Arts & Humanities
Thu, 01/26/2023 — LAWRENCE – Promoting health equity through culturally competent pharmacy care, dismantling anti-Black linguistic racism, documenting the unique contributions of diverse composers and celebrating living Indigenous cultures while repairing relationships with Native communities are among the goals of four projects selected for the 2022 KU Racial Equity Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity Awards. Led by members of the University of Kansas research and creative community, the two-year projects aim to foster progress toward a state where race no longer determines one’s ability to thrive because systemic barriers to quality housing, education, employment,

Fri, 01/20/2023 — The University of Kansas community now has an additional reason to bookmark NYTimes.com beyond a daily attempt at Wordle. Anyone with a KU email address can access The New York Times for free. Site access was expanded through negotiations by KU...

Thu, 01/19/2023 — What began as a political disagreement between Henry VIII and Pope Clement VII turned into a seismic cultural and theological shift known as the English Reformation. But how this term was eventually coined – and how the event’s true origins...

Thu, 01/19/2023 — Nearly 100 music students from across the region will descend onto the University of Kansas Lawrence campus next month for the Prairie Winds Festival, hosted by the School of Music.  High school participants will join the School of Music’s...

Wed, 01/18/2023 — LAWRENCE – After two years of virtual events, the 2023 Kenneth Spencer Lecture returns to downtown Lawrence this February. The Commons, which hosts the event annually, will welcome poet, essayist, professor and New York Times best-selling author Ross Gay as the 2023 speaker. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Liberty Hall. Gay is the author of four books of poetry: “Against Which”; “Bringing the Shovel Down”; “Be Holding,” winner of the PEN America Literary Jean Stein Award; and “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Award. His first collection of essays, “The

Tue, 01/17/2023 — LAWRENCE – A century after he first rose to prominence as a poet, fiction writer, playwright, autobiographer and satirist, Langston Hughes continues to attract attention from scholars seeking to shed new light on his life and work. In this spirit, the editors of the new book “Langston Hughes in Context” (Cambridge University Press) invited two scholars with ties to the University of Kansas to offer their insights. John Edgar Tidwell, KU professor emeritus of English, and Carmaletta Williams, a KU alumna who is now chief executive officer of Kansas City’s Black Archives of Mid-America, wrote a chapter titled “Love at a Distance in Selected Letters by Langston and

Fri, 12/16/2022 — This spring, 54 University of Kansas students will receive an Undergraduate Research Award (UGRA) from the Center for Undergraduate Research. UGRA recipients are awarded a $1,000 scholarship as they work on mentored research and creative projects.

Fri, 12/09/2022 — KU Endowment has announced the 2022 Chancellors Club Teaching Professorships. Mark Mort, professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, and Cynthia Colwell, professor of music therapy & music education, are this year’s recipients. The...

Thu, 12/08/2022 — In an effort to provide research opportunities to more students, 18 University of Kansas faculty members are working with the Center for Undergraduate Research this fall and spring to redesign portions of their courses to include a larger...

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 — 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

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,...

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...


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