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COFFEE @ THE COMMONS

Lori Nix, Photographer

10:30am Friday, October 24 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Hallmark Corporate Foundation, the KU Department of Design, and The Commons

As a photographer, Lori Nix constructs her subject matter. She builds scenes and photographs them, using no digital manipulation. Thus, building materials, lighting, issues of scale and space are significant concerns when she is making new work. Her series of photographs include Accidentally Kansas, Some Other Place, Lost, Unnatural History, and The City. Nix works in Brooklyn, but she is originally from Norton, Kansas. The collection of the Spencer Museum of Art holds a number of her photographs.

WORKSHOP

Digital Humanities Research Tornado

1:00pm-4:00pm Friday, October 24 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities

The Digital Humanities Research Tornado is a research networking session aimed at developing internal grant proposals based in interdisciplinary collaboration between KU faculty (staff and grad students also welcome). It is intended to bring researchers together to develop proposals for seed grants of up to $15,000 in the Digital Humanities and all allied fields, including but not limited to Computer Science and Information Technology, genomics, geography, law, journalism, social sciences and other fields.

The IDRH Co-Directors, Advisory Board and facilitators Germaine Halegoua (Film & Media Studies) and Jonathan Lamb (English) invite you to participate in this brainstorming session.

Refreshments will be served. Final proposals for seed grants of up to $15,000 are due Monday, December 1. Please see the seed grant guidelines for more information. SEED GRANT APPLICANTS MUST BE PRESENT AT THE TORNADO TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL.

For more information, visit the announcement on the IDRH website: http://idrh.ku.edu/seedgrants.

BOLD ASPIRATIONS LECTURE

Dirty Entanglements: Human Trafficking, Corruption and Terrorism

Louise Shelley, University Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University
3:30pm Tuesday, October 28 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost

Louise Shelley is a University Professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, where she is the founding director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC). She is a leading expert on the relationship among terrorism, organized crime and corruption as well as human trafficking, transnational crime and terrorism with a particular focus on the former Soviet Union. She also specializes in illicit financial flows and money laundering.

Her most recent book: Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism was published by Cambridge University Press in July 2014. She is the author of Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective (Cambridge 2010), Policing Soviet Society (Routledge, 1996), Lawyers in Soviet Worklife and Crime and Modernization, as well as numerous articles and book chapters on all aspects of transnational crime and corruption. She is also an editor (with Sally Stoecker) of Human Traffic and Transnational Crime: Eurasian and American Perspectives.

HUMAN MIGRATION SERIES

Pre-Hispanic Migrations in Central America: What We Think We Know & What We Wish We Knew

John Hoopes, Professor of Anthropology, University of Kansas
12:00-1:00pm Friday, October 31 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology, and The Commons

The Human Migration Series is a forum for presentations on the nature and consequences of ancient and contemporary patterns of human mobility. The series is designed to enable researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to engage in critical dialogues about biocultural, socioeconomic, political, historical, and environmental issues that affect migration. Initiated by the Department of Anthropology's concentration in Migration, the series encourages the development of partnerships between KU researchers and others who work with issues of human migration.

MEETING

C21 Consortium

2:00-3:30pm Friday, October 31 | The Commons
Organized by CTE, CODL, the Center for STEM Education
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hosted by The Commons

KU’s C21 (i.e., 21st Century) Consortium is a learning community of individuals from across campus who share a goal of improving and accelerating course redesign at KU. It will connect instructors involved in course redesign with each other and with multiple resources that will facilitate their work. The hub of the consortium is the new CLAS Teaching Postdoc program for the natural sciences and mathematics and social and behavioral sciences. Thus, C21 includes the teaching postdocs and the department faculty with whom they are collaborating, faculty leaders in hybrid course redesign, instructors implementing redesigned courses, and specialists from CTE, CODL, and the Center for STEM Education. The Consortium will also include graduate assistants to support consortium members’ work on their courses, plus a pool of undergraduate peer mentors.

Contact Judy Eddy (jeddy@ku.edu) at the Center for Teaching Excellence, with questions.

