Centers and Institutes

Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research

The mission of the Anne Braden Institute is to bridge the gap between academic research and community activism for social justice. To do so, we stimulate and support interdisciplinary scholarship on social movements, citizen participation, public policy reforms, and social, racial, gender and economic justice.

Center for Asian Democracy

The mission of the Center for Asian Democracy is to promote research and teaching about democracy and the prospects for democratization in Central, South, Southeast and East Asia. Through publications, conferences, workshops, visiting scholars programs, colloquia, and research projects in Asian countries, the Center creates a forum for studying political dynamics in this vital region. The Center is funded by a $5 million appropriation from the Federal Governement and a $1 million match from the University of Louisville. The Center currently has about 20 full time Faculty Affiliates from different disciplinary backgrounds.

Center for Geographic Information Systems

The University of Louisville Center for Geographic Information Systems (ULCGIS) was established in 1996, and is located on Belknap Campus in Lutz Hall. As an integral part of the Department of Geography and Geosciences, the facilities of the ULCGIS are available to faculty, students and staff, and are used to assist other university departments in research and mapping. The Center offers training, software, data sources and other services.

Center for Regulatory and Environmental Analytical Metabolomics

The Center for Regulatory and Environmental Analytical Metabolomics (CREAM) will develop cutting-edge methodologies and approaches for the emerging metabolomic and system biochemical research. This area of research has the promise of revolutionizing biological research in the 21st century for the ability to resolve biological complexity. Thus, metabolomic development will find applications in a broad array of pressing societal problems ranging from human health, biotechnology, to environmental pollution and ecosystem health.

Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society

The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society is charged with enhancing humanistic scholarship, research, creative activity, teaching, and public awareness at the University of Louisville, in the Louisville metropolitan area and, in collaboration with other universities, colleges, and humanities organizations, throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Cressman Center for Visual Arts

A new downtown center houses the university's glass and sculpture programs thanks to a $1 million commitment by retired physicians and art collectors Elizabeth and Frederick Cressman to launch the center. The 12,000-square-foot Cressman Center for Visual Arts is located at First and Main streets. The center features a creative laboratory approach to three-dimensional art in glass (hotshop and coldworking), wood and metal and offers exhibition galleries and a seminar room. Street-level windows allow the public to watch artists work.

Hite Art Institute

The mission of the Hite Art Institute is to remain in the forefront of the art world, to inspire critical thinking, promote a diversity of perspectives, and engage in the most current scholarship in art history, theory, studio art, and curatorial practices.

The Hite Endowment has allowed the department to continue to excel by providing support for academic programs, library acquisitions, student scholarships, faculty and student research, visiting artists and scholars, and exhibitions.

Institute for Intercultural Communication

The mission of the Institute for Intercultural Communication is to promote the study of intercultural communication as it pertains to the 21st Century.  The institute publishes an online journal, online monographs, and online textbooks, and is the host site for the International Association for IAiCS, The International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies.

Southern Police Institute

The Southern Police Institute, which is a division of the Department of Criminal Justice, is an advanced education and training institute with the mission to enhance the professional development of law enforcement practitioners. The Institute accomplishes this mission by providing educational and career development programs that are designed to challenge and to prepare law enforcement practitioners for the demands of today and tomorrow. The Southern Police Institute consistently is ranked among the top law enforcement educational and training schools in the nation. Since the creation of the Southern Police Institute in 1951, its program of instruction has been grounded in the belief that law enforcement is a demanding activity requiring the highest level of professional preparation.

Urban Studies Institute

The Urban Studies Institute is an applied social policy and economic research center serving the Louisville metropolitan area and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Faculty and students in Urban and Public Affairs work closely with USI staff and maintain offices in the USI facility.

Several research centers are housed within USI:

The Writing Center

The University Writing Center offers one-on-one consultations, workshops, and other services to assist members of the UofL community in improving their writing. The University Writing Center, which is a part of the English Department, is located in Ekstrom Library and is open to all UofL students, faculty, and staff. The Writing Center also hosts writing groups and events to support and sustain a culture of writing on campus. The University Writing Center is also a site for research on Writing Center theory and practice and are committed to being part of ongoing scholarly conversations about the teaching of writing.