Arts & Humanities
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 — 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...

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

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) 

Fri, 05/15/2020 — Laura Phillips, a junior at the University of Kansas, earned an honorable mention recognition from the Morris K. Udall and Stuart Udall Foundation in the competition to become 2020 Udall Scholars. Phillips, from Perry, is majoring in classical...

Thu, 05/14/2020 —   LAWRENCE – When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the University of Kansas campus in March, the piano teachers in the School of Music turned to a technological solution that they say has been a low-cost “lifeline” for students stranded in various places across the country. Students have been able to press the keys of their portable electronic keyboards at home and have their keystrokes reflected simultaneously on a grand piano on campus, where their instructors can listen and offer immediate feedback, just as they would under normal circumstances. According to Scott McBride Smith, the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy, the repurposed “Pianos

Wed, 05/13/2020 — The University of Kansas recently hosted the 23rd annual Undergraduate Research Symposium online.  The Online Undergraduate Research Symposium website features over 200 student presentations from disciplines all across campus. “The winning...

Tue, 05/12/2020 — LAWRENCE – Bill Matney believes music therapists must sing and play a variety of instruments to have a complete toolkit to help their clients. And as his scholarly publications show, the assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Music takes a similarly wide-ranging interest in the field, from probing its deepest philosophical underpinnings to offering very specific instructions in his specialty, the use of percussion and the drum set. In a 2019 issue of The Journal of Music Therapy, the field’s most prestigious, Matney published the article “A Knowledge Framework for the Philosophical Underpinnings of Research: Implications for Music Therapy.”

Tue, 05/12/2020 — Susan Klusmeier, who has served in various roles at the University of Kansas since 2016, and for the past 11 months as interim vice provost for undergraduate studies, will be the new vice provost for academic success. The title change also...

Mon, 05/11/2020 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio's “Trail Mix” will present its first virtual concert with the talented folk duo Ordinary Elephant. The virtual concert will take place at 7 p.m. May 28. Ordinary Elephant won the 2017 International Folk Music Awards by captivating audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone in this world. The collaboration of husband and wife Pete and Crystal Damore, their connection and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage. The Associated Press called their latest work, “Honest,” “one of the best Americana albums of the year.” “Trail


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