Event Archive

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

Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue
w/ Michelle Tea
10:00am-11:00am Friday, September 21, 2018 The Commons
Supported by The Commons, the Raven Book Store, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, the Office of Research, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the Office of the Provost

After Michelle Tea's presentation on Thursday evening, join us for a discussion inspired by her writing.

Coffee @ The Commons is intended to provide a venue for conversation between interested members of the community and a visiting scholar. It is a free event, 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.

Public Event
Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms
6:00pm Thursday, September 20, 2018 Lawrence Arts Center Main Stage
Supported by The Commons, the Raven Book Store, Free State Festival, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, the Office of Research, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the Office of the Provost
Presented in conjunction with Lawrence Free State Festival