Event Archive

Juliana Spahr
7:00 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2018 The Commons

Juliana SpahrJuliana Spahr’s interests revolve around questions of transformation, language, and ecology. Concerned with politics without being overtly political, Spahr’s work crosses a variety of American landscapes, from the disappearing beaches of Hawaii to the small town of her Appalachian childhood. Following the critical theories mapped out in her book of criticism, Everybody’s Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective Identity (2001), her own poems have focused on reading as a “communal, democratic, and open process.”

In addition to her volume of criticism, Spahr has published ten books of poetry: Nuclear (1994); Response (1996), which won a National Poetry Series Award; Spiderwasp or Literary Criticism (1998); Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You (2001); Things of Each Possible Relation Hashing Against One Another (2003); This Connection of Everyone with Lungs (2005); The Transformation (2007), Well Then There Now (2011), Army of Lovers with David Buuck (2013), and That Winter the Wolf Came (2015). Spahr has also edited several volumes of essays and poetry. She edits the book series Chain Links with Jena Osman and the collectively funded Subpress with nineteen other people and Commune Editions with Joshua Clover and Jasper Bernes.

Supported by the Department of English Eberhardt Lecture Series

Graduate Student Event
9:30-11:00 am Tuesday, February 6, 2018 The Commons

Supported by The College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

Shut 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/

Framing the Dialogue, Workshop
2:00-5:00 pm Saturday, February 3, 2018 The Commons

People's State of the UnionEvery January, the President delivers a State of the Union address highlighting important issues from the past year and suggesting priorities for the coming year. It’s a broadcast from one to many. But democracy is a conversation, not a monologue. Understanding the state of our union takes We the People reflecting in our own communities on our challenges and opportunities locally, nationally, and globally. Join us for a People's State of the Union Story Circle! This is a powerful way of coming together, getting to know one another, and reflecting on the state of our community, country, and world. Learn more about the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture and the People's State of the Union here: www.usdac.us/psotu

This event is offered in conjunction with Pledges of Allegiance, a public art project featuring flags created by contemporary artists to reflect the current political climate.

Sponsored by the US Department of Arts and Culture - Lawrence Field Office, the Spencer Museum of Art, and The Commons

Framing the Dialogue, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
Eve L. Ewing
7:00 pm Wednesday, January 31, 2018 The Commons

Eve L. Ewing is a writer and scholar from Chicago. She is the author of Electric Arches and When the Bell Stops Ringing: Race, History, and Discourse amid Chicago's School Closures. She also co-wrote the multimedia performance No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Her work has been published in Poetry magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and many other venues. She is a sociologist of education at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She also co-directs Crescendo Literary (a partnership that develops community-engaged arts events and educational resources) and is one-half of the writing collective Echo Hotel, alongside Hanif Abdurraqib.

Tickets are free but required.
Available here: https://www.universe.com/embed2/events/kenneth-spencer-lecture-eve-l-ewing-poetry-in-context-tickets-lawrence-RTY3FC​

Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
Eve L. Ewing
7:00 pm Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Liberty Hall


Framing the Dialogue, Workshop
1:00-3:00 pm Thursday, January 18, 2018 The Commons

This session will engage a variety of texts and academic disciplines and will benefit instructors teaching the 2017-2018 KU Common Book, Citizen: An American Lyric.

Faculty and GTAs who will utilize the KU Common Book in their course(s) are encouraged to attend. Those interested in participating should RSVP to the Office of First-Year Experience.

Supported by the Office of First-Year Experience and the College Office of Graduate Affairs

Faculty Event, Red Hot Research
Ben Sikes, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology/Kansas Biological Survey, Richard Barohn, Neurology, Jane Zhao, Business, Ann Ryan, Monarch Watch, Mahasweta Banerjee, Social Welfare, Emcee: Jon Lamb, English
4:00pm Friday, December 1, 2017 | The Commons

Red 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.

Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue
with Photographer Justin Kimball
1:00pm Thursday, November 30, 2017 | The Commons

Kimball is known for his images from small, all but defunct towns in New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, many of which were company towns whose economies relied on natural resources, such as coal, steel, lumber, paper and farming. The pictures are of the people who live in these towns now, as well as their homes and back yards, and the streets and the buildings that once supplied the town with its livelihood and economy. While the pictures are about a specific region, they also point to a growing invisible, yet ubiquitous, part of the American landscape. The work is meant to pose questions about what happens when things get hard. They evoke questions about struggle, hope, and what it is to be human.

Join us for discussion following a brief introduction by the artist.

Graduate Student Event
4:30pm Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | The Commons

Rock Chalk Talks is a monthly event for undergraduate students that will put a handful of undergraduate researchers in the spotlight for approximately 6 minutes while they each present their research and talk about certain topics of the month. Included in each event:

  • Undergraduate researchers will present their work while focusing on a theme
  • A competitive trivia game after each presentation on the research that was just shared
  • Prizes for the winners of the trivia game
  • A social hour with snacks and friends

Presented by the Center for Undergraduate Research

Graduate Student Event, Red Hot Research
4:00pm Friday, November 17, 2017 | The Commons

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. 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.

Haifa Alhadyian, Molecular Biosciences, Model Organisms in Biomedical Research
Nicholas Feroce, Linguistics, Pronouns and Neurons
Javier Torres, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Herpetological Research in Cuba
Pegah Naemi, Psychology, Trumping the Facts
Anthony Boynton, English, Racism & Afrofuturism
Emcee: Ramón Alvarado, Philosophy