A University of Louisville luncheon lecture series this fall will serve up research samplings ranging from modern U.S. work-family conflict to depictions of the Italian Renaissance, Egyptian monuments and Israeli kibbutz life.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Liberal Studies Project offer the monthly Meet the Professor series to highlight the college’s wide variety of cultural and research offerings.

The Thursday luncheon talks begn at noon in the University Club. Reservations are required, with $15 payment in cash or check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu no later than the Monday before each event.

Here are the fall 2015 talks:

Sept. 3 – “The Medici Moment: How a Family of Bankers Rose to Power and Made the Renaissance,” Christopher Fulton, art history. He will talk about how the Medicis’ rule of Florence for generations affected civic life, art and learning as well as whether they merely financed cultural projects or were more deeply influential in artistic and intellectual expression.

Oct. 1 – “Egypt After the Pharoahs,” Jennifer Westerfeld, history. She will examine the symbolism and fate of the country’s legendary monuments in a later time when Egypt was under Roman rule and the country’s Christian communities were responding to the legacy of the ancient past.

Nov. 5 – “Literary Generations and the Kibbutz Experiment,” Ranen Omer-Sherman, Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence endowed professor of Judaic studies. A founding member of a kibbutz in Israel, Omer-Sherman will discuss the depiction of the collective settlements in different genres and the communities’ role in understanding Israeli values and identity.

Dec. 3 – “More Rights, But Greater Expectations: Work-Family Conflict in Contemporary Women’s Lives,” Karen Christopher, sociology and women’s and gender studies. She will talk about her research on women in caring professions and examine gender, race and social class, concluding with social and policy changes that could help all workers better manage job-family conflict.

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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.