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In Conversation with Alanna Nash and Will Oldham

Main Library | Thursday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.

In Conversation with Alanna Nash and Will Oldham

Renowned songwriter and performer Will Oldham and celebrated music journalist Alanna Nash share a hometown (Louisville, of course), a love of Kentucky music, and a penchant for insightful observation. In this on-stage conversation, Oldham and Nash will delve into their long careers and reflect on growing up in love with music in Louisville.

To register, call our ticket line at (502) 574-1623, or use the online registration form.



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.


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.

Registration for this program is now closed.


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.


Women of Color in Kentucky Politics

Main Library | Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.

Rep. Attica Scott and Rep. Nima Kulkarni

Join us for an onstage conversation between Rep. Attica Scott (District 41), the first black woman to serve in the Kentucky General Assembly since 2000, and Rep. Nima Kulkarni (District 40), Kentucky’s first Indian-American state legislator. Kulkarni and Scott will discuss their paths to politics, the hurdles women and people of color face in our society and in electoral politics, and their experiences in Frankfort representing two of the most diverse districts in the state. Light refreshments will be provided.

This Fast Class is free and open to the public, but registration is requested: call (502) 574-1623 to reserve your spot.

Last Updated: 09/13/2019