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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. This is a chance to stretch your mind in new directions. #LFPLShortCourse 

The Holocaust

Main Library, Thursdays, January 14 - February 18, 6:30 - 8 p.m. 

Beginning January 14, LFPL will host a new six-week Short Course discussing the Holocaust. Facilitated by St. Francis of Assisi teacher Fred Whittaker, who has trained at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial and at Yad Vashem in Israel, the course will be taught using an interdisciplinary approach, with weekly segments led by guest “instructors” including: a Holocaust survivor, an authority on the resistance movement, and a performance of And Then They Came for Me by CenterStage Acting Out.

The Short Course is being held in conjunction with the travelling exhibit Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album, on display at the Main Library, January 10 - February 27.

To register for the course, please call (502) 574-1635.


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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 

Rebellion of Hope Fast Class

Main Library Auditorium, Sunday, January 31, 2:30 PM

Join us at the Main Library for a special Fast Class featuring the “Rebellion of Hope” traveling exhibit commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. The Uprising — the largest single act of resistance by Jews during World War II — arose when Jewish occupants refused to surrender for extermination to the German SS. The German forces then ordered the burning of the Ghetto, claiming 13,000 Jewish lives. Holocaust educators from Israel will be on hand, weaving stories into a constructive narrative of the Holocaust, while strengthening its memory and its lessons.

This Fast Class is free and open to the public - no registration required. Presented in partnership with Jewish Federation of Louisville.

Guided Meditation Fast Class

Main Library Centennial Room, Saturday, January 30 at 3 p.m.

This one-hour guided session offers a simple but powerful practice to help you to easily and naturally become meditative. Based on the Isha Kriya process, this is a gentle, seated meditation practice which can be done in a chair. No previous meditation experience is necessary.

This session will be facilitated by Suresh Alankar, MD, a vascular surgeon at Jewish Hospital and a trained Isha Kriya instructor. This Fast Class is free and open to the public, but registration is required: call (502) 574-1635 to reserve your spot.


Last Updated: 01/25/2016