Arts & Humanities
Thu, 07/18/2019 — observant, perceptive and powerful.  Susan Klusmeier, interim vice provost for undergraduate studies, will give opening remarks, and Jennifer Ng, interim vice provost for diversity & equity and associate professor of educational ...

Wed, 07/17/2019 — Dec. 7, 1941. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A date which will live in infamy. But what few people understand is the attack wasn’t limited to Hawaii, and it didn’t actually end Dec. 7. That’s the impetus for a new book titled...

Tue, 07/16/2019 — LAWRENCE – Long before he became ensconced as assistant director of jazz studies at the University of Kansas, “since the beginning of the internet,” saxophonist Matt Otto has been online, offering lessons to the masses. He’d studied at Berklee and The New School, played professionally, including a yearslong stint in Japan, then returned to his native Los Angeles to earn a master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts. “My saxophone blog, mattotto.org, was one of the very first lesson blogs online,” he said. “Now there are thousands of them. But when I started, I don't think there were any others.” The website, which has had nearly 2 million hits over

Mon, 07/15/2019 — On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 became the first crewed mission to land on the surface of the moon. Considered one of mankind’s most historic achievements, the U.S. mission turned science fiction into reality. This Saturday marks the 50th...

Thu, 07/11/2019 — The Spencer Museum of Art has earned a grant of $650,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) for the next five years. A 2015 award of $487,000 from the Mellon Foundation launched IARI...

Thu, 07/11/2019 — College philosophy classes may open your mind to new ways of thinking. But can they really affect how you behave? The answer is yes, according to a new study. “In the current environment where people are not reasoning so well, it is...

Mon, 07/08/2019 — LAWRENCE – Can we tolerate intolerance? If so, how? And why should we? Like someone dreading a holiday-dinner encounter with a bigoted family member, those are the questions playwright Paris Crayton III and director Markus Potter pose with the initial workshop production of “Chasing Gods” this month. Set in the aftermath of the 2016 shooting massacre of 49 patrons at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, “Chasing Gods” examines the family life of a fundamentalist Christian clergywoman, Deidra Curtis, who is compelled to use biblical scripture to condemn the lifestyle of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s in its first production with the Kansas Repertory Theatre, in association with

Mon, 07/01/2019 — LAWRENCE – Affordable housing is the issue of the day in Kansas and around the world. So it is that two researchers in the University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design have received a $20,000 honorarium from the city of Sydney, Australia, to flesh out their shortlisted entry in that city’s Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge. Joe Colistra, associate professor and director of the Institute for Smart Cities, and Nilou Vakil, program director of the school’s interior architecture and design program director, are spouses as well as partners in a firm they call in SITU Design. Among 230 international entrants, they were the only non-Australians selected for

Mon, 07/01/2019 — Paul Mirecki found himself in the middle of an Indiana Jones-style quest involving looted antiquities. It began with half of a Torah scroll (a handwritten copy of the holiest book in Judaism) dated to about 1750. Mirecki, associate professor of...

Thu, 06/27/2019 — A family struggles to find common ground following the Pulse nightclub shooting in “Chasing Gods,” a new play by Paris Crayton III, who is in residence at the University of Kansas this summer. As this work develops, the cast members – a...

Tue, 06/25/2019 —  On June 28, 1969, a police raid at the Stonewall Inn prompted members of New York City’s gay community to engage in violent demonstrations that became known as the Stonewall Riots. This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the momentous...

Mon, 06/24/2019 — LAWRENCE – Stop the presses! Start tweeting! There is breaking news from the 15th century! A University of Kansas scholar has just identified one of the most important British authors between Chaucer and Shakespeare, Thomas Hoccleve, as the man who wrote a book held in the British national library collection for centuries. Described in a new article in the Review of English Studies, using handwriting analysis, Associate Professor of English Misty Schieberle identifies Hoccleve as the scribe responsible for a volume known as “British Library MS Harley 219.” It is a collection of selected literary works in English, French and Latin, with Hoccleve’s annotations and

Mon, 06/24/2019 — Americans are hooked on the Netflix series “When They See Us,” which reconstructs the true story of five Harlem teens falsely accused of a brutal crime. But a new study suggests entertainment programs about cases of wrongful conviction...

Fri, 06/21/2019 — LAWRENCE – Tattoo art icon Don Ed Hardy has come full circle more than once. He’s gone from student of East Asian art history to commercial juggernaut and back to fine art. And even within the fashion world, he’s had a recent comeback after his early 2000s success led to overexposure and backlash. As a friend of nearly 40 years, University of Kansas researcher Sherry Fowler was there for much of it. That’s partly why she, along with her husband, Dale Slusser, was asked to contribute an essay for the catalog that accompanies the forthcoming Hardy exhibition at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. “Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin” (July 13-Oct. 6) is the first museum

Mon, 06/17/2019 — LAWRENCE – Growing up on a farm and carrying on a family tradition is one thing. Taking on the trials of farming from scratch? That’s quite another. The environmental and societal concerns that drive some 21st-century farm families away from cities and even divide them from their conventional-farming neighbors are the focus of the new book “New Farmers 2014/2018” (P&T Committee, 2019) created by a cross-disciplinary team of University of Kansas scholars. The project had its genesis when Paul Stock, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the Environmental Studies Program, met Bryon Darby, former KU assistant professor of photo media and now a

Fri, 06/14/2019 — This summer, 13 University of Kansas students will receive Undergraduate Research Awards, which come with $1,000 scholarships as recipients work on mentored research and creative projects. “Every day across campus, KU undergraduates work with...

Fri, 06/14/2019 — If your car has an electronic parking brake, you’re asking for trouble. “There are measures we should build into the design of computerized systems,” said John Symons, professor of philosophy at the University of Kansas. “A manual...

Thu, 06/13/2019 — Anyone with vinyl records, CDs, gently used audio equipment or musical instruments gathering dust in their homes is encouraged to consider donating them to the KU Audio-Reader Network, a local nonprofit that serves the blind, visually impaired...

Wed, 06/12/2019 — If we accept French writer Jean Cocteau’s dictum that great literature is “simply a dictionary in disorder,” then Stephen T. Johnson’s 2-story-tall mosaic triptych featuring the alphabet and animating the new Lenexa City Center branch of...

Tue, 06/11/2019 — LAWRENCE – Fifty years on, the time is right for a reappraisal of the Black Power movement in America. That’s what University of Kansas scholar Ayesha Hardison has in mind with the first in a series of essays for what she intends to be a book on the subject. In this case, she has contributed a chapter titled “Stalled in the Movement: The Black Panther Party in 'Night Catches Us'” to a new book titled “The Strange Careers of the Jim Crow North: Segregation and Struggle Outside the South” (New York University Press, 2019) edited by Brian Purnell and Jeanne Theoharis with Komozi Woodard. It’s an examination of the 2010 film “Night Catches Us” from director Tanya


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