LECTURE

Byron T. Shutz Award Lecture

The Effect of Corporate Governance and Legal Institutions on the Value of Companies in the U.S. and Around the World

Jide Wintoki, KU School of Business
3:30pm Thursday, November 13 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost

Jide Wintoki is the 28th recipient of the Byron T. Shutz Excellence in Teaching Award. Nominees for this annual award are selected from student surveys. Professor Wintoki will give a lecture, which will be followed by a reception in his honor.

LECTURE

Emily Graslie: Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Field Museum
7:00pm Thursday, November 13 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum, the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Office of First Year Experience

Emily Graslie is celebrated for her popular YouTube show “The Brain Scoop,” which explores behind-the-scenes of the natural history museum. Her reports from the field range from romantic ants to skinning a wolf to odd museum jobs. Graslie majored in studio art at the University of Montana where she discovered her passion for zoological museums during a visit to the University’s museum to practice her sketching.

HUMAN MIGRATION SERIES

Border Apocalypse: The Literary Fantasies of Our Doom Around a Border Line

Rafael Acosta, Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of Kansas
12:00-1:00pm Friday, November 14 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology, and The Commons

The Human Migration Series is a forum for presentations on the nature and consequences of ancient and contemporary patterns of human mobility. The series is designed to enable researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to engage in critical dialogues about biocultural, socioeconomic, political, historical, and environmental issues that affect migration. Initiated by the Department of Anthropology's concentration in Migration, the series encourages the development of partnerships between KU researchers and others who work with issues of human migration.

MEETING

C21 Consortium

2:00-3:30pm Friday, November 14 | The Commons
Organized by CTE, CODL, the Center for STEM Education
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hosted by The Commons

KU’s C21 (i.e., 21st Century) Consortium is a learning community of individuals from across campus who share a goal of improving and accelerating course redesign at KU. It will connect instructors involved in course redesign with each other and with multiple resources that will facilitate their work. The hub of the consortium is the new CLAS Teaching Postdoc program for the natural sciences and mathematics and social and behavioral sciences. Thus, C21 includes the teaching postdocs and the department faculty with whom they are collaborating, faculty leaders in hybrid course redesign, instructors implementing redesigned courses, and specialists from CTE, CODL, and the Center for STEM Education. The Consortium will also include graduate assistants to support consortium members’ work on their courses, plus a pool of undergraduate peer mentors.

Contact Judy Eddy (jeddy@ku.edu) at the Center for Teaching Excellence, with questions.

RED HOT RESEARCH

4:00pm Friday, November 14 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. 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 faculty members, 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, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

Presenters:
Byron Caminero-Santangelo, English/Environmental Studes
Mariana Candido, History
Uma Outka, Law
Cathy Preston, Film & Media Studies
Pam Fine, Journalism

PRESENTATION

Maximilian Schich, Associate Professor for Art and Technology, University of Texas - Dallas
5:30pm Monday, November 17 | The Commons

An Art Historian by training, Maximilian Schich brings together hermeneutics, information visualization, computer science, and physics to understand and better explain art, history, and culture. Through his research, he explores the nature and emergence of complexity in the arts and humanities using an approach that combines quantitative analysis and visualization with hermeneutic interpretation, which sets the base for collaborations that aim to model and simulate previously hidden phenomena.
Through his teaching, Schich seeks to explore and nurture Multidisciplinary Approaches in Arts and Technology as well as various aspects of Cultural Science, a collaborative process that embraces humanistic inquiry, physics, computer science, and information design in a single coherent workflow.

IDEA CAFÉ

Maximilian Schich, Associate Professor for Art and Technology, University of Texas - Dallas
12:00pm-1:00pm Tuesday, November 18 | The Commons

The Idea Café is intended to elicit energetic exchanges between attendees in response to the speaker's introduction. RSVP by November 10 to thecommons@ku.edu. Limit 40 guests.

RESEARCH SHARING

The Big Share

12:00pm Thursday, November 20 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Center for Civic & Social Responsibility

The Big Share brings together faculty from multiple disciplines to discuss their successes and questions about the use of service learning pedagogy tocreate university-community partnerships. Faculty will be encouraged to support one another's efforts, work together, and share their experiences for the benefit of others. The event will create an opportunity to find potential collaborators.

