Wed, 06/11/2014 — This June, the Lawrence Arts Center will host headlining musicians, outdoor films, and indoor and outdoor art installations as part of its annual Free State Festival. The event represents a significant partnership between the Lawrence Arts...
Wed, 06/11/2014 — Lawrence – On June 28, the event that unleashed World War I and forever shaped history will unfold through 140-character tweets in an elaborate e-reenactment featuring more than 25 historical figures and multiple languages.
Students, staff and faculty at the University of Kansas, as well as local community members, have taken on the Twitter personas of significant and minor participants in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which occurred 100 years ago in Sarajevo, on June 28, 1914. These characters will tweet as though the events were occurring in real time.
Twitter users can follow along through the hashtag #KU_WWI, which will provide dozens of
Thu, 06/05/2014 — LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognized two University of Kansas master’s graduates with its award for Outstanding Thesis. The awards were presented at the College’s graduate recognition ceremony during Commencement weekend.
Lizzy Adams, who finished her master’s in classics in spring 2013, was recognized for her thesis, “Esse videtur: Occurrences of Heroic Clausulae in Cicero’s Orations.”
Adams’ thesis makes a significant contribution in a century-long debate concerning the heroic clausula, a sequence of long and short syllables that end a line of Greek or Latin epic poetry. Her research discovers a new and fresh way to hear the echoes of
Wed, 06/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – Humans are really bad at detecting flirting, according to research at the University of Kansas. And their wingmen aren’t any better.
Jeffrey Hall, an associate professor of communication studies and author of the 2013 book “The Five Flirting Styles,” conducted a study to see how often pairs of strangers correctly identified when the other was flirting.
“If you think someone is not interested in you, you are probably right, they are not interested,” Hall said. “But if someone is, you probably missed it.”
The study is detailed in the article “Accurately Detecting Flirting: Error Management Theory, the Traditional Sex Script, and Flirting Base Rate,” which
Tue, 06/03/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Department of Theatre awarded scholarships totaling $144,000 to 52 students at its end-of-the-year banquet.
“The long history of alumni and friends who have come through our doors has created a rich and unique legacy for the Department of Theatre,” said Mechele Leon, associate professor and department chair. “The annual Stage Supper is the event where those dozens of donors are honored, and our students receive the gift of our long and rich history."
The department has more than three dozen named scholarships and awards given out each year. Students apply for the various scholarships and some of the awards available. The
Mon, 06/02/2014 — Nineteen University of Kansas students have received Undergraduate Research Awards. The recipients receive $1,000 to fund their faculty-mentored research and creative projects, which represent departments from across campus and explore a wide...
Mon, 06/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – In two separate books, John Tibbetts, associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas, examines the careers of two visionary filmmakers who preside over the birth of a new era of cinema in their countries.
In “Peter Weir Interviews,” Tibbetts studies the Australian who helped usher in a new generation of filmmakers and put the country's cinema on the map with such films as “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and “Gallipoli.” Later, Weir’s success in Hollywood – including Academy Award nominations for “Witness,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Green Card,” “The Truman Show” and “Master and Commander” – heralded the arrival of other Australian
Fri, 05/30/2014 — LAWRENCE – In China, where a skyrocketing divorce rate is the focus of national attention and everyday conversation, popular culture offers cautionary tales of middle-aged women undergoing self-improvement campaigns to save their marriage.
But research by Hui Faye Xiao, an assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Kansas, shows that women trying desperately to keep their marriage intact isn’t the reality in China, where more than half of all divorces are initiated by females.
“The mainstream stereotype is that women have to make self-improvements to achieve a better quality of life for everyone in their family, and as this
Thu, 05/29/2014 — LAWRENCE – Tom Parkinson’s workday starts at 4 a.m., and KPR listeners can join him from 5 to 9 a.m. when they tune in to "Morning Edition" with Parkinson as KPR’s new host.
Parkinson takes over the air chair as local host in for NPR’s morning newsmagazine from J. Schafer, who will spend more time reporting his own stories and editing and assigning other stories for KPR reporters.
Parkinson brings 20 years of public radio newsroom experience to KPR.
“I love the energy of early mornings and the privilege of greeting listeners at sunrise and informing them about what happened while they were sleeping,” he said. “Whether my listeners tune in for 20 minutes during the
Thu, 05/29/2014 — June 6 will mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that became a major turning point in World War II as more than a million American, British and Canadian soldiers began the brutal trek across Europe to defeat Adolf Hitler. General...
Thu, 05/29/2014 — Architects from internationally renowned design firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners will unveil their design Thursday evening for the first phase of major renovation and expansion of the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. The firm,
Wed, 05/28/2014 — Iconic poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday morning at the age of 86, served as a writer-in-residence in 1970 at the University of Kansas for the Department of English.
She spent one week on campus just after...
Tue, 05/27/2014 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas will launch the inaugural season of the Kansas Classical Repertory Theatre this summer. With the theme of translation and adaptation as its founding mission, the KCRT will present the classical drama “The Comedy of Errors” and its musical adaptation, “The Boys from Syracuse,” in rotating repertory.
“I look forward to the community attending both performances and marveling at how the same story can be reinterpreted in such interesting ways,” said Peter Zazzali, assistant professor and director. “‘The Boys from Syracuse,’ for example, will be presented in the Victorian 'steampunk' era, whereas ‘Comedy of Errors’ will pay homage to
Fri, 05/23/2014 — As the violent militant Islamic group Boko Haram recently kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, it sparked intentional outrage, particularly over the girls being sold into slavery.
The group's name translates into "Western education is...
Fri, 05/23/2014 — The University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) recognized top Russian, East European & Eurasian region (REES) area studies students for academic excellence at a ceremony May 17. CREES awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships and awards to 16 students for Summer 2014 and Academic Year 2014-15 language and cultural studies pertaining to the REES region. These awards included:
Thu, 05/22/2014 — The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored outstanding faculty in research, teaching and mentoring with its 2013-2014 awards. The College honors faculty members with awards each spring for diverse academic research, innovative projects and...
Thu, 05/22/2014 — At its April 16 meeting, the Board of Regents approved a new master’s degree program in contemporary East Asian studies, housed in the University of Kansas Center for East Asian Studies, which will begin in the 2014-2015 academic year.
Wed, 05/21/2014 —
LAWRENCE – As Christians are persecuted around the world, a University of Kansas assistant professor of film and media studies sees new importance in her unique representation of a centuries-old holy figure, the Virgin Mary.
Cathy Joritz’s artwork is based on an image of the Virgin Mary painted on an altar screen in an 18th century Spanish Colonial Mission church in New Mexico. Joritz digitally reimagined and recreated the Virgin Mary in various roles and scenarios: as a comforter to cancer survivors, female rebel, ethereal spirit and witness to dying animals.
“Being aware of the persecution of Christians and the demonizing of Christianity, I think it is more
Tue, 05/20/2014 — A University of Kansas researcher has traced an unlikely source at the root of helping open up the vast Pacific Ocean to exploitation in the modern age: guano.
That’s right. There’s much more than it would seem to bird excrement, as its...