Check out these great upcoming events that help keep UofL ~sustainable~

squarecardadnewFINAL WEEK OF Ecolympics 2017
This is your last chance to get in the running to win a bicycle (or $400 bike shop voucher) for Ecolympics 2017! Through the end of RecycleMania! on April 1st, post photos of yourself taking green actions on social media using the hashtag #ULecolympics2017 and tag @uoflsustainable. The person posting the most green actions will win! Any sustainable action counts: recycling, composting, donating reusable items, riding a bike or bus, carpooling, buying local, taking the stairs, unplugging, turning off lights, TVs & devices, air-drying laundry & choosing the cold setting, taking shorter showers, etc.


Islamophobia and Race Symposium
Monday, March 27th, 9am-5:30pm, Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium

Come examine rising discrimination against Muslims in the United States and the effects seen in recent elections, travel bans and anti-Muslim organizations. Scholars with expertise in law, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies will share their views on topics ranging from the increase in anti-Muslim fringe groups to the racialization of religion since 9/11. Organizers intend for the discussions to appeal to the general public, especially community members from religious, academic, international, nonprofit, civil rights and peace and justice groups. Three panel discussions will focus on:

  • Race, Religion and Power: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (9:30am-noon). Speakers will be Sahar Aziz, law, Texas A&M University; Greg Hutcheson, Spanish, UofL; and Junaid Rana, Asian American studies, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.
  • Representations, Mobilizations and the Media (1:30-3:30pm). Speakers will be Christopher Bail, sociology, Duke University; and Evelyn Alsultany, Arab and Muslim American studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
  • Islamophobia and Racism on the Ground (3:45-5:30pm). Speakers will be Donna Auston, anthropology, Rutgers University; and Louise Cainkar, sociology, Marquette University.

All lectures are free and open to the public. This event is presented by UofL’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, generously funded by the Snowy Owl Foundation and co-sponsored by UofL’s Liberal Studies Project, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, and the Department of Anthropology. More information online here, or call 502-852-8977.


Garden Commons Workdays 
Mondays, Jan. 16th – Apr. 24th, 1-2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL’s organic garden for our group workdays! Learn (by doing) how to grow vegetables all year-round in our greenhouse, aquaponics system, and outdoor beds! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we’ll gather together every Monday at 1pm from Jan. 16th to Apr. 24th. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. 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 our Facebook Page.


Green Landscape Management Equipment Expo
Tuesday, March 28th, 12:30-2:00pm, UofL Grounds Shop (1820 Arthur St, enter lot from Floyd St at black screened fence)
Come see green-powered (non-gasoline/diesel) equipment and see how advanced “clean” has become. Feel it, use it, drive it and talk with representatives.
12:30-1pm Meet and Greet
1-2pm Presentations and Roundtable Discussion
Sponsored by the Green Grounds/Spaces and Maintenance Equipment Team of the Partnership for a Green City.


Hill Street Blues?! Public Meetings on Redesign
Thursday, March 30th, 11:30am-1:30pm & 5-7pm, Ekstrom Library Room W210 (directions)
Members of the university community and the public are encouraged to join us for this discussion with Metro Public Works about plans to repave and reconfigure an important corridor on the edge of Belknap Campus: Hill Street from 1st St to Meriwether Ave. The city is seeking input on how this corridor could be reconfigured to make it safer for all road users, including drivers, transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians. Bring your ideas and come prepared to comment on the options that will be presented. You are also encouraged to participate in Bicycling For Louisville’s advocacy survey to gauge public opinion about this and other potential projects in the coming months and years.


13th Documentary Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday, March 30th, 5:30pm, Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium
Join us for a free screening of Ava Duvurnay’s 13th, an Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary featuring scholars, activists and politicians analyzing the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. The film offers a thought-provoking look at the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States, and will be followed by a panel discussion. This program is co-sponsored by the UofL Department of Philosophy, Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society, and Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium.


Sustainability Roundtable: Metro Office of Sustainability
Friday, March 31st, 11am-noon, 
Life Sciences Room 135
Please join us for UofL’s Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am January 20th through April 14th! On March 31st, we’ll hear from Maria Koetter, Director of the Office of Sustainability (Louisville Metro Government), providing a Program Overview and Q&A. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability (or social-ecological resilience) can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Daniel DeCaro.