Let us renew our willingness to learn. Let us dream of a new vision. 🎇

The Week of January 15, 2024

Revisiting last month’s bi-partisan hearing on gun control at the Capitol, we want to applaud the efforts made to listen to so many sides of a very challenging issue.  We will continue to follow the conversation in Frankfort, and remain inspired to keep our ears and hearts open. 

We were reminded of a past Richard Rohr meditation on compassionate listening, in which Father Richard asks us to consider our own role in pushing people to polarized positions when we fail to “stand in the compassionate middle.” 

As we enter 2024, it often feels disorienting to come to terms with the multiplicity of problems our community and world face. Increasingly, we are cementing our understanding that two key elements are essential to making change: the grace of reflective listening and participating in local initiatives aimed at harm-reduction.

Even amidst the fog of the current, let us be moved to seek the light. Let us listen to each other. Let us renew our willingness to learn. Let us dream of a new vision. Let us aspire, collaborate, and create. 

We are wishing you a very happy new year and hope you’ll consider these humble thoughts amongst your recent resolutions.

Congratulations to Louisville Orchestra conductor Teddy Abrams for his 2024 Grammy Nomination! The Musical America 2022 Conductor of the Year is nominated for "Best Classical Instrument Solo" for his performance and composition of "The American Project." For more on this stunning achievement, click through to view a short and delightful news segment from Spectrum 1
After a unanimous board vote, the Louisville Urban League has announced Lyndon E. Pryor as their new CEO. During Pryor’s previous eight years with the organization, he launched critical community programming earning him significant praise from his colleagues, board members, and area non-profit leaders. The Louisville Urban League has been in operation for 103 years. Of its future, Pryor states: “I deeply understand the micro- and macro-level challenges facing the League, and I have an unwavering commitment to quality results, the trust and skill to lead the talented team in place, and a vision for what lies ahead. I am excited to move forward in this role permanently, and I am confident that we can build on the positive impact the League has already made.” 

The UofL Superfund Research Center, part of the Envirome
Institute, has been awarded a $10.8 million from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

This 62% increase in funding will enable researchers to expand studies to monitor the local area’s environmental toxins and understand any corresponding effects on human health. We are thrilled that these resources will be in the excellent hands and brilliant minds of researchers here at UofL for the benefit of our region!

Did you know the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District reports the daily air quality index? 

Using 11 monitoring stations across the metro-area, the Louisville Air Watch dashboard shares how clean or polluted the outdoor air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you. For more on how the agency hopes to enhance public health information and accessibility, see this recent feature from Spectrum 1 News.

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is hosting the Walnut Street Revue on Saturday, January 27th. Celebrated as “a musical tribute to the heart and soul of Louisville’ Black community,” tickets range from $45-65 and can be purchased via this RedPinTix link

Louisville Fire hopes new initiative cuts down on fires at vacant buildings. (WDRB) The Louisville Fire Department announced an initiative aimed at reducing the number of fires within vacant and abandoned buildings across the city. Last spring, LFD flagged over 630 vacant buildings; nearly 250 were considered unsecured or high risk. Many of these properties were then boarded up or are now being considered for demolition by the Fire Prevention Bureau and Metro Code Enforcement. In the six months following, the city saw nearly a 30% reduction in fires – and hopes to see that figure continue to increase. 

The Theodore Sedgwick Distinguished Lecture Series at The Filson Historical Society presents author Cliff Sloan, a professor of constitutional law and criminal justice at Georgetown University Law Center for a discussion of his latest book, The Court at War: FDR, His Justices, and the World They Made. Prof. Sloan has argued before the Supreme Court seven times and has served in all three federal branches throughout his career. Tickets for this February 12th event are  free, although registration is required. Reserve your seat here.

Louisville Metro offers year-end update on sustainability efforts. Mayor Greenberg recently reintroduced his plans to uphold his predecessor’s promise to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. While the city currently reflects no formal requirements for its agencies, an end-of-year meeting showcased the progress of many departments  towards achieving greater eco-consciousness. For more details on these efforts – ranging from paper and HVAC reductions to geothermal energy transfer – Louisville Public Media reports on what the city’s sustainability director called “super inspiring.”

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