Event Archive

Coffee @ The Commons, Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Public Event
10:00-11:00am CDT Friday, March 27, 2020 Online
Supported by the KU Photography Program, the Departments of Design and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, and The Commons.

In partnership with the Hallmark Lecture series, Lissa Rivera will host a Coffee @ The Commons conversation on The Evolution of Identity: Adaptation and Image in the Age of Photography.

Lissa Rivera is a photographer and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Rivera received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she became fascinated with the social history of photography and the evolution of identity, sexuality and gender in relationship to material culture. ‘Beautiful Boy,’ Rivera’s latest project, takes her interest in photography’s connection with identity to a personal level, focusing on her domestic partner as muse.  

As a curator, Rivera strives to include traditionally underrepresented voices regardless of formal education or exhibition history.

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 around a more specific topic within their body of work.

Ways to Participate:

Zoom:
Join Zoom Meeting
https://kansas.zoom.us/j/941700223
Meeting ID: 941 700 223

Dial in by Phone:
+1 (301) 715-8592 US
Meeting ID: 941 700 223

This event follows a Lecture, given at 6:00pm (CDT) on March 26 by Lissa Rivera. The lecture will be streamed via Zoom at: https://kansas.zoom.us/j/314270356
For more information on this event, see the Department of Design site: https://design.ku.edu/hallmark
.

 

Care & Well-being, Discussion
12:00-1:00pm CDT Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Online
Supported by the IPSR Center for Compassionate and Sustainable Communities and The Commons

Touch base with each other and discuss ideas for topics we might explore in this series through May. Attendees are encouraged to share a current favorite activity that engages care. 

Ways to Participate
Zoom:
https://kansas.zoom.us/j/988409975


Dial in by phone:
+1 (301) 715-8592
Meeting ID: 988 409 975
 

Care & Well-being, Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue
10:00-11:00am Thursday, March 5, 2020 The Commons
Presented by the Sawyer Seminar Series Chronic Conditions the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Spencer Museum of Art, the Kansas African Studies Center, and The Commons. 

This conversation will center Black maternal mortality at the intersection of race, gender, and health. As a playwright and instructor, Simpson's recent work examines these connections through the concept of "Weathering," an approach to address personal fears as well as larger contemporary issues that black women face.

Moderated by Alex Kimball Williams.

Light snacks provided. The first 30 attendees will receive a copy of Behind the Sheet, Simpson's 2018 play based on enslaved black women who were the subjects of a fictional 19th-century physician modeled after J. Marion Sims, the "father of modern gynecology."

Simpson will also speak at 5:30pm Wednesday, March 4 in the Malott Room, Kansas Union.

 

Discussion, Student Event
2:30-4:00pm Thursday, March 5, 2020 The Commons
Presented by the College Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This event will feature an open conversation with Dr. Joo Ok Kim (American Studies) about the mental health crisis in communities of color, by examining the artwork of reimagined tarot cards.

Care & Well-being, Discussion
12:00-1:00pm Wednesday, March 4, 2020 The Commons

This event has been cancelled.

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 March 4, the event will focus on the Too Tired Project, a growing and interactive community that uses photography as a therapeutic tool to express personal experience with depression and anxiety, featuring artist Tara Wray. https://www.tootiredproject.com/

Presented by The Commons and the IPSR Center for Compassionate and Sustainable Communities, in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Development and Mentoring, the Office of the Provost, the School of Social Welfare, Watkins Health Services, the College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the KU Public Management Center, KU Counseling and Psychological Services, the KU Ombuds Office, the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, the Department of Theatre & Dance, the Spencer Museum of Art, KU Libraries, the Department of Psychology, the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, the Department of Geography & Atmospheric Science, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration.

 

Panel, Public Event
5:30-6:30pm Tuesday, March 3, 2020 The Commons

Presented by The Commons, the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity, the Center for Service Learning, and the KU Civic Engagement Ambassadors

This series features experts on different aspects of US democracy, and centers opportunities for civic engagement. It is intended to help demystify elements of the systems and processes at work in the US democracy. It is also 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 II: The Voting Process, presenters will speak on topics that bear relevance to faculty, staff, and students at KU as well as first-time voters. Among the topics they will explore, are questions like:

-What are the primaries like in Kansas?
-How can I vote if I’m away from home?
-How can I participate in advance voting?
-What are the important deadlines I need to know?
-What are trends in voter turnout on campuses?
-What should I expect to see in my polling place?
-How does a KU affiliation affect my involvement?

Panelists:
Alejandro Rangel-Lopez, KU Student
Kelly Whitten, KU State Relations
Jamie Shew, Douglas County Clerk
Patrick Miller, KU Department of Political Science

Activity, Data & Democracy, Framing the Dialogue, Workshop
3:00-5:00pm Monday, March 2, 2020 The Commons
Supported by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities and The Commons.

This hands-on workshop will explore data, ethics, and social justice. Participants will have the opportunity to work in teams to analyze and visualize datasets related to political activism in the United States and around the globe. Datasets may draw on geopolitical, social media, and public data. Please bring a laptop.

Refreshments provided.

Artist Talk, Lecture, Public Event
7:00-8:30pm Wednesday, February 26, 2020 The Commons
Sponsored by the Visual Art Department

Brooklyn-based artist Stephen Powers creates iconic graphic artworks that embrace sincerity and the power of poetry. Stemming from a hybrid of street art and old school sign painting, Powers reminds us of the importance of human connection, the inevitability of time, and the way we craft and recraft our own personal narratives.

Stephen’s celebrated mural project, A Love Letter for You, composed of a series of 50 rooftop murals, collectively express love from one to another, and from local residents to their neighborhood of West Philadelphia. In Powers’ own words, Love Letter is “a letter for one, with meaning for all” and speaks to all residents who have loved and for those who long for a way to express that love to the world around them.

Stephen Powers will be in-residence in the Visual Art Department from Monday Feb. 24 – Friday Feb. 28. He will work with students in Visual Art to create an original artwork in printmaking.

Activity, Care & Well-being, Public Event
12:00-1:00pm Wednesday, February 26, 2020 The Commons

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 February 26 the event will be devoted to the practice of yoga with an opportunity to learn how to make it trauma-informed. Led by Nikki Cohen, a graduate student in the clinical psychology department.

Presented by The Commons and the IPSR Center for Compassionate and Sustainable Communities, in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Development and Mentoring, the Office of the Provost, the School of Social Welfare, Watkins Health Services, the College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the KU Public Management Center, KU Counseling and Psychological Services, the KU Ombuds Office, the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, the Department of Theatre & Dance, the Spencer Museum of Art, KU Libraries, the Department of Psychology, the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, the Department of Geography & Atmospheric Science, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration.
Care & Well-being, Discussion, Faculty Event, Graduate Student Event, The Future University
12:00-1:00pm Tuesday, February 25, 2020 The Commons

Presented by The Commons and the Center for Teaching Excellence, for instructors at all levels

Within the profession, pedagogy is commonly identified as the approach to teaching. In this two-part lunchtime discussion, those who teach--at all levels of the university--can share ideas and methods they have used. Join us for a lunchtime discussion around Positionality, Pedagogy, &

- How do instructors balance their identities and the commitments of teaching?
- Can positionalities contribute to the effectiveness of teachers?
- How can instructors manage productive discussion around conflicting opinions?
- Should teachers insert their own beliefs in discussions on sensitive topics?


 

Darren Canady, English
Derek Hutchinson, Curriculum & Teaching
Katie Rhine, African and African-American Studies & Geography and Atmospheric Science

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