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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 MyLibraryU 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 Celebration of Failure Short Course

Thursday, January 27 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Thursday, February 3 – March 3, 6:30 p.m., Main Library

Failure Short Course

Failure is ubiquitous. No matter what the endeavor, it is always a possibility. But it is also through failure that we are able to learn how to succeed. In this course, six different experts will poke and prod the different facets of failure in an attempt to better understand our relationship to it.

Covering business, science, politics, sports, society, and the performing arts, we will examine failures—past and present—and how failing can be a useful tool for personal, professional, and societal growth.

This program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested; call (502) 574-1623.


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 

When Past Meets Present: Public Policy and the 21st-century Black Family Fast Class

February 7, 6:30 p.m., Main Library

When Past Meets Present

How can we describe and explain the current state of the Black Family? In 1965, the Moynihan Report described the black family as rooted in problematic pathologies of culture.

In this Fast Class, we will discuss the history of the Black Family and how the Moynihan Report's findings (correct or not) influence research and public discourse on the Black family well into the 21st century.

This program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested; call (502) 574-1623.

Dr. Ojeh is Assistant Professor in UofL’s Department of Pan-African Studies, and was a 2020-2021 Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society Faculty. She is editor of the Journal of Social Problems and the Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee for the College of Arts & Sciences.

The Other African-American: Black People in Nicaragua and Cuba Fast Class

February 15, 6:30 p.m., Main Library

Photos of Black People, art and Music in Nicaragua and Cuba

Focusing on music, art, literature, dance, and history, this unique celebration of Black History Month will offer diverse perspectives of African American identity geographically. Dr. Thomas Edison will focus on Afro-Cuban and Afro-Nicaraguan artists, connecting them to the African Diaspora and global Black experience.

This program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested; call (502) 574-1623.

Dr. Thomas Wayne Edison is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at UofL, where he is also Chair of the Diversity Equity Inclusion Committee. A former Fulbright Scholar, his current area of research is African-Caribbean spirituality in contemporary Latin American narrative and cinema. He recently published his first book Ashé -Caribbean Literary Aesthetic in the Cuban, Colombian, Costa Rican, and Panamanian Novel of Resistance.

Last Updated: 11/02/2021