Arts & Humanities
Thu, 04/25/2019 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio ended its spring membership drive with $336,000 in listener pledges. The station received pledges from 2,113 listeners, including 229 new members. Funds from KPR’s nine-day fundraising campaign, which began April 4, will go directly toward providing an eclectic mix of local and National Public Radio news and music programming for approximately 100,000 weekly listeners.   KPR relies on membership and private support for more than 70 percent of its operating income. In addition to listener pledges, KPR received $67,000 in challenge grants, which are provided by an individual, company or foundation. During this particular drive, the

Wed, 04/24/2019 — A University of Kansas symposium is bringing together scholars of the U.S. war in Vietnam — including some who are Vietnam veterans — to discuss what followed the 1968 Tet Offensive. "Manpower & Morale after Tet" will be from 8:30 a.m....

Tue, 04/23/2019 — The Spencer Museum of Art invites the University of Kansas and Lawrence communities to explore creative processes across disciplines at the Day of Creativity. The free community event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Spencer...

Mon, 04/22/2019 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio’s “Retro Cocktail Hour” is bringing to the big screen a frightfully fun double feature starting at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Liberty Hall. The cheesy classics “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954) and “The Beach Girls and the Monster” (1965) both have a lovely tiki-twist. “Creature from the Black Lagoon” was inspired by an Amazon River legend. The film was a smash hit in its original 3D version and spawned two sequels, “Revenge of the Creature” (1955) and “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956). “The Beach Girls and the Monster” (aka “Monster from the Surf”) is a strange horror and beach party hybrid.  An aquatic monster is killing

Mon, 04/22/2019 — LAWRENCE – Objects made by Greenland Inuit people and collected by the so-called “Dashing Kansan,” naturalist and adventurer Lewis Lindsay Dyche, in the 1890s will return to their place of origin – or at least three-dimensional copies of them will – as the result of a visit last week by Greenlandic researchers to the Spencer Museum of Art. Two graduate students from the University of Greenland, Aka Bendtsen and Randi Sørensen Johansen, accompanied by curator and archaeologist Hans Harmsen of the Greenland National Museum and Archives, arrived April 14 and spent a week making 3D digital images of a group of objects, including dolls dressed in authentic and highly

Mon, 04/22/2019 — “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will showcase the strength of artistic collaboration, the exceptionalism of composer Benjamin Britten and the humor of William Shakespeare. The opera features the KU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carolyn...

Thu, 04/18/2019 — With support from a two-year, $129,000 grant, the University of Kansas Libraries and the University Press of Kansas will convert out-of-print humanities texts into freely accessible digital resources. This project is part of the Humanities Open...

Mon, 04/15/2019 — LAWRENCE – How, in the context of the Cold War, could America keep India from falling to communism? One way was by holding out a vision of better homes, and ergo better lives, for workers and others with low social standing. That’s just one thread that Farhan Karim, University of Kansas assistant professor of architecture & design, weaves into his new book, “Of Greater Dignity Than Riches: Austerity and Housing Design in India” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019). An even more important thread is the uniquely Indian approach that seeks to turn a lack of resources into a good. In the book’s introduction, Karim calls it “the Gandhian political rhetoric of

Fri, 04/12/2019 — When Sam Steuart paid a brief visit to University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas A. Girod’s office this week — ostensibly for a brief visit related to an upcoming presentation — the Topeka junior instead found balloons, cheers and hearty...

Fri, 04/12/2019 — LAWRENCE – Rita Blitt, award-winning painter, sculptor and filmmaker, will be recognized by the School of Education at the University of Kansas for her recent gift of original artwork now lining the halls of Joseph R. Pearson Hall. The reception will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the second-floor commons area of Joseph R. Pearson Hall. The event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is not required to attend. Blitt, a lifelong philanthropist, often donates sets of her art to various organizations across the United States. In fall 2018, Blitt’s representative, Bill McDevitt, visited Joseph R. Pearson Hall in part of a search to identify a building on

Thu, 04/11/2019 — Climate change in Greenland and how it poses a threat to archaeological heritage will be explored in an upcoming presentation by Hans Harmsen, archaeologist and curator of the Greenland National Museum & Archives. Harmsen will present...

Thu, 04/11/2019 — Choreographers from the University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance will pay tribute to the roots of skiffle music and highlight outstanding student work at its annual spring concert. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. April 18-19 and...

Wed, 04/03/2019 — Author and MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" recipient Jesmyn Ward will speak at two events this month as part of the University of Kansas Hall Center Humanities Lecture Series. Ward will give a lecture at 7:30 p.m. April 11 at Liberty Hall,...

Wed, 04/03/2019 — Four midcareer faculty members at the University of Kansas will receive an award in recognition of their significant achievements in scholarly or research contributions in their field. The University Scholarly Achievement Award recognizes...

Mon, 04/01/2019 — LAWRENCE – Writer and social activist Langston Hughes lived from 1901 to 1967. The Langston Hughes Society published the semiannual scholarly journal The Langston Hughes Review from 1982 to 2011. So why is it being revived now, under the editorship of Tony Bolden, University of Kansas associate professor of African & African-American studies? “What we want to try to do is project Langston Hughes – his vision – into the 21st century, to engage his views in the here and now, and see how and where those perspectives intersect,” Bolden said. The first new edition of the revived Langston Hughes Review will be published this month by Penn State University Press,

Mon, 04/01/2019 — The 2019 George and Eleanor Woodyard Lecture is taking a look at Spanish Civil War photography. Sebastiaan Faber, professor and chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College, will speak from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at...

Fri, 03/29/2019 — The University of Kansas will recognize and celebrate graduate students during national Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 1-5, and throughout the month of April. Graduation Student Appreciation Week highlights the contributions of...

Fri, 03/29/2019 — Five University of Kansas professors have been selected to pursue special projects designed to develop their scholarship in a field while also fostering collaboration at KU during the 2019-2020 academic year. Faculty members Peter Bobkowski,...

Tue, 03/26/2019 — As director of the forthcoming University Theatre production of the new play “Sycorax,” Associate Professor of Theatre Jane Barnette will get to indulge in her fascination for – and ongoing research into – how witches are depicted on...

Mon, 03/25/2019 — LAWRENCE – Explore the artists, meanings and stories behind the state’s rich collection of public murals with Kansas artist Dave Loewenstein at a talk next month at Lawrence Public Library. The University of Kansas Humanities Program, KU Department of Visual Art and the public library will host “If These Walls Could Talk: Kansas Murals” at 7 p.m. April 2. The event is free and open to the public. Loewenstein will explore the history of murals and examine the efforts that go into capturing a community’s story in public art. From the iconic John Steuart Curry murals in the Kansas Statehouse to the post office murals of the New Deal, these works tell us much


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