Civil rights history, women’s leadership and West Louisville economic development will be the topics for the University of Louisville-Yearlings Club spring discussion series, which concludes in April with the presentation of community service awards.

The UofL College of Arts and Sciences’ international, diversity and engagement programs office is offering the free, public talks in partnership with the Yearlings at the civic club’s 4309 W. Broadway location. The series seeks to bring faculty members and the public together to discuss issues, share expertise and forge common bonds.

The events run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. monthly on Sundays from September through April unless otherwise indicated.

The spring events are:

Jan. 21 – “A Report on Important Economic Development Initiatives in West Louisville,” panel discussion featuring the Rev. Kevin Cosby, Simmons College of Kentucky president; Portland Investment Initiative founder Gill Holland; and Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Louisville Forward chief, with UofL management professor Nat Irvin as moderator. (6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday)

Feb. 21– “Preserving History and Culture: A Reflection on the Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail,” in partnership with The Filson Historical Society, the panel discussion about preserving civil rights history sites will include Raoul Cunningham, NAACP Louisville chapter president, and Kirk Bright, student activist, with UofL history department chair Tracy K’Meyer as moderator.

March 20 – “Women’s History Month,” a salute to female leaders in business, government and the community.

April 17– “Annual Community Spirit Awards,” reception honoring this year’s honors given to distinguished citizens for their service.

The Yearlings Club Inc. was established in 1951 and its members include representatives from corporate, government and private organizations. The club is devoted to promoting civic responsibility, community service and leadership development.

For more information, contact Clest Lanier at 502-852-3042 or cvlani01@louisville.edu

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Judy Hughes
Judy Hughes is a communications and marketing specialist for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she works in media relations and contributes to news about the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and Kent School of Social Work. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.