Arts & Humanities
Tue, 04/24/2018 — It’s the wave of populist nationalism buoying the political fortunes of President Donald Trump and France’s Marine Le Pen, among others, that will deliver Kansas filmmaker Kevin Willmott to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean next month...

Tue, 04/24/2018 — Chancellor Douglas A. Girod has approved promotion and the award of tenure where indicated for 64 individuals at the University of Kansas Lawrence and Edwards campuses and 88 individuals at the KU Medical Center campuses. Girod, Provost &...

Mon, 04/23/2018 — Musician Brandon Draper is at the top of his game, completely self-actualized. Draper is a lecturer in the University of Kansas Department of Music, where he teaches jazz drums, world percussion, steel band and leads the Music Enterprise...

Mon, 04/23/2018 — The Spencer Museum of Art and the KU Natural History Museum invite the University of Kansas and Lawrence communities to explore the intertwined relationships of art, science, people and plants at the Day of Creativity. The free community event...

Thu, 04/19/2018 — LAWRENCE – Visual art students competing for annual scholarships will exhibit their work in a show April 29 at the University of Kansas. The exhibition is free, and the public is welcome. The exhibit will feature art from more than 50 undergraduate students who have spent the last year exploring and experimenting in various studio areas and are eligible for scholarships based on their creative merits and academic performance. “This show is a celebration of the year's deeply creative output and the talent and creative diversity of our students,” said Matt Burke, associate professor of visual art.    The exhibition begins with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. April 29

Thu, 04/19/2018 — Does seven days of living, breathing and sleeping design as a Jayhawk sound like the best summer vacation? Then, it’s time to register for the 2018 KU Design Camp.  KU Design Camp is a pre-college summer program offered to high school...

Thu, 04/12/2018 — In this pulse-pounding rock musical adapted from a controversial 1891 play, young men and women struggle to define themselves within a repressive culture. A smash hit on Broadway and winner of eight Tony Awards, “Spring Awakening” resonates...

Wed, 04/11/2018 —  You can call her a humanities evangelist. Nancy Jackson believes, contrary to certain national dialogues, that the humanities are vitally important to a vibrant society. She points especially to the nonprofit sector in the United States, which...

Wed, 04/11/2018 — LAWRENCE – Two years after it was filmed in this area and after a year of kudos on the film-festival circuit, the dramatic film “The Tree” is set to live on as an advocacy tool for the compassionate treatment of older people. Department of Theatre Lecturer Laura Kirk co-stars in the film and takes associate producer credit as well. In it, she plays Marge McMillan, the neighbor of the film’s 88-year-old protagonist, Dorothy Thorp, played by veteran Kansas City actress Joicie Appell. Kirk and her real-life husband, fellow actor Paul Fellers, play Thorp’s neighbors. They function in the story much as the protagonist’s adult children would – if she had any around –

Tue, 04/10/2018 — More than 80 outstanding graduate students, as well as staff and faculty, will be recognized at the annual University of Kansas Graduate Awards Ceremony, which will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Ballroom of the Kansas Union....

Fri, 04/06/2018 — KU Libraries will host a presentation by David Bergeron, professor emeritus of English, and Jonathan Lamb, assistant professor of English, from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Kenneth Spencer Research Library. A reception and conversation will...

Thu, 04/05/2018 — Challenges to U.S. liberalism posed by the refugee crisis from Central America will be the topic of the 2018 George and Eleanor Woodyard Lecture at the University of Kansas.  María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, professor with the Department...

Thu, 04/05/2018 — The Hall Center for the Humanities will feature a diverse lineup of authors, journalists and academics for its 2018-19 Humanities Lecture Series. Speakers in the coming academic year will focus on topics ranging from Latinos and immigration...

Wed, 04/04/2018 — LAWRENCE – Speaking out against racism and political demagoguery, for free speech and factual news coverage, putting principle ahead of party – the issues Kansas journalist William Allen White championed a century ago could be torn from today’s headlines. Kevin Willmott's new documentary shows White as a truly modern figure whose beliefs about democracy resonate deeply with current affairs. “William Allen White: What’s the Matter with Kansas?” is the latest directorial effort from Willmott, creator of such films as "Jayhawkers" (2014) and "C.S.A.: Confederate States of America" (2004) and screenwriter of "Chi-Raq" (2015) and the forthcoming "Black Klansman" with

Wed, 04/04/2018 — A zombified bear adorns the cover of Joseph Harrington’s new collection of verse, “Of Some Sky,” (BlazeVOX, 2017). He explains it’s from former Lawrence resident Andy Hadle’s series on mythological creatures. “The painting is titled...

Tue, 04/03/2018 — Ancient indigenous peoples of Latin America fashioned gold and other materials like jade, shell and feathers into flashy, breathtaking jewelry and other pieces of adornment to signify importance. "These were the status objects, the Rolex...

Tue, 04/03/2018 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Department of Spanish & Portuguese will welcome Raquel Salas Rivera, 2018 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and CantoMundo Fellow, for a presentation at the Hall Center for Humanities and a poetry reading at the Raven Book Store on April 23. As a person of mixed ethnicity and heritage born in Mayagϋez, Puerto Rico, and based in Philadelphia, identifying as queer and nonbinary, Rivera writes poetry that pushes political conversations about race, code-switching, sexual/gender identifications and oppressive social and economic pressures predominantly affecting marginalized communities.   Recently selected in January as the 2018 Poet

Mon, 04/02/2018 — If our brains are computers, they are analog and not digital, according to research by a University of Kansas philosopher. Some researchers have argued there is a close analogy between the all-or-nothing nature of neural spikes in the brain and...

Mon, 04/02/2018 — United Kingdom-based artist Paul Harfleet will visit Lawrence April 5-6 to plant pansies at sites of homophobic abuse. Harfleet’s visit is part of the Spencer Museum of Art’s Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI), and he will present...

Fri, 03/30/2018 — A new documentary film about William Allen White will debut with a free premiere April 25, during the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications' weeklong commemoration of the 150th birth year of the Pulitzer...


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