Cave Hill Cemetery | Courtesy of Wikimedia

Cave Hill Cemetery is a top destination for residents and visitors alike, even more so after it became the final resting place of Muhammad Ali.

University of Louisville English professor Stephen Schneider kicks off the fall Meet the Professor series with a luncheon lecture on Thursday at noon in the University Club that explores Cave Hill’s public memories.

Schneider’s talk, “Attending to What Remains: Public Memory at Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery,” aims to answer “When is a cemetery more than a final resting place? When it becomes a museum of municipal history dedicated to notables from the city’s first mayor to Muhammad Ali,” according to the university, which also released its fall lineup of Meet the Professor luncheons.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Liberal Studies Project host the monthly Meet the Professor series to highlight the college’s research and cultural offerings. Topics this fall range from water politics in India to animal research in Siberia.

This semester’s talks are:

Sept. 7: “Attending to What Remains: Public Memory at Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery,” Stephen Schneider, English associate professor. He will discuss the cemetery’s memorial landscape that has become a museum of municipal history dedicated to notables ranging from Louisville’s first mayor to Muhammad Ali.

Oct. 5: “Pipe Politics, Contested Waters: Embedded Infrastructures of Millennial Mumbai,” Lisa Bjorkman, urban and public affairs assistant professor. She will talk about the deterioration of the Indian city’s water-delivery system despite economic growth and development and its social, political and hydraulic effects.

Nov. 2: “How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog,” Lee Dugatkin, biology professor. Drawing on his 2017 book title, the science historian will share the story of lead scientist Lyudmila Trut and a research team in Siberia that for six decades has been domesticating silver foxes to replay the evolution of dogs in real time.

Dec. 7: “Using Technology to Develop Novel Treatments for Eating Disorders,” Cheri Levinson, psychological and brain sciences assistant professor. The director of UofL’s new Eating Anxiety Treatment (EAT) laboratory and clinic will talk about the deadliest of mental illnesses and discuss her ongoing research to develop novel interventions to treat the disorders.

The Thursday luncheon talks begin at noon in the University Club. Reservations are required, with $15 payment by check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva via email or 502-852-2247 no later than the Monday before each event.

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