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A&S All Stars series kicks off before Saturday kickoffs

by Judy Hughes, communications and marketing last modified Aug 11, 2014 11:11 AM

The University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences will launch public game-day educational programs featuring the academic expertise of its own “A&S All Stars.”

A&S All Stars series kicks off before Saturday kickoffs

Sept. 6 is the date to learn more about The Thinker statue at UofL.

Organizers hope football fans will kick off their home-game Saturdays at the morning events in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium, which co-sponsors the series. Guests can enjoy complimentary Heine Brothers’ coffee at 9:30 a.m. and presentations at 10 a.m.

More information and registration links are at Each event is $10 for the general public; $8 for UofL alumni, faculty and staff; and free for UofL students who register. People who subscribe and pay for the four-event series will receive four daylong parking passes ($20 value) to use on those game days for the Speed Art Museum garage on Third Street.

Here’s the fall A&S All Stars lineup:

            Sept. 6 – “Thinking Power: An Artistic Masterpiece at UofL.” Art historian Christopher Fulton takes a look at the history and meaning of the iconic, recently restored statue of The Thinker that graces the entrance of Grawemeyer Hall (UofL vs. Murray State). 

           Sept. 27 – “The Evolution of Goodness: Why Are Animals and Humans Ever Nice?” Evolutionary biologist Lee Dugatkin discusses how goodness figures into a “survival of the fittest” world and why the continuing question has embroiled science, philosophy, religion and politics (UofL vs. Wake Forest).

            Oct. 18 – “Presidential All-Stars: From the Sports Arena to the White House.” Barbara Perry, University of Virginia political scientist, U.S. presidential scholar and the 2014 Alumni Fellow for the College of Arts and Sciences, presents a multimedia look at how presidents have used athletics to boost their political images (Homecoming – UofL vs. North Carolina State).

            Nov. 29 – “Game Theory: The Politics of Race and Sport.” Political scientist Ricky Jones, Pan-African studies department chair, tackles how black athletes have transformed their sports and thus affected society (UofL vs. University of Kentucky).

For more information, contact Lindsey Brown Ronay at 502-852-3252 or

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