Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture

Kenneth A. Spencer LectureThe Kenneth A. Spencer Lectures gives 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.

Care & Well-being, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:00pm Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Liberty Hall

Jonny Sun is the best-selling author and illustrator of “everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too” and the illustrator of “Gmorning, Gnight!” by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He is a writer for the sixth season of “BoJack Horseman,” and is writing a movie for 20th Century Fox. Tweeting as @jonnysun, he was named one of TIME Magazine's 25 Most Influential People on the Internet of 2017. As a doctoral candidate at MIT, he studies social media, virtual place, and online community. His latest art installation, The Laughing Room, was exhibited at MIT in 2018 and TED in 2019. Recently, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2019, and is a 2019 TED Talks speaker.

Jonny Sun's presentation will feature a talk and an on-stage interview with KU Associate Professor of Journalism, Yvonnes Chen, followed by a book-signing.

Tickets are free and available here: https://www.universe.com/events/kenneth-a-spencer-lecture-jonny-sun-tickets-lawrence-4WYC0J

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

Past Events

Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:00pm Thursday, January 24, 2019 Liberty Hall
Jose Antonio Vargas, Journalist, Filmmaker, Immigrant Rights Advocate
Framing the Dialogue, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:00 pm Wednesday, January 31, 2018 The Commons
Eve L. Ewing
Data & Democracy, Framing the Dialogue, 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
Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:00 pm Monday, February 2, 2015 Kansas Union Ballroom
Maximilian Schich, Margaret Atwood
Data & Democracy, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
5:30pm Monday, November 17, 2014 The Commons
Data & Democracy, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
Monday, April 7, 2014 The Commons
Data & Democracy, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:00 pm Thursday, November 21, 2013 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 Wednesday, February 29, 2012 The Commons

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