections on Elections; Kentucky Black Legislators; Black Political and Social Thought; Congressman Yarmuth Reports; Journey to Judge.
  • Other Themes: Black Women; UofL Art and Culture Partnership; Health Issues; Dr. Martin Luther King; Coretta Scott King and Fairness; Theater; Domestic Violence.


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