PRESENTATION

The Big Bang in the Laboratory

1:30-2:30pm Friday, November 21 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Department of Physics & Astronomy

Paolo Giubellino is an experimental physicist who has dedicated most of his scientific life to the physics of high-energy heavy-ion collisions, in which a state of ultra-dense hot matter—like the one prevailing in the first microseconds of life of our universe—is created. Since 2011 Giubellino has led the ALICE experiment at CERN, an international collaboration of 1,300 scientists from 149 scientific institutions in 37 countries. The author of more than 200 scientific papers, he has received numerous honors and awards, including the title of commendatore (“commander”, the second-highest honorific title in the Italian Republic) for scientific merits from Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in 2012. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Enrico Fermi Prize, the highest recognition of the Italian Physical Society, and in 2014 he received the Lise Meitner Prize, the highest recognition for nuclear physics by the European Physical Society. Throughout his career he has accompanied his studies of nuclear physics with the development of technologies for particle detection, and he is a member of the Instrumentation Panel of the International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA).

RESEARCH ROUNDTABLE

Excavating the Universe: Physics Interacts with the Arts

2:30-4:00pm Friday, November 21 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art and the Department of Physics & Astronomy

This roundtable brings together artists and physicists to talk about the ways their work is stimulated and inspired by the other discipline. Distinguished panelists will include experimental physicist Paolo Giubellino, spokesperson for the ALICE project at CERN; Ariane Koek, coordinator of the Arts@CERN project; physicist and filmmaker Agnes Mocsy; designers from the studio MK12, which did the graphics for Particle Fever; and artist Marissa Benedict, who works with the Art, Science & Culture initiative at the University of Chicago. This event is organized by physics Prof. Daniel Tapia Takaki and the Arts Research Collaboration (ARC) initiative at the Spencer Museum of Art. Supported by the Research Investment Council, ARC is a partnership between the SMA and the Biodiversity Institute, Information and Telecommunication Technology Center, and Department of Visual Art that aims to foster innovative interdisciplinary research at the intersection of the arts, sciences, technology, and society.

MEETING

C21 Consortium

2:00-3:30pm Friday, December 5 | The Commons
Organized by CTE, CODL, the Center for STEM Education
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hosted by The Commons

KU’s C21 (i.e., 21st Century) Consortium is a learning community of individuals from across campus who share a goal of improving and accelerating course redesign at KU. It will connect instructors involved in course redesign with each other and with multiple resources that will facilitate their work. The hub of the consortium is the new CLAS Teaching Postdoc program for the natural sciences and mathematics and social and behavioral sciences. Thus, C21 includes the teaching postdocs and the department faculty with whom they are collaborating, faculty leaders in hybrid course redesign, instructors implementing redesigned courses, and specialists from CTE, CODL, and the Center for STEM Education. The Consortium will also include graduate assistants to support consortium members’ work on their courses, plus a pool of undergraduate peer mentors.

Contact Judy Eddy (jeddy@ku.edu) at the Center for Teaching Excellence, with questions.

RED HOT RESEARCH

4:00pm Friday, December 5 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. 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 faculty members, 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, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

Presenters:
Alex Diener, Geography
Alfred Ho, Public Affairs & Administration
Lumen Mulligan, Law
Steven Duval, Spencer Museum of Art
Rich Glor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology/Biodiversity Institute

KENNETH A. SPENCER LECTURE

An Evening with Margaret Atwood - Celebrating Integrative Study

7:00pm Monday, February 2 | Kansas Union, Ballroom

The Commons is pleased to present An Evening with Margaret Atwood - Celebrating Integrative Study, through the support of the Kennth A. Spencer Lecture Fund.

A winner of many international literary awards, including the prestigious Booker Prize, Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty volumes of poetry, children's literature, fiction, and non-fiction. She is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Her non-fiction book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, part of the Massey Lecture series, was recently made into a documentary.

Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004, she co-invented the LongPen, a remote signing device that allows someone to write in ink anywhere in the world via tablet PC and the internet. She is also a popular personality on Twitter, with over 300,000 followers.

Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

photo credit: Jean Malek