The Notebook (Issue 25) 🍃

The week of  March 6, 2023

There is no greater reminder of the importance of our healthy water as when disaster strikes. The East Palestine chemical spill reminds us that we must be ever vigilant in protecting the air, water, and soil. The Kentucky Resources Council is focused this year on building in the infrastructure to ensure constant checks and balances in making sure that Kentucky does not continue to be a dumping ground for environmental hazards.

Environmental resilience, much like our own emotional and physical resilience, requires intention. As do our bodies and minds, infrastructure needs care and cultivation. March brings us renewal -- the perfect opportunity for us to consider how we may help usher in the protection and advocacy for our natural resources. Below, you'll find any number of ways to learn and be involved in a community of care. We welcome you to try on new means of inviting health into your lives and neighborhood, and we welcome you to expand your circles and share with us other ways to be involved. Message us any time. Your role and your voice are truly essential. 🍃

Mayor Craig Greenberg announced a new plan to improve Louisville's public park system. The "Parks for All" plan focuses on equity. It was developed in partnership with nonprofit the Parks Alliance of Louisville. Main elements of the action plan are included in the link to a recent report from WLKY.

Preserving & Celebrating Louisville’s Gospel Music Legacy

In the mid-20th century, Louisville gospel music was occasionally recorded when members of the community pressed 45rpm records and LPs, and released them through grassroots record labels such as Grace, Blessed, D.J.S., and Sensational Sound.

Over the years, a substantial body of work was produced, but today those recordings are in danger of being lost forever. The Louisville Story Program has been working to scan, locate, clean, and professionally digitize and master hundreds of these recordings. In partnership with members of the local Black gospel community, this restoration project will culminate in a large musical event to celebrate this legacy. The Louisville Story Program will release an entire box set, including a community-written book, multi-CD compilations of songs, a digital music and photo archive, YouTube videos, and radio stories. If you would like to join as a lead funding partner for this project, please contact Darcy Thompson, Executive Director of the Louisville Story Program, at [email protected]

The Louisville Story Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary arts organization that amplifies unheard voices and untold stories. This year, the organization celebrates its 10th anniversary. To learn more, visit

In the forty-seventh episode of GREAT PODVERSATIONS, author Maggie Haberman discusses her book, Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America, with CNN Host and Senior Legal Analyst, Laura Coates. 

A meticulously well researched book, the book is based on hundreds of interviews wherein Haberman reveals "a deep understanding of the 45th president, and of what the Trump phenomenon means. Confidence Man is the definitive account of one of the most norms-shattering and consequential eras in American political history." 
E.S.G. rules long held in place to guide corporate responsibility are now being questioned by Republican leaders as gas and oil executives launch attack campaigns. Contending that businesses should only consider profits and not factors which impact climate or society, Republicans are pushing back against the E.S.G. principle, a term shorthand for prioritizing environmental, social and governance factors in investing. Many investors note that this has been routine and it is unclear why there is the sudden need to propel the convention into the culture wars. Meanwhile, fossil fuel companies have been noted as stirring the point with complaints that major banks are refusing to invest in their products. For more on the matter, check out this article from the New York Times. 

Kentucky receives $22 million to address PFAS chemical contamination

“On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Kentucky will receive more than $22 million to manage forever chemicals and other emerging contaminants found in drinking water in rural and disadvantaged communities. The funding comes from The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which invests $5 billion across the country over five years to help communities on the “frontlines” of the chemical contamination. Kentucky will be able to use the funds to improve water treatment systems and conduct water quality testing.” - Reporting via WKMS

FEATURING: Deborah and James Fallows
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 8th at 5:00 PM
Location: The Filson Historical Society, 1310 S 3rd St, Louisville


Join the Filson Historical Society on Wednesday, March 8 at 5:00 pm for the Theodore Sedgwick Distinguished Lecture featuring Deborah and James Fallows on "What Makes a Healthy Community."  Light refreshments to follow. The event is free and open to all with advanced registration. Registration is required.

Starting ten years ago, Deborah and James Fallows have crisscrossed the country and reported on the civic and economic renewal of America’s towns. Their book about the project, Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America, a New York Times bestseller, was published in 2018. The book served as inspiration for both a 2021 HBO documentary and the Our Towns Civic Foundation, which is a non-profit organization founded on the concept that the sources of American renewal are mainly at the community level.

Registration Link: Theodore Sedgwick Distinguished Lecture featuring Deborah and James Fallows

Transitional Learning Center UPS
UPS Paving New Pathways for Louisville's Disabled Workers
The Transitional Learning Center has been operating since 2012. In the last decade, 574 individuals with disabilities have been trained to work within the company. UPS has hired and placed 88% of these individuals. For more on the history and future of the program, see this article in the Courier Journal.

FEATURING: Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D. FAHA
DATE: Thursday, March 9, 2023, at 5:30 PM

The Pendennis Club is proud to present a special lecture, “Conquering Aging – The Final Frontier” on March 9. The lecture will discuss the current state of aging research and highlight practical advice for healthy aging and current anti-aging interventions.

Widely regarded for spearheading the new field of Environmental Cardiology, Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, the Smith and Lucille Gibson Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville (and Pendennis Club member), has spent greater than 25 years studying the impact of toxic substances, tobacco smoke constituents and environmental pollutants on heart disease. A leader in cardiovascular health, Dr. Bhatnagar has participated in more than 50 peer review panels for the National Institutes of Health, published over 280 scholarly articles and 20 book chapters, participated on multiple committees for the Institute of Medicine and served as the Deputy Editor for the American Heart Association’s Circulation Research. 

Please RSVP to the front desk of Pendennis Club (502) 584-4311 or (502) 584-4311 by Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

The 2023 Grawemeyer Award Week Presentations

The Grawemeyer Awards, endowed by the University of Louisville, are five annual prizes given in the fields of music, political science, psychology, education and religion. They were founded by H. Charles Grawemeyer to honor ideas which help make the world a better place.

Ideas Improving World Order – Steven Feldstein
Tuesday, March 28; 1:00 pm
Chao Auditorium (Ekstrom Library) – 2215 S. 3rd Street 

Education – Jennifer Morton
Wednesday, March 29; 10:30 am
Chao Auditorium (Ekstrom Library) – 2215 S. 3rd Street 

Psychology – David Dunning & Justin Kruger
Wednesday, March 29; 12:00 pm
Strickler Hall, Room 101 – 2010 S. Avery Court Walk

Religion – Kelly Brown Douglas
Thursday, March 30; 7:00 pm
Caldwell Chapel, Louisville Seminary – 1044 Alta Vista Road

Music – Julian Anderson
Thursday, April 6; 3:00 pm
School of Music, Bird Hall


Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest remains threatened by an LGE Pipeline. The largest privately held forest in the Eastern United States. their efforts against the pipeline have been featured in The Guardian through the work of their Environmental Artist-in-Residence. 

For more, a recent Courier Journal article explains that the pipeline would run through Bernheim's Cedar Grove Wildlife Corridor - an act which Bernheim asserts threatens the sensitive and lush forest ecosystem. 


Join Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, collaborator on A New Vision of Health and Director of the Envirome Institute, for his NEW monthly podcast series "Elements of Nature: How Natural Forces Shape Human Health." Each episode will explore a particular element of nature (think air, soil, light for starters!) influences human health and wellness. Dr. Bhatnagar, alongside world-renowned scientists, professors, and authors, offers critical discussion on the relationship between nature and body with key insights on developing a more harmonious and healthy life.
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