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STUDENT EVENT

Empowerment Yoga

9:30am-10:45am Tuesday, February 21 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center

Empowerment Yoga is a gender-inclusive yoga class designed to create empowerment opportunities for students, particularly those at increased risk for victimization of sexual violence, but open to all students wishing to increase their sense of bodily autonomy and power.

MIGRATION LECTURE SERIES

Stories of the Undocumented: Cultural Trauma and American DREAMers

Marta Caminero-Santangelo, Professor of English/Interim Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Kansas
7:00pm Tuesday, February 21 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Center for Migration Research at the Institute for Policy and Social Research

Marta Caminero-Santangelo examines how US Latinx writers are increasingly expressing their solidarity with undocumented immigrants in representing the issues surrounding unauthorized immigration as a form of cultural trauma; and she looks at the narratives of the undocumented themselves—especially so-called “DREAMers”—to discuss their formation of a common group identity and compelling story of American identity.

A reception will precede the lecture, at 6:30pm.

COFFEE @ THE COMMONS

with Photographer Natalie Krick

Challenging Ideal Female Beauty
10:00am Friday, February 24 | The Commons
Sponsored by The Hallmark Corporate Foundation, the Department of Design, and The Commons

Natalie Krick (b. 1986) lives in Seattle, Washington. She completed a BFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts in 2008 and an MFA in photography at Columbia College Chicago in 2012. She has recently exhibited at Aperture Gallery in New York, at David Weinberg Gallery in Chicago, and at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center in Denver. In 2015, she received an Individual Photographer's Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation.

Coffee @ The Commons provides a venue for conversation between interested members of the community and a visiting expert. In collaboration with departments across the University, The Commons invites speakers whose work has implications across disciplines. Coffee @ The Commons is then an opportunity for more intimate dialogue with these guests.

Coffee @ The Commons is open to KU faculty, staff, and students, as well as members of the larger Lawrence community. Those interested in attending should familiarize themselves with the work of the speaker beforehand, so that they are prepared to ask questions and prompt dialogue with the speaker and other attendees.

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 38: Health & Wellness

4:00pm Friday, February 24 | 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:
Omri Gillath, Psychology
Hui Cai, Architecture
Hannah Britton, Political Science/Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Carl Lejuez, Psychology/College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Fola Agusto, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

STUDENT EVENT

Empowerment Yoga

9:30am-10:45am Tuesday, February 28 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center

Empowerment Yoga is a gender-inclusive yoga class designed to create empowerment opportunities for students, particularly those at increased risk for victimization of sexual violence, but open to all students wishing to increase their sense of bodily autonomy and power.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Rock Chalk Talks

4:30pm Tuesday, February 28 | The Commons
Presented by the Center for Undergraduate Research

Rock Chalk Talks is a monthly event for undergraduate students that will put a handful of undergraduate researchers in the spotlight for approximately 6 minutes while they each present their research and talk about certain topics of the month. Included in each event:

• Undergraduate researchers will present their work while focusing on a theme
• A competitive trivia game after each presentation on the research that was just shared
• Prizes for the winners of the trivia game
• A social hour with snacks and friends

INSTALLATION OPENING

What Time is it in Havana?

6:00-8:00pm Thursday, March 2 | The Commons
Supported by KU Study Abroad, the Department of Design, the Department of Sociology, and the Environmental Studies Program

GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Red Hot Graduate Research

4:00pm Friday, March 3 | The Commons

Red Hot Graduate Research is intended to bring together graduate researchers from all disciplines. The format of these sessions is inspired by Red Hot Research, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. In this iteration, Red Hot Graduate Research will feature five graduate 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, graduate students will have an opportunity for cross-disciplinary discourse that will in turn give new perspectives on their work and provide a forum for future work in their chosen research fields.

STUDENT EVENT

Empowerment Yoga

9:30am-10:45am Tuesday, March 7 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center

Empowerment Yoga is a gender-inclusive yoga class designed to create empowerment opportunities for students, particularly those at increased risk for victimization of sexual violence, but open to all students wishing to increase their sense of bodily autonomy and power.

