BPL@Night: Conversations on Art, Authors, and Life

Dr. Tondra Loder-Jackson
As a part of the Birmingham Public Library’s newest series in 2010, “BPL@Night Presents Conversations on Art, Authors, and Life,” the library will begin with the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Series.”

The panel for this program will discuss the theme, "Is a Generational Gap Holding Birmingham Back?" The panel, led by Dr. Tondra Loder-Jackson, consists of an all-star cast of local leaders, including the following persons:

Dr. George T. French Jr., President, Miles College (Education/Religion)

Mr. Cedric Sparks Sr., Executive Director, City of Birmingham's Division of Youth Services (Government/Youth Development)

Dr. Karen Starks, Executive Director, Community Entrepreneurship Institute, Inc. (Business/Youth Development)

Rev. Lee Wendell Loder, Esq., Gift Corps Ministry & Former President of the Birmingham City Council (Religion/Political Life)

Ms. Kate Neilsen, President, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

The panel will discuss two key “reflection questions”:

Reflection Questions:

1) Do you believe a generational gap is impeding Birmingham's progress in the arenas of education, government and politics, religion and spirituality, business, and civic life?

2) What strategies or models should local leaders, including youth leaders, employ to foster intergenerational cooperation, mentoring, and shared governance?

Members of the panel will draw on their respective initiatives and accomplishments to respond to these questions. Dr. Tondra Loder-Jackson, Associate Professor at UAB’s School of Education, will moderate the panel. The Library will provide light refreshments.

What: "Is a Generational Gap Holding Birmingham Back?" lecture
Where: Central Library, Linn-Henley Bldg., Arrington Auditorium, 4th floor
When: Tuesday, January 19
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public

This BPL@Night program is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. BPL would also like to thank the Alabama Power Company Foundation for their generous support of BPL@Night.