Arts & Humanities
Thu, 05/23/2019 — A fourth-year architecture student at the University of Kansas was selected to receive a fellowship award from the KU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Ashley Farrow, was selected to receive the James Blackiston Memorial Graduate...

Wed, 05/22/2019 — After the Golden Horde swarmed over the Great Wall of China and dethroned the Northern Song Dynasty in 1127, deposed Emperor Huizong became known as a dilettante who collected over 6,000 paintings and worked on his own art while ignoring the...

Tue, 05/21/2019 — More than 230 graduate students at the University of Kansas were awarded doctorates at the annual Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 18 in the Lied Center. University marshals presided over the ceremony, joined by Interim Dean & Executive Vice...

Mon, 05/20/2019 — LAWRENCE – Would-be filmmakers in Latin America face enormous odds compared to Europeans, much less North Americans. But democratization in technology and regional politics frees today’s Latin American filmmakers to tell more intensely personal stories that are finding receptive audiences globally. Those are among the conclusions drawn by Tamara Falicov, professor of film & media studies, in her new book, “Latin American Film Industries” (British Film Institute, 2019). It’s the latest in a series of books on international film and television industries published by BFI. Its purview spans from the dawn of Latin American cinema in early 20th century Mexico to

Thu, 05/16/2019 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas students in the School of Architecture & Design’s Studio 804 will be showcasing their latest design-build project during an open house Saturday, May 18. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 1501 and 1503 Oak Hill Avenue sites in Lawrence. Led by Professor Dan Rockhill, Studio 804 is a pioneering capstone program in which masters-level students spend the nine-month academic year designing, then constructing, a building from concept to completion. The open house will be the culmination of a process beginning in August in which students completed all aspects of design, planning and construction of two affordable, modern

Thu, 05/16/2019 — A Kansas Repertory Theatre collaboration with a New York City theatre company will allow a new play to be shaped by local audiences before debuting off-Broadway. Kansas Repertory Theatre will stage a production of “Chasing Gods” by Paris...

Tue, 05/14/2019 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas students in the School of Architecture & Design’s Dirt Works Studio will be wrapping up and showing off their redesign and renovation of two classrooms in the Nunemaker Center on Daisy Hill during a ribbon cutting May 15. The Dirt Works Studio – a third-year architecture design-build studio led by Associate Professor Chad Kraus – has brought sunlight into once-dark classrooms and enhanced the openness of common spaces for the University Honors Program. Students completed their design of the new space during the first eight weeks of the fall 2018 semester and spent most of their Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays this spring dedicated

Tue, 05/14/2019 — LAWRENCE – For an oboe player, the music of the Baroque Period is a logical place to begin recording. That’s what University of Kansas Professor of Music Margaret Marco did with her first solo CD in 2009, “Hidden Gems: Oboe Sonatas of the French Baroque.” In contrast, her new recording, “Still Life,” features Marco and several fellow composer/performer faculty members in a series of new works for solo and chamber ensemble. The recordings were made on campus, too, at Swarthout Recital Hall, Bales Organ Recital Hall and the studios of Kansas Public Radio. Despite critics who praise her tone and command of her instrument (she performs with the Kansas City Chamber

Mon, 05/13/2019 — University of Kansas junior theatre design major Kayleigh Shaffer has received a First Place National award for Sound Design at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. As a result, she’ll receive a monetary award and a paid trip...

Mon, 05/13/2019 — LAWRENCE – While growing up in the Southeast, Laura Mielke visited the Harpers Ferry historic site with her parents. But it wasn’t until she became a professor of English at the University of Kansas that she began to think more deeply about the abolitionist raider John Brown’s backstory here. The mixed motivations, personal and political, that Brown may have had for the raid on the federal arsenal in what is now West Virginia are broached in one of the plays Mielke writes about in her new book, “Provocative Eloquence: Theater, Violence, and Antislavery Speech in the Antebellum United States” (University of Michigan Press, 2019). The book explores how the

Mon, 05/13/2019 — The Hall Center for the Humanities has announced its Humanities Lecture Series for 2019-2020. Founded in 1947, the Humanities Lecture Series is the oldest continuing series at the University of Kansas. More than 185 eminent scholars from around...

Fri, 05/10/2019 — More than 800 students, faculty, staff, and guests attended KU’s 22nd annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 27 to hear student presenters share the results of their research and creative projects. The event took place in the Kansas...

Wed, 05/08/2019 — The Spencer Museum of Art has announced the 2019 recipients of the Jack & Lavon Brosseau Creativity Awards. Established by benefactor Lavon Brosseau in 2011, the awards honor thought-provoking creative work in the categories of writing and...

Mon, 05/06/2019 — three buttons to push down. OK, I can do this. Band day’s getting better by the minute.’ "And then I saw the trombone, and it had a slide — no buttons to push at all. ...

Fri, 05/03/2019 — Virtually every corner of the University of Kansas benefits from donor contributions, from digging up dinosaur bones to planting gardens, and the crowdfunding platform LaunchKU has helped groups across the university accomplish those tasks and...

Wed, 05/01/2019 — LAWRENCE – More than one white politician has landed in hot water this year after old photographs of them dressed in blackface surfaced. Clearly, racial stereotypes are still a touchy subject. So is it OK for minorities to dress in whiteface? What if it’s meant to represent an inner conflict among people of mixed-race identity? “This question implies that there is such a thing as reverse racism, and I don’t think we can even ask that without discussing the systemic inequality and racial hierarchies that result in internalized racism experienced by historically underrepresented groups,” said Nicole Hodges Persley, University of Kansas associate professor of theatre

Wed, 05/01/2019 — The 2019 Rocket Grants have awarded a total of $60,000 for 11 artist projects in the Lawrence and Kansas City area. Rocket Grants, a partnership of Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art, support...

Tue, 04/30/2019 — A sculpture commemorating the veterans and casualties of World War I is getting a new home on the University of Kansas campus. On campus since 1982 east of Dyche Hall, the Victory Eagle sculpture will join other KU war memorials in its new...

Mon, 04/29/2019 — LAWRENCE - Chancellor Douglas A. Girod has approved promotion and the award of tenure, where indicated, for 78 individuals at the University of Kansas Lawrence and Edwards campuses and 73 individuals at the KU Medical Center campuses. Girod issued a shared statement of congratulations with Interim Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Carl Lejuez, who chairs the University Committee on Promotion and Tenure on the Lawrence campus, and Dr. Robert Simari, executive vice chancellor at KU Medical Center. “This is an important milestone for these exceptional faculty and scholars. They have dedicated their career toward advancing knowledge, and we hope the entire

Mon, 04/29/2019 — LAWRENCE – Several years ago, when he was supposed to be composing a work on commission, University of Kansas Professor of Music Composition Forrest Pierce came full stop. “During a period of grief, I found myself unable to compose,” he said. “The work I had been attempting, a setting of St. Francis of Assisi's "Cantico delle Creature," required too much praise … too much presence for me in my hollow condition.” Instead, he said, “I found myself thinking of my homeland in the West and the otherworldly wilderness embodied in the writing of Gary Snyder. A poem from Snyder's collection ‘Turtle Island’ called ‘A Prayer to the Great Family’ opened a window onto the


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