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.

Care & Well-being, Community Engaged Research, Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Graduate Student Event, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, Humans in a More Than Human World, Public Event, Student Event
12:00-1:00pm CT Thursday, February 17, 2022 Online

Climate change is often discussed in scientific terms, but the work of responding to the urgency of climate change requires many voices. The realms of social, creative, activist, spiritual, food production, and many others, play critical roles in the larger conversation. As well, we know that climate change disproportionately affects certain populations. We present this series to showcase the works of leaders included in All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson. This series brings thought leaders from diverse professions and callings into conversation with KU students and the community.

Leah Penniman (Li*/Ya/She/He), Co-Director and Farm Manager at Soul Fire Farm, has over 20 years of experience as a soil steward and food sovereignty activist, having worked at the Food Project, Farm School, Many Hands Organic Farm, Youth Grow and with farmers internationally in Ghana, Haiti, and Mexico. Li co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 with the mission to reclaim our inherent right to belong to the earth and have agency in the food system as Black and Brown people. Her areas of leadership at Soul Fire include farmer training, international solidarity, perennials, writing, speaking, “making it rain,” and anything that involves heavy lifting, sweat, and soil. Li’s book “Farming While Black” is a love song for the earth and her peoples.

Penniman will give a presentation, after which li will be in conversation with Douglas County Grower and Food Policy Activist Cody Haynes.

Presented by: The Commons; the Environmental Studies Program; the Indigenous Studies Program; and the KU Departments of African and African-American Studies, English, Geography and Atmospheric Science, and Geology; the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity; the KU Sawyer Seminar; the Office of Multicultural Affairs; the Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative; the University Honors Program; and the Global Awareness Program.

Link to Zoom Registration.

Of interest to:
All Ages, Faculty, General Public, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students

Past Events

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