Arts & Humanities
Tue, 08/13/2019 — LAWRENCE – Not to get all mystical about it, but in her life and work, Sunyoung Cheong has achieved an exquisite balance of new and old, East and West. A native of Seoul who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from the University of Kansas, Cheong is both a product and an extension of KU’s connection to Kookmin University in South Korea. The two universities’ art departments have had a formal student-exchange program since 2009. Now that Cheong has been named a visiting assistant professor in KU’s Department of Visual Art, she is helping to extend the Kansas-Korea connection by curating a series of shows featuring artists from both places. Her

Mon, 08/12/2019 — LAWRENCE – It was as predictable as hot weather in a Mississippi Delta summer. Once again last month, the shot-up sign marking the spot where the body of civil rights martyr Emmett Till was pulled from the Tallahatchie River was the site of a vandalism controversy. That’s why, in time for the 64th anniversary of his murder on Aug. 28, a group of grassroots campaigners led by a University of Kansas researcher has debuted the Emmett Till Memory Project, a new mobile phone app and related website that cannot be physically vandalized. Dave Tell, professor of communication studies, has been involved with the project since its inception. He is also the author of a new

Tue, 08/06/2019 — Kansas Public Radio’s “Retro Cocktail Hour” will bring Cinema a Go-Go back to the big screen with two cult classics. The event begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Liberty Hall. “The Abominable Dr. Phibes,” starring Vincent Price, follows Dr....

Wed, 07/31/2019 — Eight faculty members at the University of Kansas are being recognized as winners of annual distinguished teaching awards. The eight award recipients will be honored Aug. 22 at the KU Teaching Summit. This year’s winners are as...

Tue, 07/30/2019 — The Hall Center for the Humanities has announced the winners of the 2019 Byron Caldwell Smith Book Award. One award for fiction and one for nonfiction is given each competition cycle. The winners will receive their awards and deliver brief...

Mon, 07/29/2019 — LAWRENCE – Humanities Kansas recently awarded $5,000 to the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas in support of “Haunting Humanities: Disciplines in the Dark,” a free event featuring immersive presentations featuring haunting stories and legends. “Haunting Humanities,” a science fair for the humanities with a Halloween twist, ensures that people of all ages can explore the insights that the study of history, literature, language and culture can bring to everyday life. The event will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at Abe & Jake's Landing, 800 E. Sixth St. This will be the second time “Haunting Humanities” has brought its unique

Wed, 07/24/2019 —  In a recent article for The Daily Beast titled “Trump may not be coming for the Jews, but the next Trump will,” Samuel Hayim Brody said, “Anti-Semitism is not just bigotry, or dislike of individual Jews or of Judaism as a religion. It is...

Tue, 07/23/2019 — LAWRENCE – The Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Kansas has announced the winners of its Choreographic Fellowship for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. Upcoming fellows are Rebecca Bryant, co-founder of PMPD and professor of dance at California State University, Long Beach; Nejla Yatkin, award-winning and internationally acclaimed choreographer and dancer; Gabrielle Lamb, founder and director of Pigeonwing Dance and award-winning choreographer; and Michael Waldrop, choreographer and instructor at the Joffrey Ballet School and Peridance Capezio Center. The Choreographic Fellowship is supported by the Janet Hamburg and the John M. &

Tue, 07/23/2019 — LAWRENCE – Composer Ingrid Stölzel is nothing if not game for anything. Write something for a group of baroque musicians, who play in a style and on instruments from 400 years ago, even though she’d never done it before? Sure. Imbue that piece with an emotional connection to the most important female composer of that era? Stölzel has given it her all. The Kansas City Baroque Consortium commissioned the piece from the University of Kansas assistant professor of music composition and will premiere it Aug. 23 as the finale of a summer season of concerts titled “Women of Note: The Woman’s Voice as Composer, Patron, and Performer in the Baroque Era.” Even though she

Mon, 07/22/2019 — On July 30 and 31, the second of 12 Democratic primary debates are scheduled for the 2020 presidential election. The field will feature 20 candidates, with 10 participating each night at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will...

Thu, 07/18/2019 — observant, perceptive and powerful.  Susan Klusmeier, interim vice provost for undergraduate studies, will give opening remarks, and Jennifer Ng, interim vice provost for diversity & equity and associate professor of educational ...

Wed, 07/17/2019 — Dec. 7, 1941. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A date which will live in infamy. But what few people understand is the attack wasn’t limited to Hawaii, and it didn’t actually end Dec. 7. That’s the impetus for a new book titled...

Tue, 07/16/2019 — LAWRENCE – Long before he became ensconced as assistant director of jazz studies at the University of Kansas, “since the beginning of the internet,” saxophonist Matt Otto has been online, offering lessons to the masses. He’d studied at Berklee and The New School, played professionally, including a yearslong stint in Japan, then returned to his native Los Angeles to earn a master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts. “My saxophone blog, mattotto.org, was one of the very first lesson blogs online,” he said. “Now there are thousands of them. But when I started, I don't think there were any others.” The website, which has had nearly 2 million hits over

Mon, 07/15/2019 — On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 became the first crewed mission to land on the surface of the moon. Considered one of mankind’s most historic achievements, the U.S. mission turned science fiction into reality. This Saturday marks the 50th...

Thu, 07/11/2019 — The Spencer Museum of Art has earned a grant of $650,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) for the next five years. A 2015 award of $487,000 from the Mellon Foundation launched IARI...

Thu, 07/11/2019 — College philosophy classes may open your mind to new ways of thinking. But can they really affect how you behave? The answer is yes, according to a new study. “In the current environment where people are not reasoning so well, it is...

Mon, 07/08/2019 — LAWRENCE – Can we tolerate intolerance? If so, how? And why should we? Like someone dreading a holiday-dinner encounter with a bigoted family member, those are the questions playwright Paris Crayton III and director Markus Potter pose with the initial workshop production of “Chasing Gods” this month. Set in the aftermath of the 2016 shooting massacre of 49 patrons at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, “Chasing Gods” examines the family life of a fundamentalist Christian clergywoman, Deidra Curtis, who is compelled to use biblical scripture to condemn the lifestyle of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s in its first production with the Kansas Repertory Theatre, in association with

Mon, 07/01/2019 — LAWRENCE – Affordable housing is the issue of the day in Kansas and around the world. So it is that two researchers in the University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design have received a $20,000 honorarium from the city of Sydney, Australia, to flesh out their shortlisted entry in that city’s Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge. Joe Colistra, associate professor and director of the Institute for Smart Cities, and Nilou Vakil, program director of the school’s interior architecture and design program director, are spouses as well as partners in a firm they call in SITU Design. Among 230 international entrants, they were the only non-Australians selected for

Mon, 07/01/2019 — Paul Mirecki found himself in the middle of an Indiana Jones-style quest involving looted antiquities. It began with half of a Torah scroll (a handwritten copy of the holiest book in Judaism) dated to about 1750. Mirecki, associate professor of...

Thu, 06/27/2019 — A family struggles to find common ground following the Pulse nightclub shooting in “Chasing Gods,” a new play by Paris Crayton III, who is in residence at the University of Kansas this summer. As this work develops, the cast members – a...


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