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Whether you have been out of school for a while and miss the learning experience, or you're thinking of starting college - or returning to finish your degree - LFPL's MyLibraryUniversity wants to connect YOU to new, free learning opportunities.


LFPL's Short Courses are taught like real college courses by professors and experts in their fields. Some will require reading and encourage field trips. All will be free and open to anyone with no academic background required.

A Social History of the U.S.-Mexico Border Short Course

Main Library | Tuesdays, September 3-24, 6:30 p.m.

US/Mexico Border Short Course coming in September to the Main Library

A Social History of the U.S.-Mexico Border, a four-week Short Course presented by Katherine Massoth, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Louisville, will provide snapshots of the historical roots of the current daily reality shaping the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. The border has long been a site of economic trade, political conquest, cultural exchange, and conflict from the 16th century to the present day. At the same time, the border has had many different and contradictory national, economic, and cultural meanings. This course offers a broad overview of the many issues that have shaped the current political and social landscape along the border.

This Short Course is presented in collaboration with UofL’s Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, and is free and open to the public. Registration is requested; patrons can call (502) 574-1623 to sign up.



LFPL's Fast Classes are one-time educational events taught by local experts. Some explore current events, literature, and science; others teach practical skills and history. #LFPLFastClass 

Violins of Hope Lunch and Learn

Main Library | Friday, October 18, 12:00 p.m.

The Violins of Hope

The Violins of Hope are a collection of more than 50 restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. These instruments have survived concentration camps, pogroms and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival. During this (BYO) lunch-and-learn program, Avshi Weinstein, son and partner of luthier and project founder Amnon Weinstein, will speak about the project and one of the violins will be used for a live performance featuring a violinist from the Louisville Orchestra.

The program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Call (502) 574-1623 to reserve your spot.


19th Century Literature on the Ohio River

Main Library | Thursday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.

The Violins of Hope

In the 1850s, the Ohio River separated Kentucky from its northern neighbors, where slavery was outlawed but African Americans were hardly free. In this context, the river became the location for various stories—some fictional, some true—of daring escapes and precarious refuge. In this class, UofL professor Susan Ryan will focus on the famous crossing scene from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the real-life story of Margaret Garner’s flight from Kentucky to Ohio (on which Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved is based), both of which involved mothers escaping slavery with young children. The class is free, but registration is requested; call (502) 574-1623.

Presented in collaboration with the University of Louisville Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society and Afloat: An Ohio River Way of Life.


Last Updated: 09/13/2019