Framing the Dialogue

The Commons presents this series, in collaboration with campus partners and visiting scholars, to invite dialogue across disciplines, that references the broader conversations we face at a societal level. These events broach topics of intersectional identity, community, and the sociopolitical implications of events. While they address themes that are at times difficult to discuss, they encourage conversations worth having. Through this series we endeavor to frame these topics so that conversation is productive despite the difficulty and potential for disagreement.

We recognize that the only way to understand different perspectives is to hear them, and to keep asking questions. Please feel encouraged to contribute to the discussion, and recognize that many of these topics are particularly sensitive.

Partners in programming include: the KU Libraries, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Civic & Social Responsibility, the KU Honors Program, the Office of First-Year Experience, the KU Law School, Peace & Conflict Studies, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Spencer Museum of Art, the Department of English, the Department of Design, and the School of Architecture & Design.

Framing the Dialogue, Red Hot Research
4:00-5:30pm Friday, October 22, 2021 The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, to reveal overlaps and connections across areas of interesting and methodological approaches. 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 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, the University will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration. 

COVID Modifications:
In an effort to be responsive to changing health/safety protocol, Red Hot Research will be held in the main space of The Commons, with limited seating. Refreshments will be provided after the presentations in the Weaver Courtyard, outside.


Briana McGeough, Social Welfare
Giselle Anatol (she/her/hers), English, LGBTQ children's literature, young adult (YA), African diaspora, Hurricane Child
Amanda Mollet (she/her/hers), Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Renee Perelmutter, Slavic Languages & Literatures / Jewish Studies

Presented in conjunction with the "51 Years OUT!" Celebration of Gay Liberation History at KU and in Lawrence.

Of interest to:
Faculty, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff

Past Events

Activity, Discussion, Framing the Dialogue
12:00-1:00pm CT Thursday, September 23, 2021 Online
Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue, Humans in a More Than Human World, Student Event
2:00-3:00pm CT Tuesday, September 21, 2021 The Commons
Amitav Ghosh
Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Humans in a More Than Human World
12:30-1:30pm CT Wednesday, April 14, 2021 Online
Heather McTeer Toney, Climate Justice Liaison, Environmental Defense Fund
Community Engaged Research, Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Panel
6:00pm CDT Thursday, October 8, 2020 Online / By Phone
Community Engaged Research, Data & Democracy, Dialogue, Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Graduate Student Event, Panel, Public Event, Undergraduate Student Event
6:00pm CDT Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Online
Artist Talk, Book Talk, Faculty Event, Framing the Dialogue, Graduate Student Event, Lecture, Migration Lecture Series, Performance, Public Event, Public Scholarship, Student Event, University Lecture Series, Visiting Scholar
7:30pm CDT Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Online / By Phone
Coffee @ The Commons, Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Public Event
10:00-11:00am CDT Friday, March 27, 2020 Online
Care & Well-being, Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue
10:00-11:00am Thursday, March 5, 2020 The Commons
Activity, Data & Democracy, Framing the Dialogue, Workshop
3:00-5:00pm Monday, March 2, 2020 The Commons
Dialogue, Discussion, Framing the Dialogue
11:00am-12:00pm Tuesday, April 30, 2019 The Commons