Previous SHORT COURSES at the Library

xxFall 2012

The Known Universe: This short course, taught by Jefferson Community and Technical College professor of physics Christopher M. Graney, was offered September 12 - October 10 at the Main Library.

For information related to this class, including the software Professor Graney used, telescope buying tips, and more - click here.

Music in the Black Church - Dr. A.T. Simpson Jr.  

Music in the Black Church:From Al Green to Aretha Franklin, from Mahalia Jackson to Quincy Jones, learn about music and the black church – its rich blend of traditional African music, American folk music, European classical music and American pop music traditions -- and its impact on American culture. This short course was taught by Bellarmine University music professor Dr. A.T. Simpson Jr. from October 9 -30 at the Main Library. Classes featured live performances from local singers and musicians, as well as a playlist of songs.


The U.S. Constitution: This four-week course taught by Uof L political science professor Dr. Jasmine Farrier, took a fresh look at the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, other amendments, and Constitutional interpretation in action..

For the class outline and suggested links - click here.

xxWinter 2013
Tragedy and Comedy masks  

Zan Sawyer-Dailey, associate director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, offered an inside view of The Changing role of Theater in America – also taking stock of ATL as it prepared to celebrate its 50th anniversary. 

For the class outline and links to the podcast - click here.


Science in the Garden: This four-week course, taught by Paul Cappiello, executive director of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, Ky., explored the science of gardening – from plant biology to what’s-this-stuff-we-call-dirt.

For the class outline, links to the podcast, and suggested readings - click here.

xxSummer 2013
Coming of Age Anthology  

Heartaches and hard-won wisdom: Exploring coming-of-age short stories:  This four-week course, led by Dr. Patty Payette of the University of Louisville, explored the coming-of-age genre in short stories and memoirs by modern U.S. writers. 

For the class outline - click here.

xxFall 2013
America's Music  

America's Music:  A six-week course led by University of Louisville Music History professor Dr. Douglas Shadle. 

For the class outline - click here.

xxSummer 2014

Portrait of Copernicus

Portrait of Newton


From Copernicus to Newton: the Origins of Modern Science: A six-week course explored the modern foundations of astronomy, physics, chemistry, and biology from 1500-1800, and the ways in which new discoveries in science affected how we saw the world around us. The course was led by Dr. William C. Schrader, a retired professor of history and current teacher for Bellarmine University’s Veritas Program.

For the class outline - click here.

xxFall 2014

Portrait of Copernicus


Building America: The Evolution of U.S. Architecture from the 19th to 21st Century: This six-week short course explored how economic, social, and political events—as well as innovation and the development of building technology— shaped architecture in America. The class was led by Ron C. Stiller, a local AIA architect who formerly taught at Ball State University’s College of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Planning.

For the class outline - click here.

xxSpring 2015

Portrait of Copernicus


Bach to the Future: Through historical context, listening examples, and basic musical score study, Bach to the Future presented a survey of Western Art Music. Each week, the course focused on two major classical composers, offered a glimpse of their world, and shedded light on the influences that led to the creation of timeless masterpieces. This short course was taught by Eugene Lavery and Sharon Lavery from February 19 – March 26, 6:30 p.m., at the Main Library.

For the class outline - click here.

xxSummer 2015

Murder Mystery History


Murder Mystery History: An Examination of the Whodunnit Genre: This six-week Short Course provided an overview of the history of murder mystery fiction, from its earliest appearance as a genre in the nineteenth century, through its golden ages in Britain and America, to the present where it is among the most robust of popular fiction forms world-wide. This short course was taught by Dr. Diane M. Calhoun-French from May 14 - June 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Main Library.

xxSpring 2016

Opera 101


Opera 101: Origins and History: Perfect for those who want to learn about—rather than sing—opera, LFPL’s newest Short Course brings musical history to life. Opera 101 covers the major time periods of the genre, starting in the late Renaissance and continuing through the developments and innovations of the twenty-first century. The course will include a “Who’s Who” in opera, current trends in the industry, and live performances by trained opera singers, courtesy of Kentucky Opera. Opera 101 was led by Kentucky Opera’s Manager of Education Aubrey Baker.


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Last Updated: 6/27/13