Arts & Humanities
Tue, 10/15/2019 — Well-known regional and University of Kansas musicians will perform for the second annual KPR Live Day, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, on Kansas Public Radio. Ångström Brass Quintet, led by Patrick Doyle of Kansas City, will kick off...

Fri, 10/11/2019 — The University of Kansas has endorsed applications from five students and a recent graduate applying for prestigious fellowships for study in the United Kingdom and Ireland.  Kara Fort, Alex Murray and Samiyah Para-Cremer are applying for the...

Wed, 10/09/2019 — In an effort to provide research opportunities to more students, nine faculty members are working with the Center for Undergraduate Research this fall to redesign portions of their courses to include a larger research or creative component....

Tue, 10/08/2019 — Kansas Public Radio's “The Retro Cocktail Hour” brings an extra-special evening of films back to the big screen Oct. 11 at Liberty Hall. Cinema con Queso returns with film’s favorite lucha libre star, El Santo, in his first movie,...

Mon, 10/07/2019 — The University of Kansas and Lawrence Public Schools have expanded a partnership that will allow high school students to receive KU credit for classes they are taking in high school. Chancellor Douglas A. Girod appeared Monday at an event with...

Thu, 10/03/2019 — When David Farber lived in Philadelphia, he met a crack dealer who sold the drug to a mostly homeless clientele outside the professor’s apartment. “I literally talked to him 20 times when he was selling crack 30 feet from where I was working,

Wed, 10/02/2019 — Kansas Public Radio has a new director of classical music.  Cordelia Brown, longtime “Evening Classical” host and listener favorite, has taken over for Michael Keelan, who brought exceptional music knowledge and helped pioneer KPR’s...

Wed, 10/02/2019 — When Rosemarie Truglio was growing up in Hoboken, New Jersey, “Romper Room” was the closest thing to educational programming on television. Like other children across the country, she waited for the host of that "live kindergarten" program...

Tue, 10/01/2019 — LAWRENCE – At first, it might seem unlikely for two University of Kansas Department of Visual Art colleagues to show their work together. Marshall Maude, a ceramicist and associate professor of visual art, and Mary Anne Jordan, a textile artist and professor of visual art, make very different kinds of art. Maude’s West District kiln barn is dusty, sweaty and fiery, while Jordan’s Chalmers Hall textile studios are cool and airy as students work with fabrics, dyes and sewing machines. As he prepared a series of large vessels for their joint show opening Oct. 4 at the James May Gallery in Algoma, Wisconsin, Maude contemplated the similarities he sees in his and

Tue, 10/01/2019 — The Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Kansas will commemorate its 100-year anniversary this fall with the theme “One Hundred Years of Hispanism in Kansas and Beyond.” The celebration includes a two-day symposium and...

Tue, 10/01/2019 — LAWRENCE – On her website, Mary Anne Jordan places her hand-dyed, quilted and stitched fiber artwork into three categories: Flags, Rags and Signs. For the show opening Oct. 4 at the James May Gallery in Algoma, Wisconsin, the University of Kansas professor of visual art will exhibit artwork created in recent years as well as new work being shown for the first time. “I have two new large pieces,” she said. “They're 125 inches wide and 45 inches tall. So they're long and narrow. They're a kind of banner or flag. I have also completed several small works about 25 inches square that are composed of fabric remnants and scraps with intensive hand stitching.” Jordan

Mon, 09/30/2019 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio ended a successful fall membership drive with 1,750 listener pledges. KPR’s 10-day fundraising campaign, which began Sept. 12, brought in $281,445 that will go directly toward providing programming for KPR’s 100,000 listeners. In addition to listener pledges, KPR received $59,200 in challenge grants, which are provided by an individual, company or foundation that challenges listeners to match their gift of a specific amount within a certain timeframe. This fall, Kansas Public Radio came up with several new ideas to make the drive more interesting to listeners, including a presence at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market and special


Thu, 09/26/2019 — We’ve entered the golden age of legal nonsense. “It’s a problem partly because of a lack of knowledge, but partly just a feeling people have that the courts won’t help them. And they’re looking for anything to fix that,” said Colin...

Tue, 09/24/2019 — LAWRENCE – If you want a Kansas City Royals-branded casket or a Marine Corps urn, you can buy one online. But if you want a one-of-a-kind funerary urn or a reliquary shaped like a marigold flower, then Gina Westergard, University of Kansas associate professor of visual art, is the person to see. The metalsmithing artist was inspired to create vessels for cremains after moving to the countryside in 2000. “A sabbatical to Italy, marrying an organic farmer and moving to the country shifted my focus,” Westergard said. “I thought, as a maker of functional objects, what is the most significant object I can make? If I'm making jewelry, I'm thinking about the wearer. Or

Tue, 09/24/2019 — Elizabeth “Betsy” Esch grew up with a horizon of factories in view. “I was raised where the first Jeep factory was in Toledo, Ohio. As soon as my friends and I got driver’s licenses, we started driving to Detroit to see bands while...

Mon, 09/23/2019 — LAWRENCE – Telling an adult, much less a preschooler, to calm down is easier said than done. But it is a skill that can be learned. So that is what Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, University of Kansas associate professor of music, is working on. She and a colleague recently won a grant from the American Music Therapy Association to experiment with what they believe is an effective way to train preschoolers to regulate their emotions. “You hear a song from childhood, and it brings you right back to that original memory with the smells and the emotions and everything, right? So there's this real power in music,” she said. Clearly, Hanson-Abromeit said, music has a

Fri, 09/20/2019 — A pastor’s sermon shakes the foundation of his megachurch in “The Christians,” playing weekends Sept. 27 through Oct. 6 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre at Murphy Hall. The play opens the season for KU’s University Theatre and features...

Fri, 09/20/2019 — Since 2012, the Cool Science program has featured children’s artwork in public spaces in Massachusetts. Now youths in Kansas and Missouri will have the same opportunity. Through a $3 million National Science Foundation grant, Cool Science is...

Thu, 09/19/2019 — The Spencer Museum of Art invites the University of Kansas and Lawrence communities to kick back with friends and neighbors in the biggest backyard on KU’s campus — historic Marvin Grove — for an artful celebration of nature. The Backyard...


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