Event Archive

Artist Talk, Faculty Event, Humans in a More Than Human World, Student Event, Visiting Scholar
Favianna Rodriguez, in Conversation with Imani Wadud
12:30-1:30pm CT Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Online
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.

Community Engaged Research, Data & Democracy, Panel, Public Event
12:00-1:00pm CST Tuesday, March 2, 2021 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.

Panelists:
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

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

Link to Zoom Registration.

Care & Well-being, Discussion, Faculty Event, Student Event
11:00am-12:00pm CT Thursday, February 25, 2021 Online
Hosted by The Commons, the IPSR Center for Compassionate and Sustainable Communities, and the Spencer Museum of Art; with support from the Environmental Studies Program, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Center for Faculty Development and Mentoring

This session features guided discussion to consider ways in which we can--as individuals and as larger departments/offices/programs--reflect the principles of generous thinking, as described by Kathleen Fitzpatrick in her 2019 book Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University. Attendees are encouraged to view her keynote talk that launched the KU Summit on Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship on January 27, viewable at the KU Libraries YouTube channel.

Link to Zoom Registration.

Book Talk, Public Event
7:00pm CST Thursday, February 25, 2021 Online

Paper Plains Literary Festival returns this spring with three online events. This, the first event of the 2021 festival, celebrates the new book, No One is Talking About This, by Patricia Lockwood.

As this urgent, genre-defying book opens, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet her adoring fans. She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms “the portal,” where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a vast chorus of voices is now dictating her thoughts. When existential threats—from climate change and economic precariousness to the rise of an unnamed dictator and an epidemic of loneliness—begin to loom, she posts her way deeper into the portal’s void. An avalanche of images, details, and references accumulate to form a landscape that is post-sense, post-irony, post-everything. “Are we in hell?” the people of the portal ask themselves. “Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die?”

Suddenly, two texts from her mother pierce the fray: “Something has gone wrong,” and “How soon can you get here?” As real life and its stakes collide with the increasingly absurd antics of the portal, the woman confronts a world that seems to contain both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy, and justice in the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.

Fragmentary and omniscient, incisive and sincere, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the endless scroll and a profound, modern meditation on love, language, and human connection from a singular voice in American literature.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Patricia Lockwood was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and raised in all the worst cities of the Midwest. She is the author of two poetry collections, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black and Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, a New York Times Notable Book, and the memoir Priestdaddy, which was named one of the ten best books of 2017 by The New York Times Book Review. Lockwood’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and the London Review of Books, where she is a contributing editor.

Tommy "Teebs" Pico is the author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, and Feed. He's been the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Poetry Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Brooklyn Public Library. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributor editor at Literary Hub. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Link to Paper Plains website for access.

Care & Well-being, Discussion, Faculty Event, Graduate Student Event, The Future University, Undergraduate Student Event
11:00am-12:00pm CT Thursday, February 11, 2021 Online
Hosted by The Commons, the IPSR Center for Compassionate and Sustainable Communities, and the Spencer Museum of Art; with support from the Environmental Studies Program, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Center for Faculty Development and Mentoring

This session features extended check-in time for those who attend. How are we? Where are we setting intentions? What opportunities can we see? We’ll host discussion across programs, departments, and centers at KU who have shifted their delivery styles and adjusted the focus of their work, in response to changing needs during the pandemic.
We will wrap up the session with a grounding exercise.

Link to Zoom Registration.

Care & Well-being, Discussion, Faculty Event, Graduate Student Event, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative
4:00-5:00pm CST Wednesday, February 10, 2021 Online

The Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative is developing conversations around topics of common interest across disciplines and professions to respond to challenges related to health and well-being. This discussion, open to those interested, will focus on LGBTQIA+ Populations & Health.
This is space is offered to help identify research opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration; learn about existing work; develop partnerships; and share resources.

Link to Zoom Registration.

The Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative is a developing platform to:
Create connections across professionals and among researchers around affinities within the realm of health and wellness;
Connect researchers to funding opportunities around health and wellness; and
Offer a platform for collaboration around existing and emerging health-related challenges.

Lecture, Public Event, The Future University
9:30-10:30am Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Online
Supported by the KU Libraries and The Commons

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University, will discuss her book, “Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University.” Fitzpatrick urges academics to think critically, constructively, and generously — a mode of engagement that she describes as listening over speaking, community over individualism, and collaboration over competition. 

Register here: https://kansas.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aUgpiKLiQDaNwfFUKicRYQ

This keynote address will be presented in conjunction with the Center for Service Learning’s Summit on Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship. In addition to Fitzpatrick’s keynote address and the invited roundtable session noted below, the Summit on Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship will feature presentations from KU faculty, staff, and community partners (csl.ku.edu/celssummit).

Care & Well-being, Discussion, Faculty Event, Graduate Student Event, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, Humans in a More Than Human World, Undergraduate Student Event
1:00-2:00 CST Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Online

The Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative is developing conversations around topics of common interest across disciplines and professions to respond to challenges related to health and well-being. This discussion, open to those interested, will focus on Climate & Health.

This is space is offered to help identify research opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration; learn about existing work; develop partnerships; and share resources.

Register here: https://kansas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwuce6orjkjGt2tm3DmJ2Cd192LShl7Hx62

The Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative is a developing platform to:
Create connections across professionals and among researchers around affinities within the realm of health and wellness;
Connect researchers to funding opportunities around health and wellness; and
Offer a platform for collaboration around existing and emerging health-related challenges.

Graduate Student Event, Red Hot Research
4:00-5:00pm CST Friday, November 20, 2020 Online

Red 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. Red Hot Graduate Research features 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.

Hilary Hicks (she/her/hers), Clinical Psychology/Gerontology, Actigraphy, Sleep, Alzheimer’s Disease
D’Arlyn Bell (she/her/hers), Public Affairs & Administration, Political Mobilization, Nonprofits, Philanthropy
Christopher Peace (he/him/his), English, Rhetoric & Composition, Black, Rhizome, Religion, Identity, Hurston
Ellen Collier (she/her/hers), French, Francophone & Italian Studies, Late Medieval, Emotion, Poetry
Max Birdnow (he/him/his), Educational Psychology, Creativity, Adolescents, Anxiety, Depression, Focus Groups
Fatemeh Shayesteh (she/her/hers), Journalism & Mass Communications, #MeToo Movement, Sexual Abuse, Social Media
Emcee: Elise Higgins, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Register here: https://kansas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpdu2prDgjEtLltdpZlUB9gvoQWzzgAgM6

Care & Well-being, Discussion, Faculty Event, Graduate Student Event, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, Undergraduate Student Event
12:00-1:00pm CST Friday, November 20, 2020 Online

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

For more information about the Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, visit http://thecommons.ku.edu/health-humanities-and-arts-research-collaborative.

This Zoom gathering will feature:

  • a spotlight on ongoing research
  • breakout discussions around core themes

Register here: https://kansas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIudeuurjgiH9W4X0BWCfMK_wdkYRG1eO9G

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