Arts & Humanities
Fri, 04/04/2014 — LAWRENCE – More than 200 elementary, junior high and high school students from area schools will be on the University of Kansas campus in April to participate in Mathematics Awareness Month activities. Each year, the Department of Mathematics organizes competitions and workshops for the students. This year’s national theme is Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery. The math competition will take place Saturday, April 5, in 406 Snow Hall. Prizes will be awarded to the top students in each category. The competition has three levels: third through fifth grades, middle school and high school.   From magic squares and Möbius bands to magical card tricks and illusions,

Thu, 04/03/2014 — Each of the four juniors nominated by the University of Kansas for 2014 Harry S. Truman Scholarships has been selected as a finalist for the up-to $30,000 scholarships. Each will interview with the Foundation’s Regional Review Panel on Monday,...

Thu, 04/03/2014 — The Hall Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the KU Alumni Association and its Wichita Chapter, will be hosting its KU in Wichita annual public symposium at the Wichita Museum of Art on Thursday, April 10. Victor Bailey, Charles...

Wed, 04/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas art history professor is one of few scholars who have traveled to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea, specifically to study how art has helped shape the country’s narrative from triumphant revolutionaries to communist dynasty. Marsha Haufler, a professor of art history and associate dean for international and interdisciplinary studies for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, has traveled to North Korea fives times since 2007. She is working on a book that examines the mosaic murals created and planned in North Korea during the Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s eras. Although a specialist in Chinese art,

Wed, 04/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – Major League Baseball teams aren't the only ones throwing out the first pitch of spring this week. Thursday marks opening day for minor league baseball, and with it comes a season of zany promotions. From animal acts to the appearance of B-list celebrities, minor league baseball teams have found success in using vaudeville-like tactics to drive ticket sales, a University of Kansas writer and film director says. David Sutera, a doctoral student in film and media studies, traveled to minor league ballparks around the country for his book “Vaudeville on the Diamond: Minor League Baseball in Today’s Entertainment World.” From California’s Modesto Nuts to

Wed, 04/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – In an age where reduce, reuse, recycle is a popular mantra, Shakespeare would have fit right in. The legendary playwright’s approach to look for inspiration in the world around him and in dormant dramatic genres embodies the adage that "everything old is new again.” Two of the world’s top scholars of the Bard will visit the University of Kansas from England to discuss the reasoning and results behind this approach, in a panel titled “Shakespeare the Recycler.” The presenters will draw on their groundbreaking research about Shakespeare. Gordon McMullan is professor of English at King’s College London and a KU alumnus who earned a master’s in English in

Tue, 04/01/2014 — LAWRENCE – The First World War 100 years ago marked a turning point in the history of Europe. However, contrary to the idea that Europeans’ nationalist ideals fueled the conflict, such views didn’t become widespread until the aftermath of the deadly combat came into focus. The University of Kansas has invited historian Michael Neiberg to explain how ordinary Europeans, unlike their political and military leaders, neither wanted nor expected war during the fateful summer of 1914. Using letters, diaries and memoirs of citizens across Europe, Neiberg dispels the notion that ordinary Europeans were rabid nationalists intent on mass slaughter. Rather, civilians watched

Tue, 04/01/2014 — i.e., translating academic discoveries into commercially viable products that improve lives and grow the economy. The award is sponsored by the University of Kansas ...

Mon, 03/31/2014 — For the past seven years, Steve Warren has encouraged and inspired University of Kansas faculty to do more research. Starting this summer, KU’s longtime vice chancellor for research will follow his own advice. Warren, a professor in the...

Mon, 03/31/2014 — LAWRENCE – After Russia’s invasion of Crimea, the West is wondering what comes next in its relationship with the former Cold War enemy. A University of Kansas professor believes to better understand Russia’s motives, political commentators and scholars would benefit from looking at Russia’s recent actions through the lens of Russia’s unique “geopolitics code." Mariya Omelicheva, an associate professor of political science and an expert on Russian foreign policy, said Russia’s foreign policy is shaped by its contemporary experiences, history and philosophical and intellectual traditions. The conflicting identity of “Western state” versus “unique civilization” has

Mon, 03/31/2014 — Lavon Brosseau, of Concordia, has made a $150,000 gift to create three endowed $50,000 funds for the University of Kansas. Her gift established two funds at the Spencer Museum of Art: a Creativity Award for undergraduate students and a Student...

Mon, 03/31/2014 — The French Revolution has contributed to a lasting historical image of lower working-class groups in Europe and their involvement in riotous or revolutionary action. But a University of Kansas researcher who studies British history says a...

Fri, 03/28/2014 — University of Kansas students will present research at the Global Scholars Symposium this weekend on topics ranging from graffiti in Brazil to modern African literature. The symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29,...

Fri, 03/28/2014 — The third and fourth finalists for the position of vice provost for diversity and equity at the University of Kansas will each give a public presentation and take questions from KU faculty, staff and other members of the community next...

Fri, 03/28/2014 — On June 28, 1914, the heir to the Habsburg throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, Sophie, were murdered by a Serbian nationalist. This gruesome event triggered a war never before seen: a “total war” now known as World War I. Yet,...

Fri, 03/28/2014 — LAWRENCE – The Hall Center for the Humanities will host the 12th annual Celebration of Books published by humanities, social sciences and arts faculty in 2013. The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the Hall Center Conference Hall. It is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Contact the Hall Center by email to attend. The Friends of the Hall Center sponsor this event. The celebration will recognize the 32 faculty members who published 36 books in such varied topics as evolution in Victorian novels, policing in Jack the Ripper’s London, American black Israelite religions, Muslim women’s education and the way political

Thu, 03/27/2014 — Steve Ilardi, associate professor of psychology, has been awarded the 2014 H.O.P.E. Award by the University of Kansas Board of Class Officers. Established by the Class of 1959, the H.O.P.E. (Honor for an Outstanding Progressive Educator) Award...

Thu, 03/27/2014 — LAWRENCE – June 28, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, an event that ignited World War I and went on to shape the 20th century. From World War I-era art to letters written in the trenches, the University of Kansas has resources that shed light on the war and its lingering influence. KU experts can speak to the lesser-studied Eastern Front, surveillance during the war, art and culture from 1914 to 1918, and the contributions that KU and Kansas made to the war effort. To showcase these resources and faculty experts, the university will host programs, conferences and other educational opportunities as part of the four-

Thu, 03/27/2014 — The University of Kansas is co-sponsoring the Kansas chapter of the American Planning Association’s spring symposium, Sustainability: Doing It the Kansas Way. The event will be Friday, March 28, at the Eldridge Hotel. The morning...

Thu, 03/27/2014 — University of Kansas Libraries will host “The Legacies & Unfinished Business of BvB, 2.0” in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board, the landmark Supreme Court ruling on racial segregation. The symposium, taking place...


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