Coming Events

Coming Events

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
12:00-1:00pm CST Online
Presented by The Commons, the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity, the Center for Service Learning, the KU Civic Engagement Ambassadors, and the Office of International Support Services

This series features experts on different aspects of US democracy, and centers opportunities for civic engagement. Panelists will share from their own experiences about opportunities and challenges, giving attendees a chance to consider how their unique perspectives can inform civic participation and processes. The event is an opportunity to ask questions of local experts who study and work in this realm. Programs in this series feature campus resources as well as specialists beyond the University. In Part VI: Civic Participation for International Students & Scholars, presenters will speak on topics that bear relevance to faculty, staff, and students at KU as well as the broader community.

Jawad Ahmed Obaid (he/him/his), IT Project Manager, Center for Community Health and Development
Monica Mendez (she/her/hers), Research Assistant, Center for Community Health and Development / Community Mobilizer, Latino Health for All Coalition
Priya Vanchy (she/her/hers), Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Community Health and Development / Graduate Student, Applied Behavioral Science
Navya Singh (she/her/hers), Undergraduate Student, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology / Director of Volunteering and Service, Honors Community Advocates / Student Ambassador, Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity
Tamara Doubra Anoruse-Thomas (she/her/hers), Undergraduate Student, Microbiology / President, KU LEAD UP

Tiffany Learned (she/her/hers), ISS Programming Coordinator

Link to Zoom Registration.

Of interest to:

Faculty, General Public, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students

Community Engaged Research, Data & Democracy, Panel, Public Event
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
12:30-1:30pm CT Online
Favianna Rodriguez, in Conversation with Imani Wadud
Hosted by The Commons, the Environmental Studies Program, and the KU Departments of African and African-American Studies, English, Geography and Atmospheric Science, and Geology, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, the Global Grasslands CoLAB, the KU Sawyer Seminar, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Global Awareness Program, the Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, and the University Honors Program.

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and social justice activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and praxis address migration, gender justice, climate change, racial equity, and sexual freedom. Her practice boldly reshapes the myths, stories, and cultural practices of the present, while healing from the wounds of the past through visual art, public art, writing, cultural organizing and power building. She leads meaningful collaborations with social movements that lead to resilient and transformative cultural strategies. In addition to her expansive studio practice, she is the co-founder and president of The Center for Cultural Power, a national organization igniting change at the intersection of art, culture and social justice. Rodriguez’s contribution to All We Can Save is titled “Harnessing Cultural Power.”

Rodriguez will give a presentation, after which she will be in conversation with artist and KU PhD Candidate in American Studies Imani A. Wadud.

Climate change is often discussed in scientific terms, but the work of responding to the urgency of climate change requires many voices. The realms of social, creative, activist, spiritual, food production, and many others, play critical roles in the larger conversation. As well, we know that climate change disproportionately affects certain populations. We present this series to showcase the works of leaders included in All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson.

Link to Zoom Registration.

Of interest to:

Faculty, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students

Artist Talk, Faculty Event, Humans in a More Than Human World, Student Event, Visiting Scholar
Thursday, March 4, 2021
4:00-5:00pm CST The Commons

This is the seventh monthly meet-up for the Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative.

Link to more information about the Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative.

This Zoom gathering will feature:

  • a presentation by Casey Mesick Braun, PhD and Joey Orr, PhD on exhibitions and opportunities at the Spencer Museum of Art
  • breakout discussions around core themes

Breakout Discussion for:

  • LGBTQIA+ Populations & Health
  • Health Communication and Community Partnerships
  • Climate & Health
  • Humanities and Arts Health Curriculum

Link to Zoom Registration.

Of interest to:

Faculty, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students

Discussion, Faculty Event, Graduate Student Event, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, Undergraduate Student Event
Friday, March 5, 2021
4:00-5:00pm CST Online
Hosted in partnership with the Integrated Arts Research Initiative at the Spencer Museum of Art and the KU Blockchain Institute

Red Hot Research brings together researchers from all disciplines. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. This session features five student researchers speaking for six minutes each about their interest in Blockchain Research. Through this session, we hope to build a conversation across disciplines that explores blockchain technology and its potential, while building a network across interested researchers at KU.

In 2022-2023, the Spencer Museum of Art's Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) will devote its inquiry to the exploration of blockchain and its uses in contemporary art production.

Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, graduate students will have an opportunity for cross-disciplinary discourse that will in turn give new perspectives on their work and provide a forum for future work in their chosen research fields.

In conjunction with this event, the Spencer Museum of Art has curated a temporary exhibition of artwork in the Brosseau Center for Learning, in conversation with ideas of blockchain. The works originate from across the globe and range from 2334 BCE to 2012. This exhibition will be on view February 20-March 15. Link to schedule a museum visit.


Rhett Phillips, Mechanical Engineering / KU Blockchain Institute/SELF Fellow, Blockchain in Decentralized Energy
Syed Abumusab, Philosophy, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Financial industry, Fiat currencies
Fernando Machado-Stredel, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology / KU Biodiversity Institute, Biodiversity Informatics, Museums, Scientific Collections, Taxonomy
Edmond Cheung, Business Analytics / KU Blockchain Institute, Technology, Research, Student Organization, Introduction to Blockchain, Education, Student Involvement
Kati Ballentine, Business Marketing & French / KU Blockchain Institute, Use Cases with Blockchain, Supply Chain Uses, Voting, Marketing


Clint Hurshman, Philosophy of Science / IARI 2020-2021 Graduate Research Fellow

Link to register on Zoom.

Of interest to:

Faculty, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students

Red Hot Research, Student Event
Thursday, April 1, 2021
7:00pm CDT
Supported by the Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture Fund.

Writer, professor, scientist, and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer is well known for her 2015 book, "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants." She is an SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs that draw on the wisdom of indigenous and scientific knowledge to offer lessons for humanity. Kimmerer’s first book, "Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses," was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing.

Through her work, Kimmerer observes the natural world closely, exploring systems and communities across species, and sharing knowledge that reveals kinship across species.

Kimmerer holds a bachelor's degree in botany from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, a master's degree and doctorate in botany from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology. She lives in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.

The Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture is hosted by The Commons annually to invite leading thinkers, whose work applies across disciplines, to address the University of Kansas and regional communities. In recent years, the lecture series has featured architectural biologist Jessica Green, comedian Andy Borowitz, writer/activist Margaret Atwood, writer/historian Rebecca Solnit, poet/scholar/artist Eve Ewing, activist/writer Jose Antonio Vargas, and author/illustrator/screenwriter Jonny Sun.

Link to view event livestream.

Poster design by Alex McGettrick.

Of interest to:

All Ages, Faculty, General Public, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students

Humans in a More Than Human World, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture, Lecture, Public Event