Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture

Kenneth A. Spencer LectureThe Kenneth A. Spencer Lectures give The Commons an opportunity to invite seminal figures to speak to the University of Kansas and area communities. The voices represented include scholars and public figures whose work applies across disciplines as they approach larger themes and topics that affect humans on a broad scale.

Since 2008, The Commons has been organizing and implementing the lecture series, because of its interdisciplinary mission and values.

Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:00pm Thursday, January 24, 2019 Liberty Hall
Jose Antonio Vargas, Journalist, Filmmaker, Immigrant Rights Advocate

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is a founder and chief executive officer of Define American, the nation’s leading nonprofit media organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. He is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, to be published by HarperCollins, fall 2018.

In 2011, the New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay by Vargas in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants in a follow-up cover story. He then produced a directed Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. Broadcasted on CNN and streamed on Netflix, the film received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary. In 2015, MTV aired White People, an Emmy-nominated television special he produced and directed on what it means to be young and white in a demographically changing America.

Tickets are available at no cost: https://www.universe.com/events/jose-antonio-vargas-tickets-lawrence-1FJ305/manage

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

Past Events

Framing the Dialogue, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:00 pm Wednesday, January 31, 2018 The Commons
Eve L. Ewing
Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:00 pm Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Liberty Hall
Eve L. Ewing
Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:00 pm Wednesday, February 8, 2017 The Commons
Jessica Green
Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
Thursday, March 3, 2016 Kansas Union Ballroom
Andy Borowitz, Steve Kraske
Data & Democracy, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:00 pm Tuesday, March 25, 2014 The Commons
Data & Democracy, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
Thursday, February 7, 2013 The Commons
James Moor (with KU Professor Perry Alexander)
Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:30pm Tuesday, February 7, 2012, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 The Commons
Rebecca Solnit
Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:30pm Tuesday, February 7, 2012, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 The Commons
Rebecca Solnit
Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
Monday, February 7, 2011 The Commons
Braden R. Allenby

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