Event Archive

Activity, Care & Well-being
12:00-1:00pm Wednesday, October 16, 2019 The Commons
Presented by The Commons and the IPSR Center for Compassionate & Sustainable Communities, in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Development and Mentoring, Office of the Provost, the School of Social Welfare, Watkins Health Services, the College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the School of Public Affairs and Administration, the KU Public Management Center, the Office of Sexuality and Gender Diversity, the Spencer Museum of Art, and KU Counseling and Psychological Services.

Each Wednesday at noon at The Commons, the series will feature a different topic related to well-being and care and include a component of guided practice. The series aims to devote time to considering the ways we practice care as individuals, in communities, and as a campus, full of resources to broaden understanding. It will highlight a variety of aspects of well-being, with special attention to the expectations of higher education.

On October 16, the event will feature writing and performance workshop exploring self-love and self-realization, led by visiting artist River Coello.

Light snacks provided.

Activity, Care & Well-being
12:00-1:00pm Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Spencer Museum of Art
Presented by The Commons and the IPSR Center for Compassionate & Sustainable Communities, in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Development and Mentoring, Office of the Provost, the School of Social Welfare, Watkins Health Services, the College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the School of Public Affairs and Administration, the KU Public Management Center, the Office of Sexuality and Gender Diversity, the Spencer Museum of Art, and KU Counseling and Psychological Services.

Each Wednesday at noon at The Commons, the series will feature a different topic related to well-being and care and include a component of guided practice. The series aims to devote time to considering the ways we practice care as individuals, in communities, and as a campus, full of resources to broaden understanding. It will highlight a variety of aspects of well-being, with special attention to the expectations of higher education.

On October 9, explore visual embodiments of mindfulness in the collection of the Spencer Museum of Art.

Light snacks provided.

Care & Well-being, Discussion
12:00-1:00pm Wednesday, October 2, 2019 The Commons
Presented by The Commons and the IPSR Center for Compassionate & Sustainable Communities, in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Development and Mentoring, Office of the Provost, the School of Social Welfare, Watkins Health Services, the College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the School of Public Affairs and Administration, the KU Public Management Center, the Office of Sexuality and Gender Diversity, the Spencer Museum of Art, and KU Counseling and Psychological Services.

Each Wednesday at noon at The Commons, the series will feature a different topic related to well-being and care and include a component of guided practice. The series aims to devote time to considering the ways we practice care as individuals, in communities, and as a campus, full of resources to broaden understanding. It will highlight a variety of aspects of well-being, with special attention to the expectations of higher education.

On October 2, the event will feature an introduction to emotional intelligence and how it can link to well-being to support care for oneself and others, led by the KU Public Management Center.

Light snacks provided.

Humans in a Changing Climate, Lecture
7:00pm Wednesday, October 2, 2019 The Commons
Sponsored by the KU Department of English

Sherwin Bitsui (Diné) is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. He is Diné of the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan),
born for the Tl’izilani (Many Goats Clan). He is the author of Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press, 2003), Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press,
2009), and Dissolve (Copper Canyon Press, 2018).

His honors include a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Arts Fellowship. He is also the recipient
of a 2010 PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award, and a Whiting Writers Award. In addition to teaching at the Institute of American
Indian Arts, he joins the faculty at Northern Arizona University in the fall of 2019.

Drawing upon Navajo history and enduring tradition, Sherwin Bitsui leads us on a treacherous, otherworldly passage through the American Southwest. Fluidly shape-shifting and captured by language that functions like a moving camera, Dissolve is urban and rural, past and present in the haze of the reservation. Bitsui proves himself to be one of this century’s most haunting, raw, and uncompromising voices.

Graduate Student Event
9:30-11:00am Tuesday, September 3, 2019, Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Tuesday, October 1, 2019, Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Tuesday, December 3, 2019 The Commons
Supported by the College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

Born out of an international movement, Shut Up & Write continues at KU as an opportunity for devoted writing time and community building. These sessions are offered for graduate students, and feature three 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Consultation for job documents is available at these sessions, as is an abundance of coffee.

Lecture, Public Event
7:30pm Tuesday, October 1, 2019 The Commons
Sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities

KU Professor Sarah Deer holds a joint appointment with the School of Public Affairs and Administration and the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and a long-time activist for the rights of indigenous women, Deer was named a MacArthur Genius Fellow in 2014 and is a 2019 inductee to the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims' rights. Professor Deer is the co-author of four textbooks on tribal law, and the author of "The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America" (2015).

