Arts & Humanities
Wed, 01/30/2019 — Walter Mosley, novelist and social commentator, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Kansas Memorial Union Ballroom. “Political Optimism in the Age of Trump” is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will take place after...

Tue, 01/29/2019 — With membership in a global music education organization and a new partnership with Shanghai Normal University, the University of Kansas School of Music continues to strengthen its relationships with Chinese music institutions. In December, the...

Mon, 01/28/2019 — The University of Kansas Libraries will open a new exhibition in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library this spring. “Meet the Spencers: A Marriage of Arts and Sciences” features a personal look at Kenneth A. and Helen F. Spencer, avid...

Wed, 01/23/2019 — Megan Kaminski grew up in an East Coast city, so she knows what some there think of the Midwest: flyover country. But during the 11 years the associate professor has been part of the University of Kansas Department of English, she has found it...

Tue, 01/22/2019 — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas will deliver a timely talk on the rights of immigrants with his presentation this week at Liberty Hall. Vargas will deliver the Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture for...

Tue, 01/22/2019 — LAWRENCE – Nearly a quarter-million people volunteer each year to work for the National Park Service. That’s a lot of trash pickup and trail blazing. But University of Kansas researcher Jeremy Shellhorn, his colleagues and students have just donated work of a very different sort: a new typeface inspired by the iconic, wooden wayfinding signs of the Park Service. Inspired by the bureau's communal ethic, Shellhorn and friends have made their font – which is named “National Park Typeface” – open-source, meaning it is free to download. Shellhorn, associate professor of design, is an avid outdoorsman who has cultivated relationships with rangers at Colorado’s Rocky

Fri, 01/18/2019 — Faculty and researchers at the University of Kansas will find new services to help put their work into the hands of others. The University Press of Kansas (UPK) has earned a reputation for publishing distinguished scholarship, and now it is...

Fri, 01/18/2019 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio’s “Retro Cocktail Hour” will shake away the winter blues with a Kansas Tiki Week performance by the Tiki Torches at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at Maceli’s in downtown Lawrence. Doors open at 7 p.m. Escape to a warmer place this winter with the musical stylings of the Tiki Torches, a talented foursome from Dallas. The group will perform classics like Les Baxter’s “Quiet Village,” “Jungle Drums” and “Misirlou,” along with their own original tunes. Enjoy tiki-inspired cocktails and appetizers from Maceli’s while you sway to the Tiki Torches’ tunes. They blend jazz, exotica, blues and surf sounds with some bossa nova, creating a unique fusion

Tue, 01/15/2019 — New programs for families and University of Kansas students are in the lineup for winter and spring at the KU Natural History Museum, including International Museum Selfie Day on Wednesday, Jan. 16. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will have...

Mon, 01/14/2019 — A University of Kansas historian has received a prestigious $60,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete his book project on the history of defection from the Soviet Union and what it can tell us about the nature of...

Mon, 01/14/2019 — The call for proposals for the 10th round of Rocket Grants — a program that supports innovative, artist-driven projects outside of established art venues within the Kansas City area — opens today. Artists are encouraged to attend an...

Mon, 01/14/2019 — LAWRENCE – There’s a juicy psychological, even romantic, angle underlying his mathematical analysis of an important Johannes Brahms composition in the new book co-written and edited by Scott Murphy, University of Kansas professor of music theory. Murphy’s chapter in “Brahms and the Shaping of Time” (2018, University of Rochester Press) is titled “Durational Enharmonicism and the Opening of Brahms’ ‘Double Concerto.’” The book is part of the publisher’s Eastman Studies in Music series, named for the New York university’s renowned music school. In addition to his editing tasks, Murphy contributed the book’s introduction and one of its nine chapters. In his chapter

Wed, 01/09/2019 — LAWRENCE – There have been two biographies of jazz piano great Mary Lou Williams. There are two biographies of singer and actor Ethel Waters, as well as her two autobiographical memoirs, “His Eye is on the Sparrow” and “To Me It’s Wonderful.” Black Panther Party founder Eldridge Cleaver wrote two autobiographies – “Soul on Ice” and “Soul on Fire.” And there have been countless books on the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, including his own, “The Greatest.” So why did Randal Maurice Jelks, University of Kansas professor of African & African-American studies and American studies, feel it was necessary to write a book focusing on their spiritual and religious

Thu, 01/03/2019 — A University of Kansas graduate student has won a national award for her research on the history of Greek-American picture brides and their intricate role in the ways Greek immigrants in the early 20th century navigated their racial position...

Thu, 12/20/2018 — LAWRENCE – Before Christopher McKitterick could sell his latest novella to the venerable pulp magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact, the editors insisted he justify one of the story’s central conceits: Rather than send individuals on space missions in rocket ships, the protagonist’s civilization itself – an entire solar system – altered its course through space, exploring new corners of the galaxy. “All the science had to work, all the technology had to work, and the civilizations had to work,” McKitterick said of Analog’s editor, Trevor Quachri. “He was very rigorous that way.” “So when I got this feedback, I thought, ‘Well, OK, I can fix this. It shouldn't

Mon, 12/17/2018 — A University of Kansas student has been nominated for the Winston Churchill Scholarship, which provides for one year of study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Conner Falke, a senior from Parsons, is competing for the award....

Wed, 12/12/2018 — A recent discovery by a University of Kansas sociologist reveals that author George Orwell not only vocally advocated human rights but attempted, in the years between writing "Animal Farm" in 1945 and "1984" in 1949, to found an international...

Wed, 12/12/2018 — Students at the University of Kansas report significantly higher levels of interaction with their faculty than an average of other students at many of the nation’s top research universities. KU has released results from the 2018 National...

Fri, 12/07/2018 — The University Honors Program has announced 30 University of Kansas sophomores have been named University Scholars. The University Scholars Program was founded by Deanell Tacha, a vice chancellor for academic affairs who would go on to become a...

Tue, 12/04/2018 — African resistance strongly shaped Spanish Hispaniola of the 1500s— now the island home to Haiti and the Dominican Republic — but historians have often considered that resistance to be a byproduct of Spanish colonialism and its reliance on...


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