Event Archive

Graduate Student Event
3:00-5:00pm Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | The Commons

Learn about best practices in setting up your LinkedIn, using twitter in a professional capacity to get your work out there and network with others in your area of interest, and branding tips. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Space is limited, please register here: https://kucoga.blog/event/social-media-and-branding-workshop/.

Supported by the College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons
 

Framing the Dialogue, The Future University, Workshop
9:00am-4:00pm Thursday, November 9, 2017 | The Commons

This workshop will bring together scholars and practitioners to examine consequences and responses to misinformation and fake news in democratic societies. How these issues affect underserved and digitally disadvantaged populations will be highlighted.

Topics of discussion will include: 

  • What are the consequences of misinformation for democracy and civic engagement?
  • How can we detect and address misinformation? What scholarly and industry efforts have been made in this area?
  • How can interdisciplinary collaboration most effectively push the fight against misinformation forward?
  • What countermeasures are most feasible and effective? How can scholars, industry, citizens, and nonprofit organizations work together on this?


To see the detailed agenda and to register, visit: http://smmworkshop.ku.edu/.

Framing the Dialogue
Thursday, November 9, 2017, Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Outside, The Commons

FlagIn partnership with the Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons presents the nationwide public art project Pledges of Allegiance, commissioned by Creative Time, a New York–based public arts non-profit. The project is a serialized commission of 16 flags, each created by an acclaimed artist to reflect the current political climate.

The project began on Flag Day in June 2017 and will run through July 30, 2018. The Commons and the Spencer Museum of Art partnered to host the project at the University of Kansas, beginning with the sixth flag Imagine Peace by multi-media artist Yoko Ono. All flags will go on display outside The Commons at Spooner Hall at 14th St and Jayhawk Blvd.

Flags for Pledges of Allegiance are being hoisted in partnership with 11 institutions at 14 locations nationwide. Each flag addresses an issue that the artist is passionate about and speaks to how the country might move forward collectively. Creative Time explains that the project “aims to inspire a sense of community among cultural institutions.” Current partners in the project include the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Cornell’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, among others. Of all participating institutions, KU is currently the farthest west that the project has been installed.

Participating artists include Tania Bruguera, Alex Da Corte, Jeremy Deller, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ann Hamilton, Robert Longo, Josephine Meckseper, Marilyn Minter, Vik Muniz, Jayson Musson, Ahmet Ögüt, Yoko Ono, Trevor Paglen, Pedro Reyes, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Nari Ward.

The Spencer Museum and The Commons will offer a series of programs to explore the themes raised by the project, and the community is encouraged to attend the raising of each new flag, which will be announced in advance.

For updates on the project, visit https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/exhibition/pledges-allegiance.

Graduate Student Event
9:30-10:30am Tuesday, November 7, 2017 The Commons

shut up and writeShut 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/

Supported by The College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

Lecture

Or Rosenboim, Lecturer, Modern History, City University of London

7:30 pm Thursday, November 2, 2017 | The Commons

In current political debates, globalism attracts a great deal of interest. The omnipresent processes of globalization invite politicians and commentators to declare themselves in favor or against globalist ideologies. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, repeatedly attacked the idea of globalism to the extent that his followers now use “globalist” as a slur. Dr. Or Rosenboim will discuss the place of "globalism" in contemporary politics by exploring the emergence of this idea. Is globalism a pluralistic and democratic political project, or a conservative and reactionary creed? By recovering the fascinating history of globalism, Dr. Rosenboim will reveal the relations between globalism and the new tide of nationalism in US politics today.

Rosenboim is a Lecturer in Modern History at City University of London. She holds a BA (hons. Bologna) and MSt (Oxon) in History and PhD (Cantab) in Politics and International Studies. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the Lisa Smirl Prize (Cambridge) and the prestigious Prix Raymond Aron (EHESS, Paris). Prior to her current position, she held a research fellowship at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and was a visiting fellow at The University of Chicago, Sciences- Po Paris and LUISS, Rome. Dr. Rosenboim’s research focuses on the history of political thought and international relations, and she has published extensively on geopolitics, international thought, European integration and federalism.

