Arts & Humanities
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 — 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 Humanists” (University of Notre Dame...

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...

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

Fri, 04/22/2022 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio’s “Retro Cocktail Hour” is celebrating 25 years of the program that is “shaken, not stirred.” Join host Darrell Brogdon and KPR staff for a concert featuring the Waitiki 7 at 8 p.m. April 30 at Liberty Hall. The band will travel all the way from Hawaii, Mexico, Boston and Los Angeles to perform. The concert will feature a number of tunes never performed live in concert, including music by Les Baxter, Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman.  “Retro Cocktail Hour,” a two-hour-long weekly serving of "incredibly strange music," includes everything from lounge music to tiki tunes to swinging soundtracks from the '60s and '70s. The show has

Fri, 04/22/2022 — The question of an artist’s influences always seems relevant to critics, and in his new exhibition, “In the Academic Tradition: Connections Between the Artist’s Work and his Art Collection,” Stephen T. Johnson makes no bones about his....

Tue, 04/19/2022 — When the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the world premiere of a live performance of “Astronautica: Voices of Women in Space” in May 2020, the artists and producers decided to develop a video version of their vocal performance, including images...

Mon, 04/18/2022 — Love doesn’t conform; it gets salty, particularly in "H.M.S. Pinafore," also known as "The Lass That Loved a Sailor," where W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan use satire to poke fun at the British class system through the lens of a love...

Wed, 04/13/2022 — A University of Kansas junior has been named as a Newman Civic Fellow, an award that recognizes student leaders who demonstrated an investment in their community through service, research and advocacy. Abeer Iqbal, a junior majoring in...

Wed, 04/13/2022 — An exhibition opening April 20 presents collaborative research across visual art, mathematics, physics, music and dance at the University of Kansas. “Collective Entanglements,” organized by the Spencer Museum of Art’s Integrated Arts...

Tue, 04/12/2022 — LAWRENCE – George Tabori, whose own father died at Auschwitz, did not believe the Holocaust was too serious a subject to treat with humor. Rather, he used absurdity and dark comedy to discomfit and bring about an ethical-witness relationship between the audience and the unthinkable. Rebecca Rovit, now associate professor in the University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance, experienced this dynamic personally while attending a couple of Tabori’s plays in Germany, shortly after the Berlin Wall fell. It informed her work on a chapter in the new book “Open Wounds: Holocaust Theater and the Legacy of George Tabori,” (University of Michigan Press) edited by

Tue, 04/12/2022 — Connect with the diverse global community at the University of Kansas and discover an abundance of international opportunities at the sixth annual International Jayhawk Festival, which will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. April 19 at the Burge Union.

Thu, 04/07/2022 — The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas has announced the hiring of Sydney Pursel as the institution’s first curator for public practice. This new position will focus on ways to include community voices in the Spencer Museum’s...


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