Event Archive

Flag-Raising
10:00am Thursday, July 5, 2018 The Commons

Supported by the Spencer Museum of Art and The Commons

In 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.

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.

Coffee @ The Commons
10:00am Thursday, May 3, 2018 The Commons

Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhumans / Philosopher

Graduate Student Event
9:30-11:00 am Tuesday, May 1, 2018 The Commons

Shut up and writeSupported 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/

Faculty Event, Red Hot Research
4:00 pm Friday, April 27, 2018 The Commons

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.

Presenters:
Ben Merriman, School of Public Affairs & Administration
Alison Olcott Marshall, Geology
Brandon DeKosky, Chemical Engineering & Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Jude Kastens, Kansas Biological Survey
Jonathan P. Lamb, English

Graduate Student Event
9:30-11:00 am Tuesday, April 17, 2018 The Commons

Shut up and writeSupported 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/

Red Hot Research
4:00 pm Friday, April 6, 2018 The Commons

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.

Film Screening
6:00-8:00 pm Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Spencer Museum of Art, Auditorium

In Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s subversive romantic comedy "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" (1974), a lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a young man (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar. Wielding the romantic power of classic Hollywood melodrama, the film also exposes racial tensions underlying contemporary German culture. This film is screened in conjunction with the public art project Pledges of Allegiance. Running time: 93 min. Not Rated. German and Arabic with English subtitles.

Sponsored by The Commons and the Spencer Museum of Art
Film Screening, Framing the Dialogue
6:00-8:00pm Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Spencer Museum of Art, Auditorium

Sponsored by The Commons and the Spencer Museum of Art

In Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s subversive romantic comedy "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" (1974), a lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a young man (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar. Wielding the romantic power of classic Hollywood melodrama, the film also exposes racial tensions underlying contemporary German culture. This film is screened in conjunction with the public art project Pledges of Allegiance. Running time: 93 min. Not Rated. German and Arabic with English subtitles.

Graduate Student Event
9:30-11:00 am Tuesday, April 3, 2018 The Commons

Shut up and writeSupported 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/

Book Talk, Framing the Dialogue
7:00pm Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Liberty Hall

Supported by the Raven Book Store, the Department of English, the Department of American Studies, the Department of African & African-American Studies, the Langston Hughes Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, The Office of Diversity and Equity, the Hall Center for the Humanities, The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, KU Libraries, The Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, The Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, The Project on the History of Black Writing, and The Commons

Danez Smith's work as a black and queer poet, transcends arbitrary boundaries to present work that grips, dismantles oppressive constructs, and strikes on the human heart. Often centered around intersections of race, class, sexuality, faith, and social justice -- Smith uses rhythm, fierce raw power, and imagery to re-imagine the world as they take it apart.

Recipient of 2017 NEA award for poetry, Smith has performed on stages abroad & all over the US; recently they were a featured performer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Their work has been published widely on platforms including Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Blavity, Buzzfeed, and Ploughshares. Smith is the 2016 winner of the Kate Tufts Poetry Award, 2016 Hopwood Awardee, and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Smith’s second full-length collection, Don't Call Us Dead, was be published by Graywolf Press in September of 2017.

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