Arts & Humanities
Fri, 09/14/2018 — The Freeman Foundation has awarded the Spencer Museum of Art $437,261 to develop a K-12 outreach program focused on Asian art. Through this two-year grant, the Spencer Museum will partner with Salina Arts & Humanities to create educational...

Thu, 09/13/2018 — Paul Ortiz, associate professor of history at the University of Florida, will give a lecture based on his book "An African American and Latinx History of the United States" (Beacon Press) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Hall Center...

Tue, 09/11/2018 — LAWRENCE – Yes, University of Kansas Professor of Film & Media Studies Kevin Willmott is co-writer of one of the summer’s critical and box-office movie smashes, Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.” But he is hardly resting on his laurels, even if they include the Grand Prix Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Rather, Willmott’s new play about the life of then-teenage college student Martin Luther King Jr., “Becoming Martin,” premieres Sept. 18 at The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. In fact, King was just 15 when he was accepted into Morehouse College in Atlanta, and the play examines the historically black college’s decision to admit such a young

Tue, 09/11/2018 — For a number of years, every freshman at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has received a copy of W.E.B. Du Bois’ “The Souls of Black Folk.” This year they will receive a copy of a new edition with an introduction by Shawn Leigh...

Tue, 09/11/2018 — LAWRENCE – The Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas has announced its fellows in residence for the 2018-2019 academic year. Selected through a highly competitive process, the Hall Center Fellows are released from teaching and receive an office in the Hall Center and a small research stipend. Fellows often use this time to work on book manuscripts, large-scale works of art or dissertations. Darren Canady, associate professor of English, will work on “March Madness,” a new full-length play. Inspired by real-life events, the play will dramatize a fictionalized account of the controversy and furor ignited by a successful men’s basketball team’s

Mon, 09/10/2018 — The University of Kansas ranks 61st among public universities in the 2019 edition of the “Best Colleges” rankings, which U.S. News & World Report released Monday. Last year, KU had increased its standing in the rankings to 53rd among...

Mon, 09/10/2018 — If you love music, collect vinyl records or simply need to update your stereo system with quality equipment for a good price, then stop by Audio-Reader’s annual benefit sale, For Your Ears Only. The 15th annual event will take place from 6 to...

Fri, 09/07/2018 — LAWRENCE – With his passing Sept. 6 at age 82, Burt Reynolds will be remembered for the good humor and athleticism that made him one of America’s top box-office stars in the 1980s, according to a University of Kansas Professor of Film & Media Studies who interviewed the actor during that time period. John Tibbetts, who also maintained a career as a movie reporter and reviewer for Kansas City radio and television stations during the period, interviewed Reynolds in 1988 as part of a press junket for the film “Switching Channels,” in which he co-starred with Kathleen Turner. “It was a remake of ‘His Girl Friday,’ a 1940 screwball comedy with Rosalind Russell and

Thu, 08/30/2018 — Edwidge Danticat, MacArthur Fellow and author of the 2018-2019 KU Common Book, “Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work,” will present the keynote lecture for the University of Kansas’ Common Book program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept....

Wed, 08/29/2018 — The new exhibition “Art in the Grove” enlivens the historic green space at the heart of the University of Kansas’ Lawrence campus through two site-specific works commissioned by the Spencer Museum of Art. The first commissioned work is a...

Mon, 08/27/2018 — English philosopher Thomas Paine's name is attached to individual documents that spell out the idea of natural rights not dependent on the laws or customs of any particular culture of government. For those reasons, many historians associate him...

Mon, 08/27/2018 — The University of Kansas Libraries will open a new exhibition in the Haricombe Gallery this September. “Documented: Perspectives on Migration and Creation” showcases programs, initiatives, art and scholarship that explores the intersections...

Fri, 08/24/2018 — Fifty photographs of Kansas agriculture are now on view at the Spencer Museum of Art in the exhibition “Larry Schwarm: Kansas Farmers.” The images created by Greensburg native and University of Kansas alumnus Larry Schwarm explore the...

Wed, 08/22/2018 — LAWRENCE – True, Haiti has suffered earthquakes and hurricanes, colonialism and other insults. Now, as a sort of antidote, comes an exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art designed to illuminate the island nation’s beauty and its relations with its continental neighbor to the north. The exhibition “The Ties That Bind: Haiti, the United States and the Art of Ulrick Jean-Pierre in Comparative Perspective” is one of several Haitian-related events taking place this fall on the University of Kansas campus, including the Common Book and Common Work of Art for the 2018-19 school year. The show opens Sept. 8 and runs through Jan. 7. Cécile Accilien, associate professor

Wed, 08/22/2018 — The public performances of the University Theatre and University Dance Company will look and feel slightly different this season as result of the recent merger of the University of Kansas departments of Theatre and Dance.     The public can...

Tue, 08/21/2018 — The modern Pentecostal religious movement began in Topeka in 1901 — though historians have often given Kansas less credit than a subsequent movement in 1906 in Los Angeles as it spread across the world. Now a group of University of Kansas...

Mon, 08/20/2018 — The University of Kansas Libraries recently hosted the recipients of the third annual Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award. Brandy Thomas Wells, Crystal Sanders and Brent Campney were selected for their research efforts...

Fri, 08/17/2018 — The University of Kansas Commons and the Raven Bookstore have announced another series of collaborative programming. Initiated in spring 2018, the partnership gives Lawrence and the region an opportunity to come together and celebrate speakers...

Thu, 08/16/2018 — The Spencer Museum of Art has selected a portrait of Marie Laveau painted by Ulrick Jean-Pierre as the KU Common Work of Art to accompany the 2018-2019 KU Common Book, “Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work,” by Edwidge...

Wed, 08/15/2018 — LAWRENCE – Knowing that her Jewish ancestors were forced by the Nazis to flee Europe and that those who did not perished in the Holocaust, University of Kansas Professor of Visual Art Tanya Hartman has always made art that is sympathetic to the plight of immigrants and refugees. Now, with the controversies raised by President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies, Hartman’s work is more relevant than ever. Perhaps that’s why the film she’s working on was accepted into the Open Spaces Kansas City Arts Experience, which kicks off Aug. 25 and runs for nine weeks at various locations around town. (See below for show times and location.) “I was trained as a painter


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