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PUBLIC EVENT

Building Healthy Economies and Sustainable Communities from the Bottom Up

Anthony Flaccavento, Organic Farmer, Food Systems Consultant, Author
7:00pm Thursday, January 19 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Douglas County Food Policy Council, the KU Center for Sustainability, the Department of Sociology, the Environmental Studies Program, the Institute for Policy and Social Research, and The Commons

Organic farmer, consultant and author Anthony Flaccavento will lead a discussion of his recently released book, Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real World Experience for Transformative Change, which features more than 30 examples of communities that are building just and sustainable economies.

Flaccavento has been farming for 23 years in the Appalachian region of Virginia, and working on sustainable economic development for more than three decades. His consulting firm, SCALE, Inc, works with communities around the world to build healthier food systems and stronger, more diverse local economies, including projects in Lawrence and northeastern Kansas. His work has been featured in many publications, including The Nation, Huffington Post, and Solutions Journal.

Books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

STUDENT SUMMIT

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Conversation and a Plan Forward

4:00-5:15pm Thursday, January 26 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The purpose of the summit is to welcome students back to campus and engage more deeply with students who are interested in our new and continuing and collaborative initiatives to create and maintain a more welcoming and fair learning environment.

Please email collegedei@ku.edu or call 785-864-3661 with any questions and for disability accommodations. Free refreshments will be served.

WORKSHOP

Campus to Community Workshop

11:00am-1:30pm Monday, January 30 | The Commons
Sponsored by KU Innovation & Collaboration

This event is offered to broaden awareness about the spectrum of engagement and to expand efforts in the communities served. It will include members of the public, community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, and others.

More information for the event, including a link to register, can be found on the KU Innovation & Collaboration website.

WORKING GROUP

C21 Consortium

2:00-3:30pm Friday, January 27 | 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.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Rock Chalk Talks

4:30pm Tuesday, January 31 | 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

MIGRATION LECTURE SERIES

Masculinity and Mobility: Men, Money, and Migration in an African Setting

Dan Smith, Professor of Anthropology, Brown University
3:30pm Wednesday, February 1 | The Commons
Co-sponsored by the Center for Migration Research, Center for Global & International Studies, and Department of Anthropology

Smith conducts research in medical anthropology, anthropological demography, and political anthropology in sub-Saharan Africa, with a specific focus on Nigeria. His research includes HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and behavior, adolescent sexuality, marriage, kinship, and rural-urban migration, as well as studies of patron-clientism, Pentecostal Christianity, vigilantism, and corruption. He has received funding from the NIH and NSF.
His most recent book is AIDS Doesn't Show Its Face: Inequality, Morality, and Social Change in Nigeria.

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
Emcee: Dave Roediger, American Studies/History

STUDENT EVENT

Empowerment Yoga

9:30am-10:45am Tuesday, February 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.

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.

STUDENT EVENT

Empowerment Yoga

9:30am-10:45am Tuesday, February 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.

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.

WORKING GROUP

C21 Consortium

2:00-3:30pm Friday, February 17 | 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.