Arts & Humanities
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...

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

Wed, 08/15/2018 — In its 13th semester, Red Hot Research will feature four sessions for faculty research, including one in conjunction with the Free State Festival and two sessions for graduate student research. This series for KU researchers is built of five...

Mon, 08/13/2018 — In addition to being a sculptor and printmaker, Shawn Bitters is a rockhound from Utah, which goes some way toward explaining why he’s installing a grouping of colorful, artificial boulders along a hiking trail in Kansas City. Bitters,...

Thu, 08/09/2018 — LAWRENCE – The Hall Center for the Humanities has appointed Sarah Bishop as its associate director. She previously served as interim associate director from November 2017-June 2018. Prior to coming to the University of Kansas, Bishop was the chief communications officer for the Lawrence Arts Center, where she oversaw marketing, fundraising and database operations. She also served as the director of the 2015 and 2016 Free State Festivals. In these roles, Bishop helped to successfully obtain grant funding from agencies including the ArtPlace America Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the William Randolph Hearst

Wed, 08/01/2018 — LAWRENCE – Ismail Kadare is having a moment in America, and University of Kansas researcher Ani Kokobobo is partly responsible. Of course, Kadare has been world famous for decades. He rose to prominence as Albania’s foremost novelist during the 1970s, and during the Stalinist regime of dictator Enver Hoxha, Kadare slyly shifted in and out of the government’s good graces. Since the fall of communism in 1992, Kadare has been repeatedly nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature and won the first Man Booker International Prize in 2005 for his body of work. Kokobobo’s translation of his “Essays on World Literature” (Restless Books) is one of three Kadare books to


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