A new lecture series begins this week at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. The “What’s Next” series offers a forum for local researchers to discuss emerging developments in their areas of expertise.

“We’re talking with a lot of folks here in Louisville that are really doing some amazing things,” Library Head of Community Relations Paul Burns said. “That’s one of the things we wanted to tap into, is some of these great resources we have in the community and some exciting stuff that’s happening that people don’t even know about.”

The inaugural lecture in the series will be delivered by University of Louisville Geography and Geosciences professor Keith Mountain, who has studied the effects of climate change around the world, including in Antarctica, Africa, and South America. His lecture is this Thursday at 7 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required. More information is at the library’s website.