Event Archive

Discussion, Framing the Dialogue
Amer F. Ahmed
12:00 pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017 The Commons

This event will explore the impacts of Islamophobia in many different areas of not just higher education but society itself. Additionally, it will be a space for people that are interested in learning more about Islam and Islamophobia. It will be an event that will have folks from many interdisciplinary fields coming together.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs
Red Hot Research
Friday, September 22, 2017 The Commons


  • Sam Henkin, Geography & Atmospheric Science, Non-lethality in use of force
  • Sierra Watt, Political Science, Indigenous Feminism(s) & Tribal Governments
  • José Héctor Cadena, American Studies, Contesting Popular Films
  • Alyson Wilkins, Museum Studies, Art & Science in Museums
  • M. Polo Camacho, Philosophy, Dogma of Acquired Traits


  • Roseann Pluretti, Journalism and Mass Communications
Framing the Dialogue, Panel
Martin Doherty, Student Rights Committee Chair for Student Senate, Tammara Durham, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, David Farber, Distinguished Professor, Department of History, Bill Larzalere, KU Legal Services
7:00 pm Thursday, September 21, 2017 The Commons

College campuses have historically been hotbeds of political activism and free speech. But what rights are guaranteed to students, and where are their rights limited? Join this interdisciplinary discussion panel of faculty, staff, and students to learn more about student rights on college campuses, particularly with regard to freedom of speech.

Co-sponsored by The Commons, KU's Student Senate, and the University Honors Program
Red Hot Research
Friday, September 8, 2017 The Commons


  • Chris Crandall, Psychology, Farmers, Decision-making, Forecasting, Socialpsychology
  • Yvonnes Chen, Journalism, Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Kim Kimminau, Family Medicine, Patient Engagement, Team Science, Researcher Privilege
  • Town Peterson, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology/Biodiversity Institute, Biodiversity and Rephotography
  • Dietrich Earnhart, Economics, Environmental Protection, Inspections, Compliance, Tournament


  • Kate Meyer, Spencer Museum of Art
Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue
Lua Yuille, Law, Randall Fuller, English, Shawn Leigh Alexander, African & African-American Studies
1:00 pm Friday, September 8, 2017 The Commons

Coffee in the Commons flyerIn the national debate about the future of Confederate monuments, what should be taken into consideration?

The conversation will begin with an introduction from Lua Yuille, Randall Fuller, and Shawn Alexander. Afterward, it will turn into a dialogue with those in attendance.

Framing the Dialogue, Lecture and Book Signing
Richard Rothstein, Research Associate of the Economic Policy Institute, Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California - Berkeley
7:00 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2017 The Commons

Richard RothsteinIn The Color of Law (Liveright, May 2017), Richard Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much recent social strife—is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels.

Book-signing and reception to follow the event.

Supported by: the Department of African and African-American Studies, the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, KU Libraries, the School of Law, the Department of American Studies, the School of Public Affairs & Administration, the Department of Sociology, the Langston Hughes Center, and The Commons

Framing the Dialogue
Siobhán Scarry, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Bethel College, Candice Wuehle, Ph.D. Candidate in English, KU
5:15 pm-6:00 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2017 The Commons

In conjunction with a workshop on teaching Citizen, Siobhán Scarry will highlight hybrid forms and a blending of discourses. The featured poets will cross boundaries between verse and prose, theory and literature, and the sacred and profane.

Siobhán Scarry is the author of the poetry collection Pilgrimly, which was published by Parlor Press in January, 2014. Juliana Spahr calls the book's poems “luminous, complicated and full of ecotonalities.” Cynthia Hogue writes of the collection, “we could ruminate, luxuriate, and divinate in the language of these exquisite poems. They give the light with their own eyes. There is gold on their tongues.” Her poetry and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous literary journals, including Colorado Review, jubilat, Mid-American Review, New Letters, and Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics. Scholarly work has appeared in Reading Duncan Reading: Robert Duncan and the Poetics of Derivation (University of Iowa Press, 2012) and in a special joint publication of Paideuma/Sagetrieb devoted to the work of George Oppen. She holds a PhD from SUNY Buffalo and an MFA from University of Montana, and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of literature and creative writing at Bethel College, Kansas.

Candice Wuehle is the author of the chapbooks VIBE CHECK, curse words: a guide in 19 steps for aspiring transmographs, and EARTH*AIR*FIRE*WATER*ÆTHER (Grey Books Press, 2015). Her work can be found in Tarpaulin Sky and The Volta. She is originally from Iowa City, Iowa and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Candice currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas where she is a Chancellor’s Fellow at The University of Kansas.