Public Event
Andrew Avery, Ph.D. Candidate in History
6:00-8:00pm Friday, September 27, 2019 Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop
Humanities in the Wild is presented by the Public Humanities Roundtable, the Hall Center for the Humanities, eXplore Lawrence, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop, the KU Indigenous Studies Program, the Departments of Communication Studies, History, and African and African-American Studies, the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, and The Commons.

What does your workout gear say about you?

Ph.D. candidate Andrew Avery traces threads through time to explore the history of outerwear and fashion. With the help of striking stories, images, video clips, models, and more, Avery helps us discover how clothiers throughout the ages have used narratives of adventure to sell clothing to the adventurous and unadventurous alike.

Join us for conversation, community, and a heightened understanding of recreational attire.

Humanities in the Wild is a new series of events, coinciding with Final Fridays, designed to showcase the connections between humanities research and the great outdoors. From the politics of climate change to the history of conservation, from the culture of recreation to narratives of adventure, Humanities in the Wild presents ways in which the humanities provide unique insights into our relationship with nature.

Refreshments provided by Free State Brewing Company.
If you need special assistance, please contact staff at the Hall Center at 785-864-4798.

Care & Well-being, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:00pm Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Liberty Hall

Jonny Sun is the best-selling author and illustrator of “everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too” and the illustrator of “Gmorning, Gnight!” by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He is a writer for the sixth season of “BoJack Horseman,” and is writing a movie for 20th Century Fox. Tweeting as @jonnysun, he was named one of TIME Magazine's 25 Most Influential People on the Internet of 2017. As a doctoral candidate at MIT, he studies social media, virtual place, and online community. His latest art installation, The Laughing Room, was exhibited at MIT in 2018 and TED in 2019. Recently, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2019, and is a 2019 TED Talks speaker.

Jonny Sun's presentation will feature a talk and an on-stage interview with KU Associate Professor of Journalism, Yvonnes Chen, followed by a book-signing.

Tickets are free and available here: https://www.universe.com/events/kenneth-a-spencer-lecture-jonny-sun-tickets-lawrence-4WYC0J

Care & Well-being
12:00-1:00pm Wednesday, September 25, 2019 The Commons
Presented by The Commons and the Center for Compassionate and Sustainable Communities, in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Development and Mentoring, Office of the Provost, the School of Social Welfare, Watkins Health Services, the College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the School of Public Affairs and Administration, the KU Public Management Center, and KU Counseling and Psychological Services.

Each Wednesday at noon at The Commons, the series will feature a different topic related to well-being and care and include a component of guided practice. The series aims to devote time to considering the ways we practice care as individuals, in communities, and as a campus, full of resources to broaden understanding. It will highlight a variety of aspects of well-being, with special attention to the expectations of higher education.

On September 25, the event will feature an exploration of ways in which the Internet can be used to spread empathy, build communities, and increase care in the face of disaster, presented by Yiwen Wu, graduate student in the School of Public Affairs and Administration.

Light snacks provided.

Activity, Art Installation, Public Event
1:00-4:00pm Sunday, September 22, 2019 Spencer Museum of Art, Marvin Grove
Funding generously provided by Student Senate | University of Kansas, the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission, and Friends of the Art Museum

Get your grove on! Kick back with your friends and neighbors in the Spencer Museum's backyard, Marvin Grove, for an artful celebration of the autumnal equinox, the end of summer and start of fall. Explore nature, culture, and the character of our communities through performances, games, and hands-on activities by more than 20 partners and artists. This event is free and for everyone! Dogs are welcome, too, but must be on-leash.

Performances by African Drum Ensemble at KU (ADEKU), Bad Alaskan, BLACK Lawrence, KU Jazz Combo, and The Last Carnival. Artist installations by Nazanin Amiri and Juniper Tangpuz. Activities by City PlayCorps, The Commons, Friends of Lawrence Area Trails, Mary Kirkendoll of Eudora Yoga Center, KU Field Ecology students, KU Museum Education students, KU Natural History Museum, KU Print Club, KU Visual Art Education students, Lawrence Public Library, Monarch Watch, Natural Grocers, Anoosha Redd and Geeta Tiwari, Kenneth KU Libraries Spencer Research Library, Student Union Activities, and Watkins Museum of History.

Pack a picnic or purchase tacos from La Parilla food truck and snowcones from Air Summer Snow.

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