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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.

The Wind Never Stops: Understanding the Processes that Shape our Atmosphere

with UofL’s Dr. Jason Naylor
Thursdays, October 7 - November 11, 6:30 - 8PM, Main Library

Dr. Jason Naylor

The air that surrounds us is an invisible ocean whose behavior and movements have a profound impact on countless aspects of our daily lives. To some, the weather may seem chaotic and unpredictable. However, the truth is much more elegant. Atmospheric motion can be understood through a complex balancing act of forces and counter-forces. Disturbances to that balance are the primary cause of changing weather patterns. This short course will introduce participants to the fascinating behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere, including the causes of seasonal changes in weather, clouds and cloud formation, tornadoes and other severe weather hazards, and the future of Earth’s climate.

Dr. Jason Naylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geographic and Environmental Sciences at the University of Louisville. He teaches weather and climate courses in support of the meteorology track in Applied Geography. Before joining UofL in 2016, Dr. Naylor was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University and a postdoctoral researcher at NorthWest Research Associates in Boulder, Colorado. He received a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of North Dakota in 2012. His area of specialty is severe thunderstorms and tornado formation.


Download the syllabus for 'The Wind Never Stops'


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Tune In To Poetry: Voice, Tradition, & Community

with UofL’s Dr. David Anderson
November 1, 6:30 pm, Location: Main Library

Dr. David Anderson

Learn new ways to approach, read, and listen to poems that invite readers to perceive a community in new ways. Using Bernard Clay's new collection English Lit and the larger tradition of West Louisville poetry, Dr. David Anderson will show how attention to poetic voice, word choice, structure, and tradition can enhance the experience of poetry, and also deepen appreciation for West Louisville.

Dr. David Anderson an associate professor of English at the University of Louisville. He earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. David has been teaching at the University of Louisville since 1993, where he offers courses in a wide range of American and African American literatures, as well as composition. He is currently editing an anthology about African American writing about the sea, entitled I Will Take to the Water (under contract with the University of Chicago Press), researching the lives of African American poets of Kentucky in the early twentieth century (such as George Marion McClellan, Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr., and Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr.), and is editing the memoir of former Kentucky State University president Rufus Atwood.

Last Updated: 08/31/2021