Been a while since you learned something new? Then it’s time to fire up those neurons and attend these 11 brain-boosting events around Birmingham.
1. GirlSpring Meetings
Girls in 7th-11th grade, prepare to make history! Taking place the first and third Thursday each month at the Homewood Public Library, join GirlSpring to learn about meaningful topics, make like-minded friends and become empowered.
Bonus: refreshments will be provided!
When: Thursday, September 15 | 5-6PM
Where: Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209
2. NextGen Bama Happy Hours
Meet new people and drink free beer every third Thursday this fall by taking part in NextGen Bama Happy Hours. Each event offers casual conversations and the chance to raise awareness on poverty, criminal justice and human rights. More info.
When: Thursday, September 15 | 5:30-7PM
Where: Good People Brewing Co, 114 14th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
3. Surrounded by Enemies: The Historical Roots of Putin’s Propaganda Empire
Grab a beer with local professors as they discuss interesting topics in cool places during Discourse Bham’s public lecture series. On Thursday, September 15, you’ll hear from Dr. Margaret Peacock, Associate Professor of History at The University of Alabama as she discusses the historical roots of Putin’s Propaganda Empire.
Bonus: Get 50% off at checkout with discount code BHAMNOW.
4. Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) joins museums, zoos and cultural centers across the US in this special annual event on Saturday, September 17.
On this unique day, you’ll get free access to the BCRI to learn about the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement and more important historic and prominent events.
5. Black Girls Dream Conference
Reflect, rebuild, be revitalized and dream during the Black Girls Dream Conference on Saturday, September 17.
During the conference:
- Learn about the murder of the four Black girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing
- Honor + celebrate the resilience of Black girls and women in the South.
- Hear speakers and take part in workshops + interactive sessions.
6. 1963 Civil Rights Experience – Black History Matters Tour
In 1963, Birmingham was being torn apart by segregation laws. Learn what it was like from guides who lived through this time by participating in a Black History Matters Tour.
During each tour:
- Walk in the steps of marchers and protesters and of the oppressors and oppressed.
- Take part in discussions of what hate + misunderstanding led to.
- Discover some of the most iconic sites.
7. Be Gentle with Black Girls
Enjoy a live reading of Be Gentle with Black Girls with author Tania De’Shawn, followed by a panelist discussion featuring:
- Moderator Ashley M. Jones, Alabama Poet Laureate
- DeJuana Thompson, President + CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
- Lauren Whatley, a Women’s Studies professor at The University of Alabama and an expert on race, gender + systems of oppression
- Queen daPoetess, local poetess and co-owner of Majesty Lounge
Attendees can also participate in an Oriki station—praise poems from a West African tradition that affirm oneself through relationships between kinship and destiny.
When: Thursday, September 22 | 6PM
Where: Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203
8. Lost Treasures of Alabama
Interested in local history and artifacts? Enhance your knowledge during this must-attend presentation with historian/artifact hunter Jim Phillips. During the presentation, Phillips will:
- Share interesting stories of local historical events
- Discuss the types of artifacts that have been discovered in the area.
- Display his mobile museum of 1700s + 1800s artifacts from Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Tennessee.
Bonus: After the event, Phillips will evaluate your artifacts, so bring your coolest items like paper money, old bottles, coins and tokens!
9. Project Learning Tree Certification Workshop
Hey teachers—join this hands-on learning experience you can translate to your very own classroom!
This workshop provides instructional materials via a highly-active, hands-on ZooTeach session. Participants will:
- Experience and model several PLT activities
- Plan how to integrate PLT into curriculum/programs
- Learn how to integrate environmental education into teaching
- Become comfortable teaching outdoors
10. Alabama Workplace Evolution: Navigating Mental Health and Substance Use
If you’re a manager or HR Professional, this event’s for you. A one-day conference hosted by Addiction Prevention Coalition, you’ll learn how to help your employees address mental health, substance use and recovery in the workplace. More info.
11. Fall History Tour
Where can you go to discover some of Birmingham’s best history? Consider the Oak Stone Cemetery. This November, Oak Stone Cemetery returns for its first post-pandemic Fall History Tour.