Arts & Humanities
Thu, 02/27/2020 — UPDATE: Spencer Museum of Art galleries are closed March 14-31, 2020, and all public programs are canceled through March 31, 2020. LAWRENCE – Roger Shimomura’s paintings are held by the Smithsonian Institution, along with many other museums and collections. But what about the performance art he created and that he considered so important during his 35-year teaching career at the University of Kansas Department of Visual Art? Those performances come back to life, arranged chronologically and placed in the context of related paintings, in the exhibition “Staging Shimomura,” opening Saturday, Feb. 29, and on display through June 21 at the Spencer Museum of Art.

Thu, 02/27/2020 — LAWRENCE – Brian Daldorph doesn’t necessarily believe one has to suffer to make great art, but he admits to a particular feeling for those who have and who do. His small press brought Vietnam infantryman-turned-poet John Musgrave to the attention of PBS documentarian Ken Burns, turning him into the voice of a generation. Now the University of Kansas Department of English lecturer has edited and published “Taking On Life” by Antonio Sanchez-Day (Coal City Press, 2019), the first book of poetry by a single author from the jailhouse writing group Daldorph has led for nearly two decades. Coal City Press published the collection “Douglas County Blues” by writing group

Wed, 02/26/2020 — An exhibition opening Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Spencer Museum of Art highlights a lesser-known aspect of Lawrence-based artist Roger Shimomura’s career: performance. Between 1984 and 2002, Shimomura wrote and directed 13 pieces that were...

Tue, 02/25/2020 — Patrica Sabarwal, KU lecturer in Hindi, was elected to serve on the Board of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) Executive Committee as an at-large board member.  The National Council of Less Commonly Taught...

Mon, 02/24/2020 — The 39th class of University Scholars and their faculty mentors were recently recognized at a banquet at the University of Kansas. Perry Alexander, keynote speaker and AT&T Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer...

Fri, 02/21/2020 —   LAWRENCE – Eric Rath won’t forget the time he tried an oversized candy sucker when he was a child. “I remember popping it in in my mouth and feeling it totally overwhelm me with its sour flavor. But there was a hint of sweetness,” said Rath, a professor of history at the University of Kansas. “Take that hint of sweetness away, and you have funazushi.” That’s how he describes the taste of this legendary delicacy with origins dating to the 8th century. His quest to eat it is documented in “Some Tasting Notes on Year-Old Sushi: Funazushi, Japan’s Most Ancient and Potentially Its Most Up-to-Date Sushi.” The article appears in the current issue of Gastronomica: The

Fri, 02/21/2020 — For 24 hours on Feb. 20, the gifts poured in to support the University of Kansas — 3,239 gifts totaling $1,771,135, records for both the number of gifts and total amount raised in one day. The gifts came in during the third annual One Day....

Thu, 02/20/2020 — LAWRENCE – “As You Like It” is one of Shakespeare’s pastoral comedies, set in the mythical forest of Arden. But when Mechele Leon, University of Kansas professor of theatre, conceived this year’s production, she was inspired by a much darker story: the Bielski brothers’ band of Jewish partisans, who hid out for years in the woods of Eastern Europe to escape and resist the Holocaust. For the past couple of years, Leon, who traces her family history to the Spanish Inquisition, has been exploring her Jewish roots in places like Berlin and Malaga, Spain. And that, she said, brought up associations among the Bard, fascist Europe of the 1930s and today. “I've set it in

Wed, 02/19/2020 — Thirteen University of Kansas graduate students are putting their potentially world-changing research efforts on public display. Legislators and the public are invited to learn about the influence of research underway at KU during the 17th...

Tue, 02/18/2020 — This spring, 50 KU students will receive an Undergraduate Research Award (UGRAs). UGRA recipients are awarded a $1,000 scholarship as they work on mentored research and creative projects. Students apply for UGRAs by writing a four-page research...

Mon, 02/17/2020 — a new book he edited and co-wrote, “The Routledge Handbook on Historic Urban Landscapes in the Asia-Pacific” (Routledge, 2020). When Silva accepted editorship of the ...

Mon, 02/17/2020 — “A lot of my recent work is about facades and screens and things we put up to protect ourselves, or to project an image of ourselves,” said Sarah Gross, University of Kansas assistant professor of visual art. Gross traces this fascination...

Thu, 02/13/2020 — The Spencer Museum of Art’s new exhibition “Past Presence” features work by artists who have used historic moments and personal memories as the focus of their art. Together these works visualize how personal and collective memory influence...

Wed, 02/12/2020 — LAWRENCE – After decades of playing the violin and years as a math professor at the University of Kansas, Purnaprajna Bangere has achieved an artistic breakthrough that synthesizes his musical and mathematical skills, creating an entirely new approach to music he calls “metaraga.” “Metaraga” (Origin Records) is also the title Bangere gave to the debut recording by his Purna Loka Ensemble, which is generating critical praise, radio airplay and even sales and chart action. The word conjoins the Latin prefix “meta,” meaning “beyond” or “transcendent,” to the Sanskrit word “raga.” Raga literally means “colored,” but it connotes an emotional feeling and is used to

Wed, 02/12/2020 — Back by popular demand, Kansas Public Radio will host its second annual KPR Mug Design Contest. KPR is looking for unique designs to place on the 2020 KPR membership coffee mug. Members will receive a mug at the Ice Cream Social on June 18 at...

Tue, 02/11/2020 — A grant initiative that funds faculty and student research collaborations in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has helped attract more than $2 million in new external funding to the University of Kansas. In its first year, the Research...

Tue, 02/11/2020 — Four outstanding juniors will be the University of Kansas’ nominees for Harry S. Truman Scholarships.  The students are competing for the prestigious national awards, which provide up to $30,000 for graduate study. The awards are given to...

Mon, 02/10/2020 — The spirit behind One Day. One KU., the annual 24-hour giving campaign, is that one day can make a big difference to the University of Kansas. Thanks to the generosity and passion of thousands of supporters around the globe, One Day. One KU....

Fri, 02/07/2020 — Nearly 6,300 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2019 semester.   The students, from KU’s Lawrence and Edwards campuses and the schools of Health Professions and Nursing in...

Thu, 02/06/2020 — "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare kicks off the University Theatre’s spring season. This pastoral comedy, rendered in new light, plays weekends Feb. 21 through March 1 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre at Murphy Hall. Director Mechele...


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