Arts & Humanities
Thu, 10/21/2021 — The University of Kansas community is mourning the death of longtime professor Allan Pasco, who died Oct. 12 at age 84. Pasco, the Hall Distinguished Professor of 19th Century Literature in the Department of French, Francophone & Italian...

Wed, 10/20/2021 — The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas announces its sixth annual Backyard Bash, which opens Oct. 21 and remains on view in Marvin Grove through Nov. 12. Part exhibition, part festival, the Backyard Bash celebrates the interplay...

Tue, 10/19/2021 — The vulgar woodland spirits known as satyrs remain popular in modern works such as “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” and Disney’s “Hercules.” But the depiction and purpose of these ancient...

Mon, 10/18/2021 — LAWRENCE – Oscar Wilde is best known today for a pair of writings – the novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and the comic play “The Importance of Being Earnest” – and for having been imprisoned (1895-1897) for homosexual activity. Although he was Irish-born and lived in London during a time when political relations between Ireland and England were extraordinarily fraught, Wilde largely kept his politics to himself. But he did give his audience some hints. Now, with the passage of time having stripped “Earnest” of its political context, a University of Kansas professor of English has written a piece reminding modern readers that certain lines in the play clearly

Fri, 10/15/2021 — Theatregoers will be dancing in their seats to songs by The Go-Go’s during a new production opening Oct. 22 at the University of Kansas. The jukebox musical “Head Over Heels” includes “We Got the Beat,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips are...

Fri, 10/15/2021 — The University of Kansas has nominated six current seniors and a recent graduate for prestigious fellowships for study in the United Kingdom with the support of the university’s Office of Fellowships.   Current seniors Melek Ben-Ayed, Anton...

Wed, 10/13/2021 — The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas will reopen its galleries Oct. 15 with a new exhibition featuring works of art from the collection that have never been displayed. “Debut” will fill the Spencer’s third-floor galleries...

Mon, 10/11/2021 — A concert and panel discussion at the University of Kansas will highlight music from Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures. The opening event for the KU Asian Classical Music Initiative (ACMI) will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in...

Fri, 10/08/2021 — On Oct. 11, 1971, Audio-Reader’s first broadcast went on the air from the University of Kansas. For the next 50 years, Audio-Reader has provided access to information and the arts to anyone who has difficulty reading standard printed materials...

Thu, 10/07/2021 — Paul Laird, professor of musicology at the University of Kansas, is known for his creative, energetic teaching style filled with movement and music.  After a class at KU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the university’s continuing...

Thu, 10/07/2021 — LAWRENCE – Five years after the death of renowned screenwriter and filmmaker Ettore Scola, a scholar of Italian culture at the University of Kansas is contributing to a renewal of interest in Scola’s cinematic career. Edward Bowen, assistant teaching professor of Italian at KU, has contributed an article on the critical reception of Scola’s films in the United States during the prime of the filmmaker's career (1970-87) to a special edition of Italy’s oldest film journal, Bianco e Nero, or Black & White. Bowen’s article, written in Italian, is in a section of the issue dedicated to the reception of Scola abroad. This publication follows the first English-

Wed, 10/06/2021 — LAWRENCE – When Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Beloved” came out in 1987, Maryemma Graham’s community book group in Oxford, Mississippi, started reading it but found its prose difficult to understand and enjoy. “I went back and said, ‘What book can I give them that makes more sense than Morrison?’ Her linguistic and narrative patterns can be hard for the average reader,” said Graham, a University Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Kansas and founder of its Project on the History of Black Writing (HBW). “I was writing people asking, ‘Is there a book similar to Morrison’s, but doesn't really read like Morrison?’ We had lots of

Mon, 10/04/2021 — Witches and zombies, vampires, ghosts and gargoyles – there are University of Kansas experts available to expound on our fascination with most literary, stage and screen spirits this Halloween season.  Jane Barnette, associate professor in...

Mon, 10/04/2021 — LAWRENCE – The figure of the gargoyle is key to appreciating the early 20th-century British writer G.K. Chesterton, author John Tibbetts believes. “The Dark Side of G.K. Chesterton: Gargoyles & Grotesques” (McFarland Publishing) is the fourth in a series of books about gothic fiction from the retired University of Kansas professor of film & media studies. He began with “The Gothic Imagination: Conversations on Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction in the Media” and continued with “The Gothic Worlds of Peter Straub,” whom Tibbetts calls “America’s greatest ghost story writer.” Lately, he has focused on two early 20th-century British writers of the "weird

Thu, 09/30/2021 — “To boldly go …” That phrase from Captain Kirk’s opening monologue in the original “Star Trek” series still endures more than 55 years since it first aired. Now it’s also the title of a new book that examines leadership through...

Thu, 09/30/2021 — University of Kansas history of art doctoral candidate Rachel Quist has received the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award. Quist, from Brookline, Massachusetts, has been granted $55,214 from the U.S. Department...

Thu, 09/30/2021 — LAWRENCE – Enrollment at the University of Kansas grew slightly this year due in large part to increases in first-time freshmen and transfer students, according to annual data released today by the Kansas Board of Regents. KU enrollment increased by 66 students (0.2%), bringing the university’s total enrollment to 27,685 across all campuses. The slight uptick can be attributed largely to a 7.6% jump in first-time freshmen and an 11.6% increase in transfer students, as well as gains in new international students and strong overall retention rates. This year’s freshman class of 4,119 is just six shy of the 2019 (pre-pandemic) freshman class size. These freshmen are

Wed, 09/29/2021 — LAWRENCE – For “Native Son” author Richard Wright, New York City was superior to his previous homes in Mississippi, Memphis and Chicago. But even there, in the U.S. publishing capital, he encountered such racism and restriction that he decamped for Paris, where he lived out his life. Wright’s 10-year (1937-1947) stay in New York is the subject of a chapter in the new book “Richard Wright in Context,” published by Cambridge University Press. “What he discovers is that there is no place in the U.S. outside of racism,” said author Ayesha Hardison, associate professor of English and of women, gender & sexuality studies at the University of Kansas. “Born in

Wed, 09/29/2021 — The School of Architecture & Design at the University of Kansas has announced programming for the Fall 2021 Architecture Lecture Series.    The Architecture Lecture Series welcomes architecture and experiential design leaders from...

Mon, 09/27/2021 — This fall, 13 University of Kansas students will receive an Undergraduate Research Award (UGRA). UGRA recipients are awarded a $1,000 scholarship as they work on mentored research and creative projects. Students apply for UGRAs by writing a...


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