SHORT FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION

"Still / Moving: An Evening on Photography and Cinema in Senegal and Beyond"

with Dr. Giulia Paoletti and Mamadou Dia
4:30-6:00pm Monday, March 13 | The Commons
Supported by the Department of African and African-American Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, EGARC, the Department of French and Italian, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Kansas African Studies Center, and the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Photography and cinema are two media that more than any other depend on time: they may seek to freeze one instant or render its passing. Artists and scholars alike have explored the interconnections between the photographic still and cinematic image. In West Africa, Senegal was one of the first countries to develop a photographic tradition as early as the 1860s. Photographers in urban centers and then in rural areas captured the statuary presence of their sitters. With such a rich and dynamic tradition of art making, it is not surprising that the first film by an African director in the continent was Ousmane Sembène’s 1966 Black Girl. In honoring Senegal’s important filmmaking history, Mamadou Dia’s short Samedi Cinema traces the passing of time and seeks to grasp what is no longer visible.

Following a presentation by Dr. Giulia Paoletti on African art and photography, film director Mamadou Dia will present and discuss his short film Samedi Cinema (12min). http://www.samedicinemafilm.com

Mamadou Dia is a Senegalese filmmaker currently based in New York. He is completing his MFA at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. His stories are rooted in daily intimate realities inspired from his life growing up in northern Senegal and working as a journalist across the African continent. His latest short Samedi Cinema was selected to international film festivals including the Venice Film Festival (Italy), Toronto Film Festival (Canada), the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (Belgium), the Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid (Spain) and Festival Images et Vie (Senegal).

Dr. Giulia Paoletti is the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA). A specialist of African art, she completed her doctorate at Columbia University with a dissertation on the history of photography in Senegal (1860-1960). Building on two years of field research, her work investigates the changing significance of photographic portraiture in Senegal in dialectic relation with African, European and Islamic sources and references. More recently, she has co-curated two exhibitions at the Wallach Gallery and the MMA on African photography.

STUDENT EVENT

Empowerment Yoga

9:30am-10:45am Tuesday, March 14 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center

Empowerment Yoga is a gender-inclusive yoga class designed to create empowerment opportunities for students, particularly those at increased risk for victimization of sexual violence, but open to all students wishing to increase their sense of bodily autonomy and power.

STUDENT EVENT

Empowerment Yoga

9:30am-10:45am Tuesday, March 28 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center

Empowerment Yoga is a gender-inclusive yoga class designed to create empowerment opportunities for students, particularly those at increased risk for victimization of sexual violence, but open to all students wishing to increase their sense of bodily autonomy and power.

LECTURE

Serving Social Justice and Pedagogical Innovation Through Open Educational Practices

Rajiv Jhangiani, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
10:00am-11:30am Thursday, March 30 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries

Higher education promises to be a vehicle for economic and social mobility; however, this promise increasingly goes begging as our institutions are often structured to reinforce existing social inequalities. Open Educational Practices (OEP) encompass both the creation, adaptation, and adoption of open educational resources (OER) as well as the design of renewable assignments where students are empowered as co-creators of knowledge. More broadly, OEP embrace a collaborative, transparent, flexible, and learner-centered approach to education. This presentation will make a case for why the shift away from traditional (closed) practices is not only desirable but inevitable, and how OEP support the modern university’s mission by serving both social justice and pedagogical innovation.

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the University Teaching Fellow in Open Studies and a Psychology Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Jhangiani serves as the Senior Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellow with BCcampus, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching, and a faculty workshop facilitator with the Open Textbook Network. You can find him online at @thatpsychprof or thatpsychprof.com.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Rock Chalk Talks

4:30pm Thursday, March 30 | The Commons
Presented by the Center for Undergraduate Research

Rock Chalk Talks is a monthly event for undergraduate students that will put a handful of undergraduate researchers in the spotlight for approximately 6 minutes while they each present their research and talk about certain topics of the month. Included in each event:

• Undergraduate researchers will present their work while focusing on a theme
• A competitive trivia game after each presentation on the research that was just shared
• Prizes for the winners of the trivia game
• A social hour with snacks and friends

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 39: Sustainability & the Future

4:00pm Friday, March 31 | 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.

RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

2:00-6:00pm Monday, April 3 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

CLACS Graduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for graduate students in Latin American Studies to share their research with fellow students and faculty. It provides valuable feedback for the presenters and creates an opportunity for exchange among researchers at KU.

