Arts & Humanities
Mon, 12/05/2022 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio welcomes back its Big Band Christmas holiday jazz concert after a two-year hiatus. Join KPR staff members at Liberty Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The concert will feature a night of swingin’ Yuletide favorites with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, an internationally acclaimed performing arts group providing jazz entertainment and education to the Kansas City area and beyond. Formed in 2003, the ensemble brings together 19 of the best musicians that the city has to offer, including direction from bandleader and trumpeter Clint Ashlock. KPR also invites all attendees to support Just Food, Lawrence’s

Fri, 12/02/2022 — LAWRENCE – Michael Krueger’s art is brightly colored and funny, but, like his MAD magazine inspirations, there is a serious subtext of interpersonal, international politics behind the floating cubist noses and revving hot rods. The University of Kansas professor of visual art will take his show on the road again to Paraguay for an exhibition that opens Dec. 4 at a new contemporary gallery in that nation’s capital, Asunción. It is the outgrowth, Krueger said, of an exchange program from 1996 that brought the acclaimed Paraguayan artist Carlos Colombino to KU for a residency. When Colombino reciprocated by inviting him down to Paraguay to show his work in 1997,

Thu, 12/01/2022 — LAWRENCE – After her poem “For My People” propelled Margaret Walker to fame in 1937, while she was in her early 20s, she was considered a peer by nearly every important African American writer and thinker of the mid-20th century, from Langston Hughes to John Hope Franklin. But Walker’s fame waned while she raised four children and toiled in academia at a historically black college in the South. Her later-in-life, headline-grabbing literary and legal disputes with two of the leading Black male writers of her day, Richard Wright and Alex Haley, only reinforced to her the intersectional disadvantage – Black and female – that she fought against her whole life. So why

Mon, 11/28/2022 — The University of Kansas Libraries and The Commons will host the 2023 Engaged Leaders Series, a lecture program featuring Beronda Montgomery, scholar and author of “Lessons From Plants.” Montgomery will present a virtual talk titled...

Mon, 11/28/2022 — A play opening soon at the University of Kansas explores a topic that’s become ever more relevant in recent years: death. “Everybody,” a production of the University Theatre within the Department of Theatre & Dance, offers opportunity...

Tue, 11/22/2022 — The University of Kansas School of Music has announced the return of two beloved annual Vespers programs for the 2022 holiday season. KU Vespers, now in its 98th year, features performances at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. The event is free...

Fri, 11/18/2022 — Three of the 12 members being inducted this weekend in the inaugural class of the Kansas Press Association’s Kansas Photojournalism Hall of Fame are alumni of the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications. Rich...

Thu, 11/17/2022 — KU Libraries will host a panel discussion and musical jam session Nov. 30 with University of Kansas staff, faculty and students who center disability in their departments and classrooms in conjunction with the 2022-23 KU Common Book,...

Thu, 11/17/2022 — LAWRENCE – Don’t expect an ordinary art opening Friday, Nov. 18, when “The Law for Falling Bodies: A Queer Print Media Exhibition” debuts at Kansas City’s Charlotte Street Foundation. Sure, there will be some flat, framed prints on the walls. But there will also be large, three-dimensional forms sticking out from the walls and animations projecting down from the ceiling. Black-and-white forms will vie for attention with a riot of three-dimensional colored objects. Shawn Bitters, associate professor of visual art at the University of Kansas, has curated the show with former graduate student-turned-collaborator Matthew Willie Garcia. Bitters and Garcia also

Fri, 11/04/2022 — A University of Kansas senior from Wichita has advanced to become a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship, which provides funding for graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom. Mary Sevart, who is majoring in chemical engineering...

Fri, 11/04/2022 — The Commons, in partnership with the Department of Visual Art and the Advanced Poetry Writing class, will host artist Fereshteh Toosi at the University of Kansas this month. Toosi’s work largely examines the relationships between humans and...

Thu, 11/03/2022 — The University Dance Company Fall Concert will explore love, community and self-discovery through professionally choreographed works in ballet, hip hop and contemporary dance at the University of Kansas later this month. “The students and...

Wed, 11/02/2022 — The University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies will welcome an esteemed Ukrainian poet for the 2022 annual Palij Lecture on Nov. 6. Lyuba Yakimchuk will present "Ball and Chain: Russian Culture Invasion of...

Tue, 11/01/2022 — Kansas Public Radio will welcome its newest classical music host, Destiny Ann Mermagen, on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Following the retirement of longtime evening classical host Marcia Higginson in July, KPR was left without a local nighttime classical...

Mon, 10/31/2022 — LAWRENCE – For nearly a generation, Odesa native Vitaly Chernetsky has brought a Ukrainian perspective to the English-speaking world through his literary translations. That output continues, even as Ukraine suffers under the latest phase of Russian invasion and occupation. This year, two collections have been published featuring translations Chernetsky has done for the members of what many consider the first family of Ukrainian writers. “Love in Defiance of Pain: Ukrainian Stories” (Deep Vellum Publishing) and “Writing from Ukraine: Fiction, Poetry and Essays since 1965” (Penguin) both feature the same story by Sophia Andrukhovych titled “An Out-of-Tune Piano,

Wed, 10/26/2022 — The University of Kansas School of Music will be celebrating a major milestone this month with a celebration and concert. The KU Jazz 50th Anniversary Celebration will commemorate 50 years of the “official” jazz program — and the...

Tue, 10/25/2022 — A multisite exhibition opening Nov. 3 at the Spencer Museum of Art and Lawrence Public Library shares the experiences of formerly incarcerated women reentering society. The interactive installation “How the Light Gets In” was created by...

Tue, 10/25/2022 — Kansas Public Radio, based at the University of Kansas, has earned the Station of the Year award for a record 21st time from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB). The KAB announced the award Aug. 18. The Station of the Year award was...

Wed, 10/19/2022 — What word best describes the work of Lewis Morrow? “Audacious,” said Nicole Hodges Persley, associate professor of American studies and African & African American studies at the University of Kansas. She is the editor of a new book...

Wed, 10/12/2022 — LAWRENCE – Four University of Kansas professors have been selected to pursue special projects designed to develop their scholarship in a field while also fostering collaboration at KU during the 2022-2023 academic year. The following faculty members were awarded Keeler Intra-University Professorships this academic year: Jay T. Johnson, geography & atmospheric science Kyoungchul “KC” Kong, physics & astronomy Corey Maley, philosophy Kyoim Yun, East Asian languages & cultures Keeler Intra-University Professorships provide faculty members an opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of an academic specialty, to broaden or achieve greater depth in a


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