Arts & Humanities
Tue, 09/01/2020 — The School of Architecture & Design at the University of Kansas has announced the Fall 2020 Hallmark Symposium Lecture Series lineup.    The Hallmark Symposium Lecture Series was established in 1984 through the generosity of the...

Fri, 08/28/2020 — The University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design has appointed Nisha Fernando as director of the Interior Architecture program. “We are so glad to have Nisha join our community,” said Joe Colistra, chair of the architecture...

Tue, 08/25/2020 — LAWRENCE – Two University of Kansas professors contend in a new paper that you can bring together two seemingly unrelated classes to the benefit of each if they have “(e)nough connective tissue ... for grafts to take hold and grow, and enough difference to generate new possibilities.” Michelle Heffner Hayes, professor of theatre & dance, and Sherrie Tucker, professor of American studies, published an article in the journal Critical Studies in Improvisation titled “Grafting and other Ramifications: Improvisation Across American Studies and Dance,” which details their collaborations in 2008 and 2012. In those years, they team-taught a group of undergraduate

Mon, 08/24/2020 — A University of Kansas series dedicated to increasing the number of women’s voices in civic spaces across the state will begin fall programming this week with a virtual panel discussion that will include DeAngela Burns-Wallace, the Kansas...

Thu, 08/20/2020 — LAWRENCE – Kent Blansett has won rave reviews for his 2018 book, “A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement” (Yale University Press). The paperback comes out Sept. 8. It’s been optioned for a movie. An exhibition based on his research is up right now on the former prison island in San Francisco Bay, marking the 50th anniversary of the monthslong occupation led by Oakes’ organization Indians of All Tribes.  But the University of Kansas’ new Langston Hughes Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies and of History hopes for one further outcome from his book’s publication: justice for Oakes in the form of a new trial for the man who

Tue, 08/18/2020 — LAWRENCE – Now largely forgotten in the mists of time, the leading female intellects of the transcendentalist movement of early 19th century America will be resurrected in a book for which a University of Kansas professor recently won a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. The $60,000 grant to Randall Fuller, who is the Herman Melville Distinguished Professor of American Literature in KU’s Department of English, was one of a group of 238 projects NEH announced last month it was funding to a tune of $30 million. The NEH Public Scholars grant plus one from the Robert B. Silvers Foundation will give Fuller time to focus on the writing of a group biography he

Tue, 08/18/2020 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio, based at the University of Kansas, has earned the Station of the Year award for a record 19th time from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB). The KAB announced the award Aug. 12.  The Station of the Year award was first presented in 1996. KPR won the prize that first year and has now earned the KAB's highest honor more than any other radio or TV station in the state.   In addition to the coveted top prize, the public radio station received eight individual accolades, including three first-place awards, four second-place awards and one honorable mention. The individual honors were earned in public affairs programs, complete

Mon, 08/17/2020 — LAWRENCE – Kevin Willmott knows well how old the story of anti-Black police brutality is. More than 20 years ago, he began writing a screenplay about the so-called Houston race riot of 1917, when Black soldiers rose up against racist cops. He couldn’t have known that that film, “The 24th,” would premiere during this summer of #GeorgeFloyd, #PortlandProtest and #DefundThePolice. But he knew it would be relevant whenever it came out. “One bad police officer could destroy a city then, and you can destroy a city like that today,” said the University of Kansas professor of film & media studies and Oscar-winning (“BlacKkKlansman”) screenwriter. “Years later, we're

Tue, 08/11/2020 — The next event in the Hall Center Summer Speaker Series will be "An Evening with José Olivarez," presented via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12. This event is co-sponsored by The Commons and Kansas Public Radio. Information on how to connect is...

Tue, 08/11/2020 — LAWRENCE – Zora Neale Hurston’s 1937 novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” is in no danger of being forgotten any time soon. Although overlooked at the time of its publication, it has since come to be considered a masterpiece of the Harlem Renaissance. The novel will serve as the jumping-off point for a teacher training session on Hurston set to take place in summer 2021 at the University of Kansas, using funds from a newly announced National Endowment for the Humanities grant. The seminar will show how Hurston’s work resonates in the era of Black Lives Matter. The $200,000 award goes to KU’s Project on the History of Black Writing for “Hurston on the Horizon:

Mon, 08/03/2020 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio was set to hold its 12th annual Big Band Christmas on Dec. 12 at Liberty Hall, but due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, KPR has decided to cancel this year’s event. Big Band Christmas traditionally draws more than 500 people to enjoy a night of live jazz music, drinks and dancing. KPR plans to bring Big Band Christmas back in December 2021. Follow KPR on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see announcements on various virtual events KPR will be holding for the foreseeable future. KPR, an 18-time winner of the KAB’s Station of the Year, licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on 91.5 FM and 96.1 FM (KPR2) in Lawrence, 89

Thu, 07/30/2020 — The names of more than 4,700 graduates from the University of Kansas this spring — representing 87 Kansas counties; 49 other states, territories, and Washington, D.C.; and 53 other countries — have been announced by the University...

Thu, 07/23/2020 — Deirdre Cooper Owens, author of "Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology," will give an online talk as part of the Hall Center for the Humanities Summer Speaker Series at the University of Kansas. The event, a Zoom...

Thu, 07/16/2020 — Five University of Kansas visual communication design students have received 2020 American Advertising Federation of Kansas City (AAF-KC) Foundation Scholarships.   According to their website, the AAF-KC Foundation “awards annual...

Thu, 07/09/2020 — The University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance recognized 80 students as recipients of its year-end awards and scholarships, totaling nearly $200,000 in financial support. “We are thankful for the many generous alumni and friends...

Thu, 07/09/2020 — Thomas Jefferson had a busy weekend. Between the premiere of “Hamilton,” which prominently features the third president, and a current movement to tear down his monuments due to his slave-owning legacy, the Founding Father continues to...

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...


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