Arts & Humanities
Mon, 08/03/2020 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio was set to hold its 12th annual Big Band Christmas on Dec. 12 at Liberty Hall, but due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, KPR has decided to cancel this year’s event. Big Band Christmas traditionally draws more than 500 people to enjoy a night of live jazz music, drinks and dancing. KPR plans to bring Big Band Christmas back in December 2021. Follow KPR on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see announcements on various virtual events KPR will be holding for the foreseeable future. KPR, an 18-time winner of the KAB’s Station of the Year, licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on 91.5 FM and 96.1 FM (KPR2) in Lawrence, 89

Thu, 07/30/2020 — The names of more than 4,700 graduates from the University of Kansas this spring — representing 87 Kansas counties; 49 other states, territories, and Washington, D.C.; and 53 other countries — have been announced by the University...

Thu, 07/23/2020 — Deirdre Cooper Owens, author of "Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology," will give an online talk as part of the Hall Center for the Humanities Summer Speaker Series at the University of Kansas. The event, a Zoom...

Thu, 07/16/2020 — Five University of Kansas visual communication design students have received 2020 American Advertising Federation of Kansas City (AAF-KC) Foundation Scholarships.   According to their website, the AAF-KC Foundation “awards annual...

Thu, 07/09/2020 — The University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance recognized 80 students as recipients of its year-end awards and scholarships, totaling nearly $200,000 in financial support. “We are thankful for the many generous alumni and friends...

Thu, 07/09/2020 — Thomas Jefferson had a busy weekend. Between the premiere of “Hamilton,” which prominently features the third president, and a current movement to tear down his monuments due to his slave-owning legacy, the Founding Father continues to...

Wed, 07/08/2020 — LAWRENCE – If you love music, collect vinyl records or simply need to update your stereo system, you can do that all from the comfort of your home as Audio-Reader’s annual benefit sale, For Your Ears Only, is going virtual this year. What normally is a two-day sale in the fall is transitioning into a series of online virtual sales to benefit Audio-Reader. “Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution and safety for the community, our staff and our volunteers, we decided to change our event to a series of virtual sales,” said Beth McKenzie, development director of Audio-Reader. The first virtual sale begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, July

Mon, 07/06/2020 — More than 7,500 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2020 semester.   The students, from KU’s Lawrence and Edwards campuses and the schools of Health Professions and Nursing...

Tue, 06/30/2020 — The last few months have highlighted the enormous value of the arts and humanities as they inform and inspire people across the United States and around the globe. The Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas is determined to...

Tue, 06/30/2020 — The Spencer Museum of Art has selected “Translated Vase,” a large-scale ceramic work by artist Yeesookyung, as the KU Common Work of Art for the 2020–2021 academic year. Although the University of Kansas’ Common Book program is paused...

Wed, 06/24/2020 — LAWRENCE – For Matt Jacobson, the lesson of his first Emmy Award nomination was pretty simple: When someone you respect invites you to come out and play, go. Jacobson, professor of film & media studies at the University of Kansas, and Jeremy Osbern, his former student and now filmmaking collaborator, have been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for their cinematography on the web-based series “The Square Root.” The award ceremony, which was originally set for June 26, has been postponed to July 26. They won an Indie Series Award in the same category June 19. Osbern had invited Jacobson to shoot certain sequences in the four-episode series on 16mm film, while

Thu, 06/18/2020 — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn, the University of Kansas Midwestern Music Camp continued its 85-year-old tradition online and free of charge. The camp brought together 1,930 virtual students, KU School of Music...

Mon, 06/08/2020 — Protestant vs. Catholic — as they engaged in religio-political rhetorical combat. Hayes is associate professor and chair of the Department of French, Francophone & Italian Studies. His book begins by recounting the 1534 “Affair ...

Thu, 06/04/2020 — LAWRENCE – Five University of Kansas students were selected to receive prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Awards to study, conduct research and teach English abroad for the 2020-2021 academic year. One additional KU student was named as an alternate Fulbright recipient. This year’s Fulbright U.S. Student grantees include two doctoral students who will conduct research and study in Austria and Hungary and three recently graduated seniors who were selected to teach English in Tajikistan, Colombia and Spain. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the start of the program has been delayed to Jan. 1, 2021, and some countries have had to reduce the number of available

Thu, 05/28/2020 — Chancellor Douglas A. Girod has approved promotion and the award of tenure where indicated to 97 individuals on the University of Kansas Medical Center and 62 individuals on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. Girod and Barbara Bichelmeyer, the...

Wed, 05/27/2020 — LAWRENCE – In the post-World War II period, José Limón was the toast of the modern dance world. Erick Hawkins was injured and exiled, seeking a way back that would not torture his and other dancers’ bodies. But today, a new book examining and contrasting their careers holds them up at least as artistic equals and explores their distinctive choreographic approaches. These contrasts are explored from a variety of angles, including gender and race, in the new book by James Moreno, University of Kansas associate professor, titled "Dances of José Limón and Erick Hawkins" (Routledge, 2020). “I was first drawn to José Limón, and I identify with him as a Mexican American

Wed, 05/27/2020 — Woody Allen often writes about how comedy and tragedy are intertwined. A new book finds that’s been the case for thousands of years … but in unexpected ways. “Paracomedy: Appropriations of Comedy in Greek Tragedy” (Oxford University...

Fri, 05/22/2020 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio was set to hold its fourth annual KPR Ice Cream Social on June 18 at Maceli’s. The ice cream social draws nearly 300 KPR members and listeners from around the area. Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, KPR has decided to cancel the 2020 event. The ice cream social is a free community event where KPR members can get ice cream in their own KPR member mug designed by a KPR listener, meet on-air hosts and win KPR swag. KPR also provides ice cream for nonmembers in a paper cup. KPR is working toward planning smaller-scale distribution of this year’s mug to KPR members and sustainers while being mindful of health and safety concerns. Follow

Tue, 05/19/2020 —   LAWRENCE – Kevin Willmott loves “Blazing Saddles” and thinks Mel Brooks’ 1974 comedy about racism in the Wild West still holds up. Not that Hollywood would finance or the public would accept such a film from a white man today, he asserts. That’s why the University of Kansas professor of film & media studies and his fellow African American film professor (New York University) and writing partner Spike Lee make movies like “BlacKkKlansman.” They believe African Americans must tell their own stories. Willmott and Lee shared the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 2018’s “BlacKkKlansman,” and they are already generating Oscar buzz for their next collaboration, “

Mon, 05/18/2020 — LAWRENCE – More than a century ago, before the Great War and long before Hitler’s rise to power, Austrian writer and satirist Karl Kraus (1874-1936) was calling out the danger that “fake news” could drag a nation into unnecessary military conflict and ruin. In that sense, he was one of the first media critics, forming his own magazine, The Torch (Die Fackel), mainly to criticize the dominant and later belligerent narratives pushed by his nation’s leading news outlets. It was just one of the prophecies from Kraus that came to pass and that are reviewed in-depth in a new monograph titled “Karl Kraus and the Discourse of Modernity” (Northwestern University Press) 


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