Alicia Marksberry
KU Libraries

KU Libraries Common Book-themed exhibition 'Sitting in a Circle' to open March 31 in newly renovated Haricombe Gallery

Mon, 03/28/2022

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Libraries will open a new exhibition in Watson Library’s newly renovated Haricombe Gallery, “Sitting in a Circle,” on March 31.

The exhibition showcases the creative work and reflections generated by students and faculty as they engage with the 2021-22 KU Common Book, “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants.” The event will also give attention to other Common Book-related opportunities, including the Common Work of Art, a Braiding Sweetgrass Walking Tour and the university’s Native Medicinal Plant Garden.

The event celebrating the opening of the exhibit begins with a reception at 3:30 p.m., March 31, in Watson Library, Third Floor West. The program’s panel discussion on their interactions with “Braiding Sweetgrass,” moderated by Samantha Bishop Simmons, undergraduate learning specialist, will begin at 4 p.m. Panelists include Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, associate professor of music therapy; Shannon Criss, professor of architecture; and Mary Anne Jordan, professor of visual arts in textiles. Food and beverages will be provided at this event, which is free and open to the public. A recording of the event will be available upon request for those who cannot attend in person.

“Sitting in a Circle” will be on display until Aug. 31 and can be explored online in the virtual exhibition.

For more information, contact Kelly Spavin-Silvermintz at

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