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Date Event
Fridays, Apr. 30 - Aug. 20, 2021 Garden Commons Summer Workdays
Fridays, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Garden Commons raised bedAll are welcome at our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons at the southwest corner of Strickler Hall, east of the Speed Art Museum Parking Garage, and across the walkway from the Biology Department's Korfhage Native Plant Garden! Join us to learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Friday at noon throughout the summer (Apr. 30 - Aug. 20) to plant, weed, water, and harvest. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. Face masks and physical distancing required to keep everyone safe as we emerge from the pandemic. The Garden Commons is open to participation any time from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on Facebook or Instagram. Facebook Event.
Every Sunday UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
Every Sunday, Noon-2pm
240 E. Bloom St. (one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook & Floyd Streets - map here)

UofL Community CompostingCome help us turn “trash” into treasure as we manage UofL’s volunteer-powered community composting operation. Dress to get dirty. Tools provided. Learn about worm composting and becoming a UofL EcoRep! All participants are welcome to haul home some rich UofL compost for gardening projects in your own containers/vehicle. This is a weekly service opportunity throughout the year. Contact: Brian Barnes, 502-338-1338.
May 1 - Sept. 30, 2021 Emily Coleman + new bike (2019 NBC winner)2021 National Bike Challenge
May 1st to September 30th, 2021

Saddle up and ride for Team UofL in the 2021 National Bike Challenge! Show your support for a healthy lifestyle and sustainable transportation. Register for the National Bike Challenge and Join Team UofL as an individual to compete against your peers. Simply log your trips by bicycle for fun, fitness, or transportation. Your miles and days cycled will qualify you for great prizes through Get Healthy Now, including the grand prize of a $400 voucher to a local bike shop, co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council! The National Bike Challenge is open to everyone, however the Get Healthy Now competition is restricted to UofL employees, retirees, and their spouses/qualifying adults. Check out our online resources for UofL Bicyclists - with handy maps, videos, and tips for getting around town care-free and car-free!Love To Ride banner
May 20, 2021 UofL Music Dean Teresa Reed: A Way Forward on Race
Thursday, May 20th at noon, hosted online by the Filson Historical Society talk will explore the patterns and habits that often make race a difficult topic to discuss. Reading excerpts from her forthcoming book, You're Likely Not a Racist: Answers for Curious White People, Teresa Reed will share both data from research and insights from her own life experience. She will explore the paradigm that perpetuates racial tension and will argue for a new paradigm that can bring understanding, healing, and hope. She will also address some of the awkward, but honest questions about race that White people are often afraid to ask. The outcome of her talk will be the sense that there is a path forward for all who seek diversity, equity, inclusion, and understanding. Teresa Reed holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University, where she studied in Music Theory, Music History and Literature, and African American History. She spent twenty-five years at The University of Tulsa, serving there as Professor of Music, Director of the School of Music, Associate Dean, and Director of the African American Studies Certificate. She has authored three books, two of which have won national awards. She currently serves as Dean of the School of Music at the University of Louisville. Her fourth book, You're Likely Not a Racist: Answers for Curious White People, is forthcoming later this year. Register for free online.
May 24, 2021 Becoming Anti-Racist: Color, White & Black
Monday, May 24th, 5pm, Zoom - Register here

Move beyond conversations about racism and into antiracist action by building a shared understanding of what it means to be an antiracist and how to take appropriate action as both individuals and collectively in order to foster a more equitable and inclusive community. Conversation topics are based on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's Bestselling text, "How To Be an Antiracist". Reading is not required for participation. A collaborative effort between the Office of Diversity Education & Inclusive Excellence, Office of the President, Senior Associate Vice President for Diversity & Equity, and Louisville Alumni. Register here.
June 4, 2021 Serviceberry Foraging Workshop
Friday, June 4th, noon, Garden Commons (SW of Strickler Hall)
Serviceberry ForagingBring a pail or Tupperware and get ready to load up on the sweetest "secret" right under our noses! Serviceberries (aka Juneberries) are native to Kentucky and they are planted all over the city as a common, low-maintenance street tree. The fruits are ripe for only two weeks around June 1st. They are similar to blueberries but a little bit nutty (the trees are in the almond family!). UofL's campus boasts many loaded serviceberries and during this special workshop, we will walk around to visit them all! Pick and take home as many as you can. Enjoy them fresh or freeze them for pies and smoothies year-round! Meetup at the Garden Commons and we'll go from there. Masks will be required and we’ll practice physical distancing to keep everyone safe. Facebook Event.

For inspiration, read Robin Wall Kimmerer's deeply insightful essay, The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance.

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