STUDENT EVENT

Empowerment Yoga

9:30am-10:45am April 4 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center

Empowerment Yoga is a gender-inclusive yoga class designed to create empowerment opportunities for students, particularly those at increased risk for victimization of sexual violence, but open to all students wishing to increase their sense of bodily autonomy and power.

PUBLIC EVENT

Closing the Gap: Salary Negotiation for Women

5:00pm Tuesday, April 4 | The Commons
Sponsored by the KU Career Service Alliance and the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity

Closing the Gap: Salary Negotiation Skills for Women will be held on Equal Pay Day to address salary disparity. Join the KU Career Services Alliance and The Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity for a panel event followed by application and networking to learn about salary equity issues and develop salary negotiation skills.

FESTIVAL

African Language Festival

5:00-7:00pm Thursday, April 20 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Kansas African Studies Center and the Department of African and African-American Studies

The Kansas African Studies Center and the Department of African and African-American Studies present the 2nd Annual African Language Festival. The festival highlights the work of KU students studying African languages, through poetry, music, skits, and other formats. This event is intended to be a fun language-learning celebration.

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 40: The Future University

4:00pm Friday, April 21 | 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.

PUBLIC EVENT

Understanding Free Speech on a University Campus
A Panel Discussion and Dialogue with Audience
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, Institutional Compliance, KU

7:00pm Tuesday, April 25 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Provost, the Department of African and African-American Studies, the Department of American Studies, and The Commons

The First Amendment guarantees a right to free speech, but how does that apply at a university? How does the First Amendment affect a university’s ability to promote the discussion and debate of ideas? How does the concept of free speech intersect with free thinking? Does the First Amendment apply differently to students, staff, and faculty? To what extent does the First Amendment protect the dissemination of research? What opportunities and risks are there for activism and advocacy among students, staff, and faculty? What can we learn from the history of activism on a college campus? How do these questions affect the future of universities?

Join us for a discussion of these questions and more, with a panel of scholars on campus activism, constitutional law, and the intersections between them.

Stefan M. Bradley is fascinated with the efforts and abilities of black college students to change not only their scholastic environments but also the communities that surrounded their institutions of higher learning. Through protests and demands, students have been able to influence college curricula as well as the policies of their schools. His book, Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s follows the black students who risked their educations and lives during the famous controversy at Columbia University between 1968-1969. Currently, he is working on Blackened Ivy: Civil Rights, Black Power, and Ivy League Universities in the Postwar Era for New York University Press. His work on student/youth activism has been discussed in the Harvard Law Review, History News Network, NPR, C-Span2 BookTV, MSNBC, BBC, and BET.Research.

Connie Burk directs the NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse (The NW Network). Under her leadership, the Network established the National LGBT Training & Technical Assistance Initiative and the National Q&A Institute. Connie also spearheaded two national campaigns to publicize the Network, one of which was featured in Times Square. A nominator says of Burk’s work, “One of the most important ways Connie has influenced the antiviolence movement is by bringing violence prevention and a positive vision for change to the forefront of the work.”

Susan Kruth earned her B.A. from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2007, with a concentration in music and film. After a handful of short film and documentary gigs, Susan was inspired to go to law school in order to study the ways that the Constitution protects filmmakers. While attending the University of Virginia School of Law, she served as musical director of the law school’s a cappella group, the A Cappellate Opinions, and performed in UVA Law’s spring musical comedy program, the Libel Show. Susan earned her J.D. in 2011 and is now a member of the Virginia State Bar. She got her start working to protect free speech through a fellowship with the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has also completed civil rights internships with the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT & AIDS Project.

Frank LoMonte returns to KU having spoken on the Free Speech in Social Media panel at The Commons in 2014. He became the executive director of the Student Press Law Center in 2008 after practicing law with Atlanta-based Sutherland LLP and clerking for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before law school, LoMonte was an award-winning investigative journalist and political columnist for daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia. LoMonte graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Georgia Law Review. His articles about the First Amendment and media-law topics have been widely published in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the American University Law Review, the University of North Carolina First Amendment Law Review, and in many other outlets.

Jeff Chasen is the Director of Institutional Compliance at KU, providing independent oversight and coordination of institutional compliance. He earned a BA in 1984 and JD in 1987 from George Washington University. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Public Risk Management Association and the Association of Governmental Risk Pools.

RESEARCH SHOWCASE

C21 Consortium

3:30-5:30pm Friday, May 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.