Arts & Humanities
Wed, 06/22/2022 — LAWRENCE – It’s an overstatement to say that the current movement to topple statues of Christopher Columbus and end Columbus Day celebrations began with John Brougham’s “Columbus” burlesque of 1857-1876. But a new, critical, online edition of the play’s fluid text calls it an early and thus an important example of American literature criticizing Columbus’ colonial crimes. What is termed a “microedition” of “John Brougham’s Columbus Burlesque” has been published in the latest edition of the journal Scholarly Editing. Laura Mielke, Dean’s Professor of English at the University of Kansas, co-edited the microedition with former KU doctoral student Rachel Linnea Brown

Mon, 06/20/2022 — LAWRENCE – In the conventional telling of African American literary history, the 1930s are overshadowed, at best, by the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and the social realism/protest novels of the 1940s. But a new volume on the decade marked indelibly by the Great Depression takes a closer look and finds important transitions between one era and the other occasioned by such disparate forces as the New Deal and the Communist Party USA. “African American Literature in Transition, 1930-1940” is the 10th volume in a planned series of 17 from Cambridge University Press. Ayesha Hardison, University of Kansas associate professor of English, co-edited the collection of

Mon, 06/13/2022 — LAWRENCE – A grant from the National Science Foundation will permit a University of Kansas professor to work with Congolese refugees in the Kansas City area on a project he hopes will elucidate certain Bantu language features while bolstering KU’s status as a hub for both African and linguistic studies. John Gluckman, assistant professor of linguistics, will receive $320,000 for the grant. Bantu is a family of more than 600 languages spoken throughout central, southern and east Africa. According to an abstract describing his proposal, Gluckman wrote that it “expands the general understanding of sentences-within-sentences by focusing on variation within the Bantu

Thu, 06/09/2022 — Four University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design students in the Visual Communication Design program have been awarded 2022 American Advertising Federation of Kansas City (AAF-KC) Foundation Scholarships.  Students receiving...

Thu, 06/09/2022 — The Achievement & Assessment Institute has announced the recipients of this year’s Arts & Humanities Grant. Ash Wilson, director of the Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity at KU, and David Mai, assistant teaching professor in...

Tue, 06/07/2022 — This summer, nine University of Kansas students will receive an Undergraduate Research Award (UGRA). UGRA recipients are awarded a $1,000 scholarship as they work on mentored research and creative projects. Students apply for UGRAs by writing a...

Mon, 06/06/2022 — This week, the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH) at the University of Kansas is hosting 24 scholars and community partners from across the country to participate in a program designed to strengthen collaborative projects in...

Thu, 05/26/2022 — The Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas has announced the recipients of fellowships and grants awarded for 2022-2023. “As always, the applications submitted were impressive, reflecting the extraordinary quality of...

Wed, 05/18/2022 — LAWRENCE – Parenthood may seem like the most natural, nearly universal adult condition. And yet, according to Maria Velasco, in the art world and especially the academic art world, parenthood is truly challenging, edgy subject matter because it’s liable to get you dismissed as hokey and sentimental. That’s why it is a bold choice for the subject of a forthcoming exhibition the University of Kansas professor of visual art co-curated for the Lawrence Arts Center titled “Making It Work.” The show opens May 27 and runs through July 30. “The most activist thing we can do right now is to speak up and take up public space – to make ourselves visible, because the culture

Fri, 05/13/2022 — Over 215 undergraduate students participated in the 25th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium this year at the University of Kansas. The symposium was entirely online and features oral and poster presentations as well as artist talks and...

Fri, 05/13/2022 — LAWRENCE – Three University of Kansas students received prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Awards to study, conduct research and teach English abroad for the 2022-2023 academic year. Four additional KU students were named as alternate Fulbright recipients. This year’s Fulbright U.S. Student Award grantees are recent graduates from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Radhia Abdirahman will pursue a master’s degree in public health in Australia, and Ross Acree and Olivia Shaffer will teach English in Taiwan and Madagascar, respectively.  The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is

Thu, 05/12/2022 — The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas has announced the 2022 recipients of the Jack & Lavon Brosseau Creativity Awards. Established by benefactor Lavon Brosseau in 2011, the awards honor innovative and risk-taking creative...

Tue, 05/10/2022 — KU International Affairs has awarded more than $46,000 in travel grants to 13 KU faculty members and one graduate student to support research and collaboration abroad. These competitively awarded funds were dispersed among faculty and students...

Tue, 05/10/2022 — The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas and Charlotte Street Foundation have announced the return of Rocket Grants with the call for artists opening May 13. With support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Rocket...

Mon, 05/09/2022 — The University of Kansas Libraries announced the winners of the 64th annual Snyder Book Collecting Contest at an awards presentation last month. The contest, established by libraries donor Elizabeth Snyder in 1957, is designed to recognize...

Mon, 05/09/2022 — as opposed to strictly religious or royal — worldview. Hedeman, Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of Kansas, has just published “Visual Translation: Illuminated Manuscripts and the First French...

Fri, 05/06/2022 — LAWRENCE – What if choreographer Alvin Ailey decided to racially integrate his all-Black dance company today? Can you imagine the firestorm? Darren Canady could, and has, in his new play, “The Percy Meacham Dance Experience,” a professionally shot video recording that premieres online tonight and runs through May 13 as part of the Minneapolis-based Playwrights Center’ Playlabs Festival. There is no charge to watch the performance, but RSVPs are requested. Canady, professor of English at the University of Kansas, said he was going through the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey’s archives when the idea occurred to him. “I noticed he had integrated his company much

Wed, 05/04/2022 — LAWRENCE – The idea that humor is an appropriate response to oppression and is used to shine a light on the truth is an old one, and it comes up yet again with a new twist in a new book by James Yékú, assistant professor of African digital humanities at the University of Kansas, titled “Cultural Netizenship: Social Media, Popular Culture and Performance in Nigeria” (Indiana University Press). If Western audiences think of Nigeria and social media together at all, they might recall the worldwide #BringBackOurGirls hashtag campaign spawned by the 2014 kidnapping of 276 schoolchildren by the Islamist terrorists Boko Haram, or the more recent #EndSARS campaign against

Thu, 04/28/2022 — The 41st class of University Scholars and their faculty mentors were recently recognized during a reception April 26 in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Memorial Union at the University of Kansas. University Honors Program Director Sarah...

Mon, 04/25/2022 — LAWRENCE – The critical hit streaming 2021 miniseries “WandaVision” is just the latest example of the image of the witch being exploited for profit by American capitalism, according to a University of Kansas researcher. That was one of the insights that Jane Barnette, associate professor of theatre and a practitioner of the craft herself, gained while writing a new article about Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, a character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Barnette’s article in the latest edition of Theatre Journal, “What is Wanda but Witches Perservering? Palimpsests of American Witches in WandaVision,” goes beyond an update of witch history on the


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