Wed, 07/18/2018 —
LAWRENCE – With the subject’s knowing gaze, low-cut gown and the jewel-like colors of her embroidered Turkish clothing, the nearly life-size portrait of “Mrs. Thomas Pelham” has been one of the stars of the Spencer Museum of Art’s collection since it was acquired in 1950.
But the museum curators were never sure who painted it – until now.
After years of research, they have reattributed the British 1720s-era painting from Joseph Highmore to John Vanderbank.
This is actually the second reattribution of the painting since 1950. Prior to the 1980s, the painting’s attribution was changed from William Hoare to Joseph Highmore.
“We knew the prior names associated with
Mon, 07/16/2018 — Benjamin Rosenthal was sitting in his mother’s New York apartment, chatting away with someone on the Grindr app, when it occurred to him:
“I didn’t meet with this dude,” said Rosenthal, a University of Kansas Associate Professor of...
Fri, 07/13/2018 — Recent findings from moral psychologists suggests we might have very little rational and intentional control over how we perceive many situations and how we respond to them.
Does this mean we all get a pass when it comes to judging moral actions?
Wed, 07/11/2018 — LAWRENCE – Humanities Kansas recently awarded $2,500 to the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas in support of the Unexpected Caribbean Symposium. This event is designed to expand the understanding of the Caribbean as a complex cultural, geographical and geopolitical space by fostering broad, provocative conversations about Caribbean arts, literature and films. Cécile Accilien, associate professor of Haitian studies, and Giselle Anatol, professor of English, serve as project co-directors.
The Unexpected Caribbean Symposium is a two-day interdisciplinary event and an educator workshop for regional teachers focusing on art,
Tue, 07/10/2018 — After working for many years as an actor and producer, Laura Kirk returned to her native Kansas in 2012 and joined the University of Kansas Department of Film & Media Studies as a lecturer, teaching film acting.
Now, in her first big work...
Tue, 07/10/2018 — More African-American novels will be made available for digital research thanks to a Digital Extension Grant of $150,000 from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) to support the work of the Black Book Interactive Project: Extending...
Fri, 07/06/2018 —
LAWRENCE – Seven students and four faculty and staff members are preparing to travel to Tanzania in August as part of a humanities-based lab titled colLAB: Bridging East Africa’s Digital Health Divide. Through the lab’s field school, participants will learn about how technology transforms health care access and capacity in rural contexts while developing their Kiswahili language skills.
The project brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines across campus, funding from several sources and partnerships with groups around the globe. ColLAB, as it is known, has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, KU’s Research Excellence
Fri, 07/06/2018 — Humanities Kansas recently awarded $9,796 to the Hall Center for the Humanities in support of a new event, “Haunting Humanities: Disciplines in the Dark.” Planned for 6-9 p.m. Oct. 24 at Abe & Jake’s Landing, this event is designed to...
Tue, 07/03/2018 — As a University of Kansas professor has spent two years trying to recreate an ancient Roman structure in western Turkey, he has enlisted the help of a very modern technological tool — a 3-D printer.
Phil Stinson, associate professor of...
Mon, 07/02/2018 —
LAWRENCE – After 11 years of teaching at the University of Kansas, during which time she has performed regularly in Colorado as a principal clarinet of the Boulder Philharmonic (and, until a few seasons ago, the Central City Opera), Stephanie Zelnick has embarked upon a new phase of her career.
“My big passion right now has shifted to recording,” said Zelnick, associate professor of clarinet in the University of Kansas School of Music.
In addition to playing in orchestras and recording solo works (she has made two solo albums, is a Naxos and Innova label recording artist and has recorded multiple tracks for compilations), Zelnick has added a new color to her
Mon, 07/02/2018 — Renowned artist Faith Ringgold will give the keynote lecture for the National African American Quilt Convention (NAAQC) at the Spencer Museum of Art at 6 p.m. July 11. Ringgold will discuss her life in art and activism in dialogue with...
Thu, 06/28/2018 — The University of Kansas Libraries will open a new exhibition in Kenneth Spencer Research Library in July. “The Art of Nature: Natural History Art and Illustration by D.D. Tyler” traces the career of artist Diana Dee Tyler through a lifetime...
Thu, 06/28/2018 — While the AUMI, or Adaptive Use Musical Instrument, is a computer software program that has been around for more than a decade, University of Kansas researcher Abbey Dvorak thinks there is still lots of room to grow its use by music...
Thu, 06/21/2018 — More than 5,400 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2018 semester.
The students, from KU’s Lawrence and Edwards campuses and the schools of Health Professions and Nursing...
Mon, 06/18/2018 — Kansas Public Radio wants to say “thank you.” The public radio station is hosting an ice cream social in Lawrence to show appreciation to their listening community for supporting the station.
KPR will be serving complimentary Sylas and...
Thu, 06/14/2018 — Six Kansas artists have created site-specific artwork for the Salina Health Education Center — the new home of the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina and the KU School of Nursing-Salina — which will have its grand opening June 21.
Tue, 06/12/2018 — This summer, 10 KU students will receive Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs). The recipients are each awarded a $1,000 scholarship as they work on mentored research and creative projects.
Students apply for UGRAs by writing a four-page...
Fri, 06/08/2018 — LAWRENCE – Combining the old arts of stonecraft and sketching with modern 3-D imaging, the University of Kansas Natural History Museum is launching an effort to replace its iconic grotesques.
The mythical beasts that adorned Dyche Hall were removed in fall 2017, crated and placed on view in the museum. The fantastical limestone animals have suffered serious erosion since their installation in 1903 when Dyche Hall was built.
KU has awarded the contract for carving new grotesques to Ramberg Stoneworks, in collaboration with the KU School of Architecture & Design. A fundraising effort is underway to raise $150,000 to recreate the sculptures and place them back on
Tue, 06/05/2018 —
LAWRENCE – With an upcoming sabbatical from his teaching duties, a Hall Center for the Humanities Fellowship and now the support that comes from having been named a Core Writer by the Minneapolis-based Playwrights’ Center, Associate Professor of English Darren Canady has only the blank page to conquer.
Canady, author of such recent plays as “Ontario Was Here” (a drama set in a child welfare office) and “Black Butterflies” (which examines the school-to-prison pipeline), was recently named one of the Playwrights’ Center’s six Core Writers in the class of 2018-21. The program provides financial and other forms of support, Canady said.
The center promises to support
Mon, 06/04/2018 — After being forced to flee Germany during World War II due to her anti-fascist stances, author Anna Seghers returned in 1947, eventually moving to East Berlin.
Her views as a leftist and socialist have likely caused her work to be obscured...