Humans in a More than Human World

Through these events and initiatives, The Commons presents creative, scholarly, exploratory, and investigative ideas that highlight reciprocal ways of knowing. Through a nontraditional worldview, this series aims to combine forms of knowledge (traditional, scientific, technical, creative, visual, narrative, etc.) In this series, The Commons and collaborative partners will explore known and possible ways to understand the role humans play as individuals and as a species, challenge us to consider new and more perspectives, and listen for voices we are less attuned to hearing.

Questions for exploration include:

  • What can we learn from nonhuman teachers?
  • How do humans communicate urgency, and what role does fear play?
  • How do humans listen to other species in a critical moment?
  • Are there synchronicities shared across species, related to survival and adaptation?
  • What is the role of social justice in climate justice?
  • How might humans consider the teachings of previously extinguished ecosystems?
  • What does decreasing biodiversity mean for humans and for other species?
  • What can nonhuman species teach us about community?

Book Talk, Care & Well-being, Humans in a More Than Human World, Public Event
5:30-7:00pm Wednesday, October 6, 2021 The Commons
Sponsored by the KU Department of English, The Commons, the Spencer Museum of Art, the Project on the History of Black Writing, and the IPSR Center for Compassionate and Sustainable Communities

Michael Kleber-Diggs is the author of Worldly Things, for which he won the 2020 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. His poems offer guidance on ways forward—toward radical kindness and a socially responsible poetics. “Let’s create folklore side-by-side,” he urges, asking us to aspire to a form of nurturing defined by tenderness, to a kind of community devoted to mutual prosperity. “All of us want,” after all, “our share of light, and just enough rainfall.”

Kleber-Diggs was born and raised in Kansas and now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in Lit Hub, the Rumpus, Rain Taxi, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Water~Stone Review, Midway Review, North  Dakota Quarterly and a few anthologies. Michael teaches poetry and creative non-fiction through the Minnesota Prison Writers Workshop.

Book sales will be provided on-site by KU Bookstore.

Of interest to:
All Ages, Faculty, General Public, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students
Care & Well-being, Coffee @ The Commons, Discussion, Humans in a More Than Human World, Student Event
3:00-4:00pm Wednesday, October 6, 2021 The Commons
Sponsored by the KU Department of English, The Commons, the Spencer Museum of Art, the Project on the History of Black Writing, and the IPSR Center for Compassionate and Sustainable Communities

Michael Kleber-Diggs is the author of Worldly Things, for which he won the 2020 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. His poems offer guidance on ways forward—toward radical
kindness and a socially responsible poetics. “Let’s create folklore side-by-side,” he urges, asking us to aspire to a form of nurturing defined by tenderness, to a kind of
community devoted to mutual prosperity. “All of us want,” after all, “our share of light, and just enough rainfall.”

Join Michael Kleber-Diggs for Coffee @ The Commons prior to the reading. Coffee @ The Commons is a series that offers space for more informal dialogues with visiting scholars.

Of interest to:
All Ages, Faculty, General Public, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students
Humans in a More Than Human World, Red Hot Research
4:00-5:30pm Friday, November 12, 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.

Presenters:
Steve Gurysh, Visual Art
Josephine Chandler, Molecular Biosciences
Liz Koziol, Kansas Biological Survey
Hannah Collins, Music

Emcee: Megan Kaminski, English

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

Past Events

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
Activity, Care & Well-being, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, Humans in a More Than Human World
11:00am-12:00pm CT Thursday, April 22, 2021 Online
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
Discussion, Humans in a More Than Human World
12:00-1:00pm CDT Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Online
Humans in a More Than Human World, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture, Lecture, Public Event
7:00pm CDT Thursday, April 1, 2021 Online
Restoration and Reciprocity: Healing Relationships with the Natural World
Artist Talk, Faculty Event, Humans in a More Than Human World, Student Event, Visiting Scholar
12:30-1:30pm CT Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Online
Favianna Rodriguez, in Conversation with Imani Wadud
Care & Well-being, Discussion, Faculty Event, Graduate Student Event, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, Humans in a More Than Human World, Undergraduate Student Event
1:00-2:00 CST Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Online
Activity, Care & Well-being, Discussion, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, Humans in a More Than Human World
2:00-3:00pm CST Thursday, November 19, 2020 Online
Care & Well-being, Coffee @ The Commons, Humans in a More Than Human World
10:00-11:00am Thursday, February 6, 2020 The Commons
Humans in a More Than Human World, Red Hot Research
4:00-5:30pm Friday, November 15, 2019 The Commons

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