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ARAB UPRISINGS LECTURE SERIES

The Arab Spring and Its Surprises

Asef Bayat, Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and Professor of Sociology and Middle Eastern studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
7:30pm Thursday, April 24 | The Commons

Sponsored by the University Honors Program

Before joining the University of Illinois, Bayat taught at the American University in Cairo for many years and served as the director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) holding the Chair of Society and Culture of the Modern Middle East at Leiden University, The Netherlands. His research areas range from social movements and social change, to religion and society, Islam and the modern world, and urban space and politics. His recent books include Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn (Stanford University Press, 2007); Being Young and Muslim: Cultural Politics in the Global South and North (with Linda Herrera) (Oxford University Press, 2010); Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2013. 2nd edition); and Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam (Oxford University Press, 2013).

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

David Rokeby
April 28-May 1 | The Commons

Sponsored by The Commons

David Rokeby is an installation artist based in Toronto, Canada. He has been creating and exhibiting since 1982. For the first part of his career he focused on interactive pieces that directly engage the human body, or that involve artificial perception systems. In the last decade, his practice has expanded to included video, kinetic and static sculpture. His work has been performed / exhibited in shows across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. For more information about David Rokeby, visit his website: http://www.davidrokeby.com

Installation Viewing

Very Nervous System (1986-1990)
4:00-5:30pm Tuesday, April 29 | The Commons

Artist Talk

5:30pm Tuesday, April 29 | The Commons

Coffee @ The Commons

10:00am Wednesday, April 30 | The Commons

Faculty Roundtable

How Do Research Questions Develop Across Disciplines? 3:00pm Wednesday, April 30 | The Commons

HUMAN MIGRATION SERIES

Pre-Hispanic Migrations in Central America: What we think we know and what we wish we knew

John Hoopes, Professor, Archaeology
12:00 - 1:00pm Friday, May 2 | The Commons

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology

This brown-bag series addresses the causes and consequences of Human Migration and will explore human migration from social, economic, demographic and biological perspectives.

IDEA CAFÉ

Pleistocene Rewilding: The Reintroduction of the Large Mammals of North America

Harry W. Greene, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Director of Graduate Studies, Cornell University
3:00pm Monday, May 5 | The Commons

Sponsored by the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, the University Honors Program, and The Commons

Harry W. Greene champions a movement to restore the large wild vertebrates of North America. This 'Pleistocene re-wilding' would be achieved through a series of carefully managed ecosystem manipulations, using closely related species as proxies for extinct large vertebrates, and would change the underlying premise of conservation biology. What would this idea mean for the existence of humans across the continent?

The Idea Café is intended to elicit energetic exchanges between attendees in response to the speaker's introduction. RSVP to thecommons@ku.edu. Limit 50 guests.

HUMAN MIGRATION SERIES

You say border militarization like that's a bad thing: Tracing a concept's migration 1985-2012

Peter Haney, Assistant Director, Latin American & Caribbean Studies
12:00 - 1:00pm Friday, May 9 | The Commons

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology

This brown-bag series addresses the causes and consequences of Human Migration and will explore human migration from social, economic, demographic and biological perspectives.