Arts & Humanities
Thu, 03/06/2014 — Profirio Fernandes Xavier recently embarked on the journey of a lifetime. It’s taken him over 9,000 miles from the small country of East Timor to Marvin Hall, courtesy of the Fulbright Scholar Program. And, the 30-year-old East Timorese...

Wed, 03/05/2014 — Four teams from the departments of Design and Architecture recently spent a weekend participating in the 48Hour Repack competition. They had just 48 hours to come up with a better way to create prototype packaging for one of four breakfast...

Tue, 03/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and 20 years of folk music on KPR’s "Trail Mix," you’re invited to a special double-bill concert featuring singer-songwriter Ashley Davis and fiddler Liz Carroll. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Liberty Hall. For the last 20 years, "Trail Mix" has brought listeners the best music from yesterday’s and today’s singer-songwriters, spiced with Americana, alternative country, folk-rock, bluegrass, traditional folk and Celtic music. From Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell to Doc Watson and Alison Krauss, it’s all on "Trail Mix." “It’s been a fantastic 20 years on 'Trail Mix,'” McWilliams said. “Over that

Fri, 02/28/2014 — OVERLAND PARK – While the “Monuments Men” took the first crucial steps in recovering cultural treasures stolen by the Nazis, the fight to return artworks to the victims and their families goes on nearly 70 years after the end of World War II.  Raymond Dowd, a partner in the New York firm of Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP, will speak next week at the University of Kansas about ongoing efforts led by him and others to secure the return of these masterworks, including his arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. “Murder, Mystery and Masterpieces: The Legal Implications of World War II Stolen Art” will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at

Fri, 02/28/2014 — LAWRENCE – An innovative University of Kansas performance that intertwines contemporary dance with video art is headed to New York City in March. The piece, titled “human, next” is a collaboration between choreographer James Moreno, an assistant dance professor, and visual artist Benjamin Rosenthal, an assistant professor of expanded media. Covering new ground in the way that dance and digital media intersects, “human, next” examines a subject that isn’t often conveyed through dance: what it means to be human in a digital world. “Dance is often described as the most human of performing arts because the body is the medium,” Moreno said. “So it makes things

Fri, 02/28/2014 — Earlier this month the National Association of Systems Contractors announced that Robert Coffeen, acoustics lecturer for the Department of Architecture, has won its annual Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award. “We’re honored to pay tribute...

Fri, 02/28/2014 — In an effort to bring books and art from walled-in institutions to sidewalks, the University of Kansas is working with the local community to build a community network of libraries that are about the size of birdhouses. Tapping into two...

Thu, 02/27/2014 — Poets can use more than just the pen. Maria Damon’s most recent tool of choice is weaving and needlepoint. Damon of the Pratt Institute of Art in New York will deliver this year’s Eberhardt Lecture, sponsored by the Department of English of...

Wed, 02/26/2014 — Philip Lutgendorf, professor of Hindi and modern Indian studies at the University of Iowa, will give a lecture for the Department of Religious Studies. His talk, "The Clue in the Lake: Tulsidas and the Sufis of Avadh," will take place at 3 p.m....

Wed, 02/26/2014 — LAWRENCE – Leaders from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, the Kansas Humanities Council, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Kansas Historical Society headline a series of three presentations on obtaining careers in “applied humanities” at the Hall Center on Thursday afternoons in March. Offering practical advice on how graduate students in the humanities and social sciences can apply their intellectual interests and scholarly skill sets to pursue

Wed, 02/26/2014 — Experts and scholars from around the country will come to the University of Kansas next month to discuss Turkey and its potential to be a game changer in global politics. The University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian...

Tue, 02/25/2014 — In his play “Soul Gone Home,” published in 1937, Langston Hughes includes a powerful scene where a man who died at a young age rises up out of his casket and begins to criticize his mother for the lack of care she gave him. She tries to...

Tue, 02/25/2014 — The University of Kansas has experts who can provide insight into the political protests and increasing violence in Venezuela. Protests have grown deadly in the past two weeks as citizens have called for the resignation of President Nicolas...

Mon, 02/24/2014 — Six shows at the Art and Design Gallery at the University of Kansas will feature work by students pursuing graduate degrees in the Department of Visual Art. The MFA Student Exhibitions, which began Feb. 23 and run through Friday, April 11,...

Fri, 02/21/2014 — LAWRENCE – Three books authored by professors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas have received book awards from the top source for reviews of academic titles. Choice magazine named three titles Outstanding Academic Titles of 2013: “Chosen People: The Rise of American Black Israelite Religions,” by Jacob Dorman “The Encyclopedic Guide to American Intentional Communities” by Timothy Miller “The Jewish Kulturbund Theatre Company in Nazi Berlin” by Rebecca Rovit Dorman is an assistant professor in the departments of American Studies and History. “Chosen People” explores Black Jews and relations between Jews and African-Americans

Thu, 02/20/2014 — The University of Kansas Libraries will present “The Magic of Oz: A Collection Celebrating a Classic,” a special exhibition displaying rare books and artifacts pertaining to the Wizard of Oz series and its creator, prolific author L. Frank...

Thu, 02/20/2014 — LAWRENCE –  Flamenco - a dance of fierce foot stopping, passionate arm waving and intense guitar playing – can be a window into the observer’s own culture. As the educational curator for the upcoming Philadelphia Flamenco Festival, Michelle Heffner Hayes, a professor of dance at the University of Kansas, aims to create an appreciation of flamenco for those who normally wouldn’t be introduced to the dance or the scholarly works that surround it. During the festival, which runs March 1-16, Hayes will travel to different neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia connecting a 200-year-old art form to everyday lives and American culture. “It speaks so beautifully to the

Tue, 02/18/2014 — LAWRENCE – A new accelerated program will allow advanced students at the University of Kansas to obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy in just five years. The accelerated master’s program in philosophy is the only such degree offering in Kansas and bordering states. The Department of Philosophy developed the program in response to student interest. The program will open opportunities for students to complete advanced studies, such as a doctorate in philosophy or a law degree. Admission to highly competitive doctoral programs in philosophy increasingly requires completion of a master’s degree at another institution. KU’s program offers a rigorous

Mon, 02/17/2014 — Four outstanding juniors at the University of Kansas have been nominated to compete for Harry S. Truman Scholarships. The students, three from Kansas and one from Indiana, are competing for national awards that provide up to $30,000 for college...

Fri, 02/14/2014 — The Langston Hughes Center, the Department of African & African American Studies and the University of Kansas community will honor and remember Amiri Baraka (1934-2014), a poet, playwright, novelist, music critic and political activist. The...


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