Coffee @ The Commons

Coffee @ The Commons is intended to provide a venue for conversation between interested members of the community and a visiting expert. In collaboration with departments across the University, The Commons identifies speakers who are on campus to speak about their research, and whose work applies broadly, with implications for many disciplines. Coffee @ The Commons is then an opportunity for more intimate dialogue with these visitors.

Coffee @ The Commons is open to KU faculty, staff, and students, as well as members of the larger Lawrence community. Those interested in attending should familiarize themselves with the work of the speaker beforehand, so that they are prepared to ask questions and prompt dialogue with the speaker and other attendees. Though you don’t need to reserve a seat to attend, we’d appreciate knowing if you intend to bring a large group, just so that we can prepare accordingly. (Please email with this information.) Think of it as a less boisterous Idea Café with coffee.

Past Events

Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue
1:00 pm Friday, September 8, 2017 The Commons
Lua Yuille, Law, Randall Fuller, English, Shawn Leigh Alexander, African & African-American Studies
Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue
10:00am Friday, February 24, 2017 The Commons
with Photographer Natalie Krick
Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue
10:00am Friday, February 17, 2017 The Commons
Sarah Schulman, Distinguished Professor of English, College of Staten Island, City University of New York
Coffee @ The Commons, The Future University
Thursday, February 9, 2017 The Commons
with Jessica Green
Coffee @ The Commons
10:00 am Friday, October 7, 2016 The Commons
with Tomas Van Houtryve, Photographer
Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue
10:00am Friday, September 16, 2016 The Commons
Charlesia McKinney, English + Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Chris Martin, Theatre, Jameelah Jones, African and African-American Studies
Coffee @ The Commons
10:00am Friday, February 26, 2016 The Commons
with Arno Minkkinen, Photographer
Coffee @ The Commons
10:00am Friday, October 30, 2015 The Commons
with Rania Matar, Photographer
Coffee @ The Commons
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 The Commons
with Anju Bhasin, Professor of Physics & Electronics
Coffee @ The Commons
3:00pm Wednesday, May 6, 2015 The Commons
with Bill Jacobson, Photographer