Supported by the Department of English in conjunction with the KU Common Book: Citizen
Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Panel, The Future University
Stefan M. Bradley - Associate Professor of History St. Louis University, Connie Burk - Executive Director, the NW Network, Susan Kruth - Senior Program Officer, Legal and Public Advocacy, FIRE, Frank LoMonte - Executive Director, Student Press Law Center, Moderator, Jeff Chasen - Associate Vice Provost, Integrity & Compliance, KU
7:00 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017 The Commons

Free SpeechThe First Amendment guarantees a right to free speech, but how does that apply at a university? How does the First Amendment affect a university’s ability to promote the discussion and debate of ideas? How does the concept of free speech intersect with free thinking? Does the First Amendment apply differently to students, staff, and faculty? To what extent does the First Amendment protect the dissemination of research? What opportunities and risks are there for activism and advocacy among students, staff, and faculty? What can we learn from the history of activism on a college campus? How do these questions affect the future of universities?

Join us for a discussion of these questions and more, with a panel of scholars on campus activism, constitutional law, and the intersections between them.

Stefan M. Bradley is fascinated with the efforts and abilities of black college students to change not only their scholastic environments but also the communities that surrounded their institutions of higher learning. Through protests and demands, students have been able to influence college curricula as well as the policies of their schools. His book, Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s follows the black students who risked their educations and lives during the famous controversy at Columbia University between 1968-1969. Currently, he is working on Blackened Ivy: Civil Rights, Black Power, and Ivy League Universities in the Postwar Era for New York University Press. His work on student/youth activism has been discussed in the Harvard Law Review, History News Network, NPR, C-Span2 BookTV, MSNBC, BBC, and BET.Research.

Connie Burk directs the NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse (The NW Network). Under her leadership, the Network established the National LGBT Training & Technical Assistance Initiative and the National Q&A Institute. Connie also spearheaded two national campaigns to publicize the Network, one of which was featured in Times Square. A nominator says of Burk’s work, “One of the most important ways Connie has influenced the antiviolence movement is by bringing violence prevention and a positive vision for change to the forefront of the work.”

Susan Kruth earned her B.A. from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2007, with a concentration in music and film. After a handful of short film and documentary gigs, Susan was inspired to go to law school in order to study the ways that the Constitution protects filmmakers. While attending the University of Virginia School of Law, she served as musical director of the law school’s a cappella group, the A Cappellate Opinions, and performed in UVA Law’s spring musical comedy program, the Libel Show. Susan earned her J.D. in 2011 and is now a member of the Virginia State Bar. She got her start working to protect free speech through a fellowship with the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has also completed civil rights internships with the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT & AIDS Project.

Frank LoMonte returns to KU having spoken on the Free Speech in Social Media panel at The Commons in 2014. He became the executive director of the Student Press Law Center in 2008 after practicing law with Atlanta-based Sutherland LLP and clerking for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before law school, LoMonte was an award-winning investigative journalist and political columnist for daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia. LoMonte graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Georgia Law Review. His articles about the First Amendment and media-law topics have been widely published in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the American University Law Review, the University of North Carolina First Amendment Law Review, and in many other outlets.

Jeff Chasen is the Director of Integrity & Compliance at KU, providing independent oversight and coordination of institutional compliance. He earned a BA in 1984 and JD in 1987 from George Washington University. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Public Risk Management Association and the Association of Governmental Risk Pools.

Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Provost, the Department of African and African-American Studies, the Department of American Studies, and The Commons

Data & Democracy
7:00 PM Tuesday, April 25, 2017 The Commons

Amid a changing social landscape of connectivity and communication, the legal and societal landscape of what is meant by 'free speech' may be shifting as well. The First Amendment guarantees free speech, but what are the substance and forms of that protection in the age of social media? As the use of social media in daily life grows exponentially, we consider what free speech and privacy mean in an era of immediate and unfettered access to wide dissemination, and whether there are new rules that characterize social engagement and free expression today. 

This event is sponsored by The Commons, the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications, and the Office of the Provost

Please submit questions via Twitter using the hashtag #DataDemocracy


  • Frank LoMonte, Executive Director, Student Press Law Center
  • Amy Gajda, Associate Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School
  • Stephen R. McAllister, E.S. & Tom W. Hampton Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law
  • Deanell Reece Tacha, Moderator, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, Pepperdine University

Order of Events

  • 7:00pm Opening Remarks, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little
  • 7:10pm Introductions, Deanell Reece Tacha
  • 7:20pm Remarks, Stephen R. McAllister
  • 7:35pm Remarks, Amy Gajda
  • 7:50pm Remarks, Frank LoMonte
  • 8:05pm Questions for the Panel, Deanell Reece Tacha
  • 8:25pm Questions from the Audience, Moderated by Deanell Reece Tacha
  • 9:00pm Closing Remarks
Red Hot Research, The Future University
Friday, April 21, 2017 The Commons


  • Joo Ok Kim, American Studies, Classified
  • Joey Orr, Spencer Museum of Art, Post-Studio to Public Practice
  • Michael Compitello, Music, Theatrical Percussion, Music Performance
  • Doug Ward, Journalism/CTE, Future of Teaching, Documenting Teaching, Future of Higher Education
  • Amber Rowland, Center for Research on Learning, Developing Good Citizens through Gaming, Social Media and Virtual Reality


  • Jon Lamb, English