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

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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 

The Cannabis Conundrum: The Genetics and Politics of America's Most Controversial Plant with Dr. George Weiblen The Cannabis Conundrum

Main Library, Thursday, August 4, 7 p.m.

Cannabis has been cultivated for thousands of years for durable fibers, nutritious seeds, and psychoactive drugs. Most Cannabis research in the U.S. focuses on the effect of the drug on the human body, but there is much more to Cannabis than the drug. Dr. George Weiblen - scientific director of the Bell Museum of Natural History and Planetarium at the University of Minnesota - is one of few researchers permitted by the federal government to study the genetics of Cannabis and his research challenges opinions on all sides of the public debate about marijuana.

Join Dr. Weiblen for a fascinating discussion about the genetics and politics of America’s most controversial plant. This Fast Class is free and open to the public, but tickets are required - click here to order.

Part of the Sigma Xi 2016-2017 Distinguished Lecturer series sponsored by the Louisville Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Birth of a New Earth with Dr. Adrian ParrBirth of a New Earth

Main Library, Tuesday, August 23, 6:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Adrian Parr—Professor of Environmental Politics, Political Philosophy, and Cultural Criticism at the University of Cincinnati—as she analyzes how we can help the planet by helping each other. Birth of a New Earth offers solutions and encourages action, as Dr. Parr transforms the way we think about the environment and society.

This Fast Class is free and presented in partnership with the Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation—CART and Neighborhood Planning & Preservation (NPP). Call (502) 574-1623 to register.

200 Years of Germans in Louisville200 Years of Germans in Louisville

Main Library, Tuesday, August 30, 6:30 p.m.

Learn how the first German immigrants arrived in Louisville nearly two hundred years ago. By 1850, they and their families represented nearly thirty percent of the population of Louisville, influencing every aspect of daily life, from politics to fine art. Join Robert and Victoria Ullrich, Louisville natives and fourth-generation German Americans, as they uncover some of our city’s richest history.

This Fast Class is free and open to the public; call (502) 574-1623 to register.

Last Updated: 07/14/2016