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Brush up on Shakespeare; tour civil rights landmarks

by Judy Hughes, communications and marketing last modified Jun 05, 2014 04:00 PM

The University of Louisville’s campuses aren’t the only places to learn from its professors. Its College of Arts and Sciences is offering two public summer field trips related to civil rights and to William Shakespeare.

  • “A&S Faculty Field Trip: Civil Rights Tour of Louisville” will be a June 19 bus tour of local sites significant to the 20th century movement. Cate Fosl, director of UofL’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, will lead the 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. tour occurring on the Juneteenth commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Fosl, an associate professor of women’s and gender studies, also is author of “Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South” and co-author of “Freedom on the Border: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky.”

Tour participants will start at Freedom Park at Cardinal Boulevard between Second and Third streets on UofL’s Belknap Campus. Bus stops will range from the Braden home and Muhammad Ali’s boyhood home to the Western Branch Library and churches. The group will get off the bus in Chickasaw Park for a 1960s-style picnic dinner. The $20 event includes the boxed picnic dinner and transportation; registration is required at

  •  “A&S Faculty Field Trip: Shakespeare in the Park’s ‘Hamlet’,” will begin with a pre-play discussion at 6:30 p.m. July 12 led by English professor Julia Dietrich, who teaches classes on the author’s works as well as medieval literature, culture and rhetoric.

The discussion will be at Quills Coffee at Cardinal Towne, 327 W. Cardinal Blvd. Then the group will walk to nearby Central Park for Kentucky Shakespeare’s 8 p.m. outdoor “Hamlet” production. The event is free but registration is required at

For more information, contact Claire Pope at 502-852-6490 or

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