Supported by the Hall Center for the Humanities

Framing the Dialogue, Lecture
7:30pm Thursday, November 2, 2017 The Commons

Supported by the Hall Center for the Humanities

In current political debates, globalism attracts a great deal of interest. The omnipresent processes of globalization invite politicians and commentators to declare themselves in favor or against globalist ideologies. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, repeatedly attacked the idea of globalism to the extent that his followers now use “globalist” as a slur. Dr. Or Rosenboim will discuss the place of "globalism" in contemporary politics by exploring the emergence of this idea. Is globalism a pluralistic and democratic political project, or a conservative and reactionary creed? By recovering the fascinating history of globalism, Dr. Rosenboim will reveal the relations between globalism and the new tide of nationalism in US politics today.

Rosenboim is a Lecturer in Modern History at City University of London. She holds a BA (hons. Bologna) and MSt (Oxon) in History and PhD (Cantab) in Politics and International Studies. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the Lisa Smirl Prize (Cambridge) and the prestigious Prix Raymond Aron (EHESS, Paris). Prior to her current position, she held a research fellowship at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and was a visiting fellow at The University of Chicago, Sciences- Po Paris and LUISS, Rome. Dr. Rosenboim’s research focuses on the history of political thought and international relations, and she has published extensively on geopolitics, international thought, European integration and federalism.

Red Hot Research
Friday, October 27, 2017 The Commons

Presenters:

  • Terry Koenig, Social Welfare, Hoarding, Older Adults, Nonvoluntary Clients, Political Approach
  • David Ekerdt, Sociology, Possessions, Life Course, Identity
  • Darlingtina Atakere, Social Psychology/Gerontology, Elder Care, Eurocentric Modernism, Relationality
  • Hui Cai, Architecture, Senior Housing, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Generational
  • Kristi Williams, School of Nursing, Supporting Caregivers with Technology
  • Emcee:
  • Tamara Baker, Psychology
Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue
Sandra Kim, Founder and Executive Director, Everyday Feminism
10:00 am Friday, October 20, 2017 The Commons

Sandra Kim flyerKim will speak at 6:00pm on October 19 at Capitol Federal Hall about Compassionate Activism, a project of Everyday Feminism. Everyday Feminism's mission is to help people dismantle everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization through applied intersectional feminism and to create a world where self-determination and loving communities are social norms through compassionate activism.

For more information about Everyday Feminism and Sandra Kim's Compassionate Activism model, please visit: http://www.compassionateactivism.com/about/

Supported by the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity and The Commons

Coffee @ The Commons, The Future University
Arnab Chakraborty, English, Ramón Alvarado, Philosophy, Jennifer Abercrombie Foster, Spanish & Portuguese, Discussion Moderator: Christina Lord, French & Italian
3:30pm Wednesday, October 11, 2017 The Commons

Coffee at the CommonsAttendees should listen to Yuval Harari's conversation with Ezra Klein in preparation for this discussion. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-ezra-klein-show/e/49284945

Author of the international bestseller Sapiens (2014) and 2017 "sequel" Homo Deus, Israeli historian Yuval Harari presents arguments regarding the rise and potential fall of humanity. According to Harari, human dominance is due to widespread belief in fictions (religion, money, data). But what will the future hold as superintelligent computers evolve? What is the difference between intelligence and consciousness? Will humans evolve or become obsolete in the face of artificial intelligence? Join us for a discussion of Harari's mapping of the (post)human based on an interview between Harari and Vox's Ezra Klein.

Red Hot Research
Friday, September 29, 2017 The Commons

Presenters:

  • Dan Hirmas, Geography & Atmospheric Science, Climate Change, Soil Hydrology, Critical Zone science
  • Bob Hagen, Environmental Studies/Kansas Biological Survey, Outdoor Campus Classroom and Laboratory
  • Sara Gregg, History/Environmental Studies, Narrating Landscape, Great Plains Ecology, Keystone Species
  • Sharon Billings, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology/Kansas Biological Survey, Roots, Microbes, and The Anthropocene
  • Jay Johnson, Geography & Atmospheric Science; Soren Larsen, Geography (U. of Missouri), Wakarusa Wetlands, Agency of Place, Co-existence

Emcee:

  • Joey Orr, Spencer Museum of Art

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