Arts & Humanities
Mon, 06/04/2018 — Anyone with vinyl records, CDs, gently used audio equipment or musical instruments gathering dust in their homes is encouraged to consider donating them to the KU Audio-Reader Network, a nonprofit that serves the blind, visually impaired and...

Mon, 06/04/2018 —   LAWRENCE – There’s not a lot of repertoire for cello and percussion, so University of Kansas faculty members Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello, the cellist and percussionist, respectively, who form the duo New Morse Code, commissioned some of their favorite composers to write for them. The result is the group’s first album, “Simplicity Itself,” released on CD late last year by New Focus Recordings. “We create the repertoire to a large extent,” said Compitello, assistant professor of music. “There are some things, particularly from a famous percussionist and cellist who worked together in the 1990s. But most music we play is stuff we have commissioned and

Thu, 05/31/2018 — The 2018 Rocket Grants have awarded a total of $60,000 for 11 artist projects in the Lawrence and Kansas City area. Rocket Grants, a partnership of Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, support...

Thu, 05/31/2018 — Two administrators whose leadership has produced significant advancements in research development have been named as associate deans for research in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas. Tamara Falicov will...

Thu, 05/31/2018 — Five University of Kansas students out of nine national semifinalists have been selected for prestigious Fulbright Awards for research, study or English teaching abroad for 2018-19, with one person declining the award. Notably, KU has three...

Wed, 05/30/2018 — LAWRENCE – Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari is booming. The University of Kansas School of Music lecturer will have four teams of musical entertainers performing nearly 80 Drum Safari shows for children in five states this summer. Draper’s wife, Teryn, recently quit her job as an elementary school music teacher to run the operation full-time. He turned down 100 requests for shows this year, and he is already booking shows for 2019. Upcoming stops will include sites in the Greater Kansas City area as well as cities in Leavenworth, Lyon, Morris, Saline and Sedgwick counties. It’s not unlike a homegrown version of “Stomp” or Blue Man Group. “I’ve had extensive

Thu, 05/24/2018 — LAWRENCE – The Baltic state of Lithuania is home to “a singing culture,” says Professor of Music Debra Hedden, and, in her most recent scholarly article, she tries to adapt some of that country’s methods for an American audience. She also infuses these in her methods classes, in which she’s preparing future teachers to teach children to sing. “Lessons from Lithuania: A Pedagogical Approach in Teaching Improvisation” is the article Hedden published in the most recent edition of the International Journal of Music Education. Hedden directs the music education program at the University of Kansas School of Music. She worked as an elementary school teacher for nearly 20

Tue, 05/22/2018 — Nicole Hodges Persley has been busy, submitting one book to her publisher, researching a second and co-editing a special edition of an academic journal. In November, she was named associate dean for diversity, equity & inclusion by the...

Mon, 05/14/2018 — It was Henry Ford, not Kaiser Bill, who was responsible for the decline of the distinctive German dialects spoken by immigrants and their descendants in five Kansas and Missouri settlements during the 20th century. That has been University of...

Fri, 05/11/2018 — More than 900 students, faculty, staff and guests attended KU’s 21st annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 28 to hear student presenters share the results of their research and creative projects. The event took place in the Kansas...

Thu, 05/10/2018 — Three people were honored at the 21st Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium last month for their extraordinary commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers at the University of Kansas.  Derek Reed, associate professor of applied...

Thu, 05/10/2018 — “Come Together” to support Kansas Audio-Reader at a concert Saturday, May 12, at the Lawrence Art Center. “An Evening With the Music of The Beatles Unplugged,” presented by Signal to Noise, will feature a group of all-star Kansas City...

Thu, 05/10/2018 — Katie Batza, assistant professor of women, gender & sexuality studies has been awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for research to be undertaken in the academic year 2018-19. The ACLS, one of the premier...

Wed, 05/09/2018 — LAWRENCE – When James Higdon, now the Dane and Polly Bales Professor of Organ, arrived at the University of Kansas School of Music 38 years ago, he received a faculty research grant that set him on the path that has culminated in his new two-CD album, “Jehan Alain: Organ Works – a 1942 Perspective.” “I proposed that the university send me to France to study,” Higdon recalled in a recent interview in his office at the Dane and Polly Bales Recital Hall, purpose-built in 1996 adjacent to the Lied Center of Kansas to house the Hellmuth Wolff, opus 40 organ and Higdon’s teaching program. Back in the 1980s, Higdon wanted to and did extend his working partnership with

Tue, 05/08/2018 — Studio 804, based at the University of Kansas, will present its latest design-build project during an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at 1220 E. 12th St. This project occupies one of the most beautiful sites in the city: The...

Tue, 05/01/2018 — LAWRENCE – Lyric soprano Julia Broxholm believes she’s going out on a high note – figuratively speaking – with her 2017 recording “The Soul Fox” (Equilibrium Records). The 62-year-old associate professor and director of the University of Kansas School of Music’s voice division says she’s lost control of a few of the highest notes in her once-expansive upper register, so “The Soul Fox” will likely be her last recording. “This was a kind of culminating thing for me,” Broxholm said recently. And while the recording contains a group of songs Broxholm and her favorite accompanist, pianist Russell Miller, have performed over the years called “Epitaphs and Elegies,” as

Mon, 04/30/2018 — The University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art has received an award of $7,000 from Humanities Kansas and a $4,000 Community Arts Grant from the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission to support an exhibition of Haitian art opening in September 2018.

Thu, 04/26/2018 — Four outstanding University of Kansas undergraduates are representing KU in the Astronaut Scholarship program. The six surviving members of the Mercury 7 mission founded the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation in 1984 as a means to encourage...

Wed, 04/25/2018 — The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas has announced the 2018 recipients of the Jack and Lavon Brosseau Creativity Awards. Established by benefactor Lavon Brosseau in 2011, the awards honor thought-provoking creative work in the...

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 &...


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