Thu, 10/23/2014 — LAWRENCE – The Hall Center for the Humanities provides many internship, research and travel opportunities for graduate students within the humanities, arts and humanistic social sciences. During the summer of 2014, six graduate students wrote, traveled and researched extensively to further their own studies within the humanities and to bring their work to the surrounding community.
Four students received Humanities Summer Graduate Internships, which pair promising graduate students interested in the public humanities with local nonprofit organizations. Students are able to gain valuable hands-on work experience while providing their local communities with much-
Mon, 10/20/2014 — The Commons will bring renowned writer and activist Margaret Atwood to the University of Kansas to deliver the Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture.
The event will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 2, 2015, in the Ballroom in the Kansas Union. A...
Fri, 10/17/2014 — A University of Kansas professor is part of a research team in eastern Crete that has identified the most complete existing record of a prehistoric Greek pottery workshop.
John Younger, professor of classics, has worked since 2011 on an...
Fri, 10/17/2014 — LAWRENCE – Images of rotting, flesh-eating zombies familiar to fans of "The Walking Dead" are far removed from the Haitian folklore that inspired the term. But the different Hollywood and Haitian versions of zombies are an example of how different cultures interpret ideas of death, dying and the afterlife.
Through cultural concepts such as the Haitian zombie and Mexico's Day of the Dead, Peter Haney, assistant director for the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas, explores with students the circulation of ideas about death and death-in-life in the Americas in a course titled “Life, Death and the Living Dead."
Wed, 10/15/2014 — A National Science Foundation proposal driven by the University of Kansas has resulted in the creation of a new Kansas City-based Census research data center that will provide researchers access to the nation’s highest-quality data for...
Tue, 10/14/2014 — LAWRENCE – From Rico of “Little Caesar" to Nucky Thompson of “Boardwalk Empire," a University of Kansas scholar has studied Americans’ fascination with gangsters in film and television.
The gangster genre allows audiences to experience an inversion of the American Dream, said Ron Wilson, a lecturer in the Department of Film & Media Studies.
“It’s an American success story, but it’s not part of the Puritan ethic of perseverance and working hard. The gangster circumvents that by illegitimate means,” Wilson said. “But the whole crime doesn’t pay metanarrative still applies. You don’t expect the gangster to become completely successful. We expect some kind of
Fri, 10/10/2014 — Celebrating the vibrant film cultures of Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil and Spain, ¡Vamos! Spanish Language Film Festival will bring contemporary international films to Lawrence. Free and open to the public, the festival opens Wednesday, Oct.
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LAWRENCE – Each fall, communities throughout Kansas and the Midwest mark their German heritage and affection for beer with Oktoberfest celebrations. For decades, a University of Kansas professor has studied the lasting legacy of the region’s large influx of German immigrants and the many dialects of language they brought with them.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, after Spanish, German is the second most common non-English language spoken in homes in Kansas and most other Midwest states. In a cluster of counties in Kansas, German is even more common than Spanish.
William Keel, a professor of Germanic literature and languages, has tracked the immigrant
Thu, 10/09/2014 — LAWRENCE – A popular comedian’s podcast that has fellow comics talking openly about mental illness has redefined the relationship between celebrity and fan.
Vincent Meserko, a University of Kansas doctoral student in communication studies, closely studied comedian Paul Gilmartin’s podcast “Mental Illness Happy Hour” and found that the broadcasting technology of podcasts allows the audience to connect to the performer on a more intimate level and makes the audience feel as though the performer was one of them.
Meserko’s findings are detailed in the article “Going Mental: Podcasting, Authenticity, and the Artist-Fan Identification on Paul Gilmartin’s Mental Illness
Wed, 10/08/2014 — The Columbine High School massacre that involved two students opening fire and throwing pipe bombs in the Colorado school in 1999 touched off heightened attention on school security and safety. But several other school shootings have occurred in...
Mon, 10/06/2014 — LAWRENCE – As research in the digital humanities continues to flourish, new technologies will increasingly provide interpretations of historical data never before possible. Environmental history represents a unique interdisciplinary field ripe to benefit from the intersection of computing and the humanities. Sara Gregg, associate professor of history at the University of Kansas, and Library GIS Specialist Rhonda Houser, KU, will use a Collaborative Research Seed Grant, awarded by the Hall Center for the Humanities, to investigate in an innovative way the environmental effect of the Homestead Acts on the West.
Scholars have provided a narrative history of
Fri, 10/03/2014 — A sophisticated and farcical comedy, “Tovarich” relates the tale of a Russian grand duchess and her prince in Paris on the run from the Bolsheviks, who have overthrown the Russian monarchy. The play will open Oct. 17 at University Theatre.
Fri, 10/03/2014 — LAWRENCE – At the prospect of meeting a "real" shaman in Seoul for the first time, Kyoim Yun was almost overcome by anxiety. Her idea that shamans possess mysterious power and were not quite at home in the modern world both fascinated and intimidated her. What she saw was a series of hardball negotiations between the shaman and client as well as between deities and humans.
The intense bargaining caught Yun, an assistant professor of East Asian languages and culture at the University of Kansas, by surprise. It also sent her down a new research path.
For more than a decade, Yun has been traveling to Cheju (Jeju) Island, a popular tourist destination off Korea’s
Thu, 10/02/2014 — Known for offering the most foreign languages in the region, the University of Kansas has established a new school to build upon its depth of expertise. The School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at KU was approved at the September...
Thu, 10/02/2014 — Most Americans know Mark Twain as the man who wrote "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Many have also criticized Twain’s racial attitudes in those two novels.
A University of Kansas researcher is...
Wed, 10/01/2014 — John Symons, chair and professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kansas, will present "What Can We Teach Our Posthuman Descendants?" as part of the Hall Center for the Humanities' 2014-2015 Humanities Lecture Series.
Wed, 10/01/2014 — For many, the Hollywood Canteen nightclub represents the American home front during World War II at its feel-good best. Many a homefront documentary or exhibit includes photos and film clips of celebrity volunteers, such as Marlene Dietrich,...
Mon, 09/29/2014 — The University of Kansas will be host to another homecoming this week when the Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) brings its 20th annual conference to the Lawrence campus on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4.
Founded at KU in 1995,...
Mon, 09/29/2014 — The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) has announced that Shannon Criss, associate professor of architecture, will be one of 15 participants in next year’s Healthy Communities Leadership Academy.
The yearlong academy will help participants deepen their knowledge, understanding, and practice in civic leadership, policy and system change, community collaboration, and resource leveraging
HCF developed the Leadership Academy to build field capacity and develop local expertise to effect changes in policy and community environments. These result in making the healthy choice the easy choice for the uninsured and underserved.
"Our organization has a long
Mon, 09/29/2014 — LAWRENCE – From poetry readings to symphony performances, the University of Kansas will host a series of events throughout the fall to commemorate World War I and pay tribute to today’s veterans and military.
The events are connected to KU’s Centennial Commemoration of World War I, which is being coordinated by the European Studies Program and includes collaboration with departments and organizations throughout KU and the community to mark the 100th anniversary of the war.
“The commemoration explores how World War I informs our understanding of contemporary conflicts and how conflicts today shape our understanding of World War I,” said Lorie Vanchena, academic