Fall Semester 2010

The UofL NETWORK's theme for this Fall semester will examine 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 welcomes 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.

Thursday, September 30, 2010 ~ 12:00pm at the University Club

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.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 ~ 12:00pm at the University Club

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.

Thursday, November 18, 2010 ~ 12:00pm at the University Club

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!

Cost of each luncheon dialogue is $12.00 @ person.
Reservations are accepted by contacting Dr. Linda L. Wilson at llwils01@louisville.edu or 852-0274 or Marian Vasser at marian.vasser@louisville.edu or 852-2252.