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.

Past Events

Framing the Dialogue, The Future University, Workshop
9:00am-4:00pm Thursday, November 9, 2017 | The Commons
Framing the Dialogue
Thursday, November 9, 2017, Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Outside, The Commons
Framing the Dialogue, Lecture
7:30pm Thursday, November 2, 2017 The Commons
Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue
10:00 am Friday, October 20, 2017 The Commons
Sandra Kim, Founder and Executive Director, Everyday Feminism
Discussion, Framing the Dialogue
12:00 pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017 The Commons
Amer F. Ahmed
Framing the Dialogue, Panel
7:00 pm Thursday, September 21, 2017 The Commons
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
Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue
1:00 pm Friday, September 8, 2017 The Commons
Lua Yuille, Law, Randall Fuller, English, Shawn Leigh Alexander, African & African-American Studies
Framing the Dialogue, Lecture and Book Signing
7:00 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2017 The Commons
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
Framing the Dialogue
5:15 pm-6:00 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2017 The Commons
Siobhán Scarry, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Bethel College, Candice Wuehle, Ph.D. Candidate in English, KU
Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Panel, The Future University
7:00 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017 The Commons
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