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The Commons announces return of Red Hot Research with adaptations in fall 2021

Tue, 09/14/2021

LAWRENCE — Red Hot Research will return this fall to the University of Kansas in a different setting. Events in the series will take place Fridays in The Commons’ main hall with a reception to follow in Weaver Courtyard in an effort to offer space for collegial exchange in an open-air setting. 

Each session of Red Hot Research will include four presenters sharing short talks on an area of focus within their work, opening the door for new ways of understanding global and local challenges through discussion across perspectives and expertise.

The first event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sept. 24 with the theme of Climate, Culture, Communication. The Commons has announced the presenters for this event, which will be moderated by Ali Brox, environmental studies:

  • Amy Burgin, associate professor of ecology & evolutionary bology and associate scientist at Kansas Biological Survey
  • Hong Tien Vu, associate professor of journalism & mass communications
  • Trevor Lies, doctoral student in psychology
  • Molly Zahn, professor of religious studies.

Subsequent fall 2021 events, all taking place at 4 p.m.:

Oct. 1: Points of Intersection & Separation

Oct. 22: Queer Research, hosted in conjunction with the “51 Years OUT” celebration of LGBTQ liberation history at KU and in Lawrence

Nov. 12: Interspecies Collabration, an homage to research and thinking that shares similar approaches to the KU Common Book, "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants," by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Additionally, one Red Hot Graduate Research session, an opportunity for graduate students to share their work with colleagues across campus, will be presented Nov. 19.

In keeping with the goals of this series, presenters are asked to consider how other disciplinary perspectives could contribute to their research, the likely next steps for the research and challenges that they face in conducting the research. In turn, audience members are asked to, from their own perspectives, offer insights, questions and ideas.

Locations are subject to change as information and advisement around COVID-19 develops. Visit The Commons’ website for further details.



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