Event Archive

Art Installation
Rena Detrixhe
11:00am-3:00pm Wednesday, October 17, 2018 The Commons
Supported by the Department of Visual Art, the School of the Arts, the Spencer Museum of Art, and The Commons

Rena Detrixhe received her BFA in Expanded Media and Art History from the University of Kansas in 2013. Her contemplative work combines repetitive process and collected or scavenged materials to produce large-scale objects and installations. Often utilizing natural materials, a continuing objective in her practice is to investigate the relationship between art and environment. Her recent work includes a labor-intensive installation and performance with collaborator, Eli Gold, at La Esquina Gallery in Kansas City and a site-specific sculptural drawing made from thousands of individually formed resin droplets created for the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including a scholarship to attend the prestigious art school at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea, the Brosseau Award from the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas, and a studio residency with Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. Detrixhe is one of twelve artists selected for the inaugural year of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship and is currently living and working in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Public Event
11:00am-12:00pm Friday, October 12, 2018 The Commons

The events surrounding the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford inspire more questions.  This discussion will provide context and develop frameworks for further unpacking.
Join us for a discussion.

Alesha Doan, Public Affairs & Administration/Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Ayesha Hardison, English/Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Ashley Muddiman, Communication Studies
Maryemma Graham, English/Project on the History of Black Writing

Framing the Dialogue, Public Event
7:00pm Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Liberty Hall
Supported by The Commons, the Raven Book Store, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, Haskell Indian Nations University, the Department of African and African-American Studies, the Department of American Studies, the Langston Hughes Center, the Office of Research, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the Office of the Provost

Tommy Pico Morgan ParkerMorgan Parker is the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House Books 2017) and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015). In 2019, a third collection of poems, Magical Negro, will be published by Tin House, and a young adult novel will be published by Delacorte Press. Her debut book of nonfiction will be released in 2020 by One World.

Parker received her Bachelors in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Columbia University and her MFA in Poetry from NYU. Her poetry and essays have been published and anthologized in numerous publications, including The Paris Review, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, Best American Poetry 2016, The New York Times, and The Nation. Parker is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the creator and host of Reparations, Live! at the Ace Hotel in New York. With Tommy Pico, she co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She is a Sagittarius, and she lives in Los Angeles.

Tommy Pico is the founder and editor in chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that publishes art and writing. He is the author of absentMINDR (2014), IRL (2016), Nature Poem (2017), and Junk (2018). From the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation. In his poetry, he creates unsettling juxtapositions, which can have a comic or a dramatic effect—or, most often, some combination of the two.

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Graduate Student Event, Red Hot Research
4:00pm Friday, October 5, 2018 The Commons

Red Hot ResearchRed Hot Graduate Research is intended to bring together graduate researchers from all disciplines. The format of these sessions is inspired by Red Hot Research, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. In this iteration, Red Hot Graduate Research will feature five graduate researchers speaking for six minutes each.

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.

Emma Hauser, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Roots & Rocks: A Nutritional Interface
Matthew E. Ferrandino, Music, Musical Interludes
Jyleesa Hampton, Public Affairs & Administration, Legal Consciousness & Video Violence
Davide Lionetti, Chemistry, Chemistry & Environmental Sustainability
Charlesia McKinney, English, Exploring Embodied Fat Archives
Emcee: Ramón Alvarado, Philosophy

Faculty Event, Red Hot Research
4:00-5:30pm Thursday, October 4, 2018 The Commons

The National Science Foundation is exploring fundamental discovery around a set of Big Ideas-bold, long-term research themes that will have major impact on our society. One of these Big Ideas is "The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier" and asks the questions:

  • How will the rapid changes in science and technology impact the human experience of work?
  • How can technological development be designed to complement humans rather than replace us?
  • How does the changing world of work impact the way we educate and train?


Donna Ginther, Economics
ChangHwan Kim, Sociology 
Omri Gillath, Psychology 
Yong Zhao, Education 
Jon Brumberg, Speech-Language-Hearing and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Contact Bob Rummer, bobrummer@ku.edu, with questions.  

For more information about the NSF Future of Work program area, visit the NSF website at: 


Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Panel
6:00pm Wednesday, October 3, 2018 The Commons
Hosted by the Office of First-Year Experience and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, in conjunction with The Commons

Join us for a panel and discussion among members of the KU community including faculty, staff, and students to discuss the KU Common Book 2018-19, Create Dangerously.

Speakers include:

Cécile Accilien, African and African-American Studies
Tyler Allen, African and African-American Studies & Museum Studies
Sheila Bonner, American Studies
Christopher Peace, American Studies
Margarita Alely Nuñez Arroyo, American Studies

Graduate Student Event
9:30-11:00am Tuesday, October 2, 2018 The Commons
Supported by The College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

Shut up & Write TuesdaysShut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers committed, condensed time to write, and built-in feedback from peers.

It began as a movement for writers in San Francisco to structure their time and connect with other writers. The idea was simple: write for an hour, then grab coffee afterward to converse and build community. Academics embraced the practice, and the idea spread. Dr. Sioban O’Dwyer founded a virtual Shut Up & Write Tuesdays to provide the benefits of the traditional meetups for those who could not attend in-person. The event has a basic structure: Two 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna. Learn more about the SUWT team; read about tips for improving writing time; and find non-academic reads to inform practice at https://suwtuesdays.wordpress.com/

Dialogue, Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Panel, Public Event
7:00-8:00pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018 The Commons

Lua Yuille, KU School of Law
Luke Murray, St. Lawrence Catholic Center
Ebenezer Obadare, KU Dept. of Sociology
Moderator: David Tamez, Lawrence Talks!




  • What motivates people to move from one place to another?
  • How does migration affect a place left behind?
  • How do we understand citizenship?

To establish common ground, this discussion will begin by examining the facts about migration, before venturing into questions that draw on ideologies. The speakers will present from their perspectives, and a moderated discussion will follow.

Lawrence Talks! models critical debate through dialogue between member of the academy and the public.
The Commons engages perspectives on broad topics, drawing on diverse specialization and experience.
In collaboration, they bring people together to examine topics of national and local interest.

Framing the Dialogue, Lecture
7:30pm Tuesday, September 25, 2018 The Commons

Frontline: Latinos and Immigration from a Woman's Perspective

Presented by the Hall Center for the Humanities

Emmy award-winning news anchor and journalist, Maria Hinojosa is a four-time Emmy award-winning news anchor and journalist and the executive producer of NPR’s "Latino USA" and PBS’s "America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa." She is a frequent guest on MSNBC and "CBS Sunday Morning," the author of two books and the recipient of many awards, including the John Chancellor Award, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award.

Public Event, Red Hot Research
4:00pm Friday, September 21, 2018 Lawrence Arts Center Black Box Theatre
Presented in conjunction with Lawrence Free State Festival

Red Hot ResearchRed Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

Katie Batza, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Health, AIDS, Politics
Jean Hall, Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies/Applied Behavioral Science, Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Expansion
David Farber, History, Democratic Practice, Social Change
Joshua Miner,Film & Media Studies, Indigenous Activism, Game-based Media, Digital Aesthetics
Emcee: Emily Ryan, The Commons