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PUBLIC SESSION

The Power of Migration Stories

3:30pm Tuesday, December 6
Hosted by the Kansas African Studies Center

Presented as part of the ongoing Framing the Dialogue conversation at The Commons, this gathering will feature a conversation about migration issues across disciplines. The Kansas African Studies Center and its Migration Stories project partners will highlight accomplishments in facilitating and sharing stories of migration this year during an initiative funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Join us to view the fruits of the project to date and to discuss possible broader collaborations in the future.

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 37: Activism

4:00pm Friday, February 3 | 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:
Jonathan Peters, Journalism
Betsy Esch, American Studies
Chuck Epp, Public Affairs & Administration
Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Aerospace Engineering
Maria Velasco, Visual Art
Clarence Lang, African and African-American Studies

KENNETH A. SPENCER LECTURE

The Hidden City: Landscape, Urban Design, and the Microbial Universe

Jessica Green, TED Senior Fellow, Architectural Biologist
7:00pm Wednesday, February 8 | The Commons

Green is a world renowned scientist inspiring people to think about bacteria in entirely new ways. An Alec and Kay Keith Professor of Biology at the University of Oregon and professor at the Santa Fe Institute, Green is helping us see how the microbial blueprint of our bodies, homes, cities, and forests impacts our world, and our future. As co-founder and CTO of Phylagen, a DNA data harvesting and analytics company, Green envisions a future for urban design that promotes sustainability, human health, and well-being.

Green is currently spearheading efforts to model urban spaces as complex ecosystems that house trillions of diverse microorganisms interacting with each other, with humans, and with their environment. She calls it the “built environment microbiome.” As founding director of the Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center, she is working with architects and engineers to advance our understanding of how microbial communities assemble, interact, evolve, and influence public health. In addition, she is co-creating a graphic novel about the urban microbiome with graphic designer Steve Green and writer and TED Fellow Anita Doron.

Green is internationally recognized for highly cited publications in Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her work has been featured in TIME, ABC, NBC, NPR, Forbes, Discover, Scientific American, and The Economist. She is the recipient of the Blaise Pascal International Research Chair, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and a TED Senior Fellowship. She earned an M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, both at the University of California, Berkeley.

COFFEE @ THE COMMONS

on the Future University

Jessica Green, TED Senior Fellow, Architectural Biologist
10:00am Thursday, February 9 | The Commons

Green is a world renowned scientist inspiring people to think about bacteria in entirely new ways. An Alec and Kay Keith Professor of Biology at the University of Oregon and professor at the Santa Fe Institute, Green is helping us see how the microbial blueprint of our bodies, homes, cities, and forests impacts our world, and our future. As co-founder and CTO of Phylagen, a DNA data harvesting and analytics company, Green envisions a future for urban design that promotes sustainability, human health, and well-being.

Green is currently spearheading efforts to model urban spaces as complex ecosystems that house trillions of diverse microorganisms interacting with each other, with humans, and with their environment. She calls it the “built environment microbiome.” As founding director of the Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center, she is working with architects and engineers to advance our understanding of how microbial communities assemble, interact, evolve, and influence public health. In addition, she is co-creating a graphic novel about the urban microbiome with graphic designer Steve Green and writer and TED Fellow Anita Doron.

Green is internationally recognized for highly cited publications in Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her work has been featured in TIME, ABC, NBC, NPR, Forbes, Discover, Scientific American, and The Economist. She is the recipient of the Blaise Pascal International Research Chair, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and a TED Senior Fellowship. She earned an M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, both at the University of California, Berkeley.

PUBLIC EVENT

Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair

Sarah Schulman, Distinguished Professor of English, College of Staten Island, City University of New York
7:00pm Thursday, February 16 | The Commons
Presented by the KU Libraries, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Department of English, the University Honors Program, the Department of American Studies, and The Commons

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and AIDS historian, and the author of eighteen books. A Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow, Sarah is a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island, and on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace. She is the Co-Founder of MIX: NY LGBT Experimental Film and Video Festival, Co-Director of ACT UP Oral History Project, and the US Coodinator of the first LGBT Delegation to Palestine. She was also the Coordinator of the HOMONATIONALISM and PINKWASHING CONFERENCE at the City University of New York Graduate Center, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (April, 2013). She is also a member of the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and is a fellow at the NY Institute for the Humanities at NYU.

Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair was published in October, 2016. bell hooks writes, "With awesome brilliance and insight, Sarah Schulman offers readers new strategies to intervene on all relations of domination both personal and political. The core of this book provides ways to think and move beyond blaming and/or assuming victimhood -- so that each of us may come to understand the role we assume in creating and sustaining conflicts in all our relations. Sharing myriad ways, critical vigilance can help us all understand that conflict need not be viewed as abuse, that essential distinctions may be made between the hurt we experience in conflict and the violence of abuse, Schulman offers a vision of mutual recognition and accountability that liberates."

COFFEE @ THE COMMONS

on Change within a University

Sarah Schulman, Distinguished Professor of English, College of Staten Island, City University of New York
10:00am Friday, February 17 | The Commons
Presented by the KU Libraries, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Department of English, the University Honors Program, the Department of American Studies, and The Commons

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and AIDS historian, and the author of eighteen books. A Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow, Sarah is a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island, and on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace. She is the Co-Founder of MIX: NY LGBT Experimental Film and Video Festival, Co-Director of ACT UP Oral History Project, and the US Coodinator of the first LGBT Delegation to Palestine. She was also the Coordinator of the HOMONATIONALISM and PINKWASHING CONFERENCE at the City University of New York Graduate Center, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (April, 2013). She is also a member of the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and is a fellow at the NY Institute for the Humanities at NYU.

STUDENT EVENT

Lunch & Learn with Sarah Schulman, on Student Activism

12:00pm Friday, February 17 | Office of Multicultural Affairs
Presented by the KU Libraries, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Department of English, the University Honors Program, the Department of American Studies, and The Commons

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and AIDS historian, and the author of eighteen books. A Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow, Sarah is a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island, and on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace. She is the Co-Founder of MIX: NY LGBT Experimental Film and Video Festival, Co-Director of ACT UP Oral History Project, and the US Coodinator of the first LGBT Delegation to Palestine. She was also the Coordinator of the HOMONATIONALISM and PINKWASHING CONFERENCE at the City University of New York Graduate Center, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (April, 2013). She is also a member of the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and is a fellow at the NY Institute for the Humanities at NYU.

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.

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.

HUMANITIES LECTURE SERIES

Pursuing Elusive Equity in Higher Education

Jennifer Hamer, Professor of American Studies
7:30pm Tuesday, March 28 | The Commons
Supported by the Hall Center for the Humanities

Jennifer Hamer is KU Professor of American Studies/African & African American Studies and Chair of the American Studies department. Her general area of study is the family, and within this broad field, her primary research interests are African American fathers, mothers, and families, especially those that are working class. Lately, she has turned her attention to diversity and equity in higher education. Her lecture will explore “Pursuing Elusive Equity in Higher Education.”

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.

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.