Programs & Events Programs and Events



4:00pm Friday, April 29 | 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.

Joshua Miner, Film & Media Studies, Indigenous New Media
Tyler Galloway, Design, Print design and grassroots activism
Jonathan Peters, Journalism & Mass Communications, Press Relations at the Supreme Court
Laura Mielke, English, Theatre and US Abolition
Ari Linden, Germanic Languages & Literatures, Satire and Political Critique
Emcee: Jon Lamb, English

Museum Collection Viewing

Spencer Museum of Art Collections Open House

1:00-4:00pm Monday, May 2 | The Commons
Hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art

This monthly event is presented as a part of the Spencer Museum of Art's At Large programming. Visitors will learn about a selection of objects in the Spencer’s Global and Indigenous Collections, featuring a different theme each month. This month, the event will focus on Animals and Art.


Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies: Open Panel Discussion Promoting the Health and Happiness Movement

7:00pm Tuesday, May 3 | The Commons
Supported by the KU Leadership Studies Minor

The Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies panel discussion will include stories on personal development and journeys with body image, professional resources, and education on how body image affects all people, regardless of demographics.


"Between the World and Me" Discussion

2:00-3:30pm Thursday, May 5 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Office of First-Year Experience

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward. (Material provided by Random House)


Big Pictures: Designing for Civic Engagement

6:00-7:30pm Thursday, May 5 | The Commons
Sponsored by Spencer Museum of Art, Charlotte Street Foundation, and The Commons

Los Angeles-based designer and Rocket Grants juror Rosten Woo leads a roundtable discussion about design as social practice and the discourse, dialogue, and negotiations involved in working with the public sphere. Woo is best known for his civic-scale artworks and collaborations with grassroots organizations that help people understand complex systems, reorient themselves to places, and participate in group decision-making. Woo will provide a brief introduction to his practice and use examples from his work to launch the discussion. Participants are invited to read about Woo’s work in advance at and bring questions and ideas as they relate to the Lawrence community. RSVP requested by Monday, May 1 to


C21 Consortium

3:30pm Friday, May 6 | 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 ( at the Center for Teaching Excellence, with questions.


Undergraduate Biology Honors Symposium

8:00am Saturday, May 7 | The Commons

This symposium features the research of undergraduate honors students who will share their work. A schedule for the day is available here.


University Scholarly Achievement Awards

5:00pm Wednesday, May 11 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor

The University Scholarly Achievement Awards recognize mid-career scholars who have made significant scholarly or research contributions to their fields. The awards recognize achievement in four areas: arts and humanities; clinical sciences; science, technology, and mathematics; and social science and professional programs. The 2016 Recipients include: Christie Befort, associate professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (clinical sciences); Wen-Xing Ding, associate professor, Department of Pharmacy, Toxicology and Therapeutics (clinical sciences); William Elliott, associate professor, School of Social Welfare (social science and professional programs); Peter Grund, associate professor, Department of English (arts and humanities); and Greg Rudnick, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy (science, technology and mathematics).


CLAS Mini College

June 6-9 | The Commons
Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mini College is a week-long program developed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It has been providing lifelong learners the opportunity to rediscover the student experience since summer 2009. As the largest academic unit at the University of Kansas, the College is uniquely positioned to offer a broad program that satisfies a wide variety of interests. Courses span the humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, social and behavioral sciences, international and interdisciplinary studies, and the arts. Mini College is open to all adults, not just KU alumni. More information can be found on the Mini-College website:


KU Summer Undergraduate Research

10:00am-12:00pm Friday, July 29 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research

Summer undergraduate research at KU is particularly exciting, as current KU students are joined by students from across the globe from a variety of undergraduate institutions. Undergraduate students undertaking summer research or creative projects on the KU campus will present their projects in poster format at the KU Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session. This event is free and open to the public. Interested students may register to present online:


The Scholarship of Social Engagement Symposium

October 20-21, 2016 | The Commons
Supported by an Interdisciplinary Starter Grant

The University of Kansas is convening a symposium that assembles internationally recognized thought leaders on the subject of critical engagement. These practitioners and their work are presented at conferences, through exhibits, and in literature.

Our symposium seeks to investigate the theoretical underpinnings of such work and translate these action-based community engagement efforts into interdisciplinary and theoretically-based scholarship. We will convene this group of scholars in order to establish a framework for the critical inquiry and review of the public impact of socially engaged discourse and design. The symposium will gather a group of scholars, practitioners, critics, and historians to discuss different aspects, forms, and features of social engagement that have developed across time and regions.

Additional information on the symposium, submission, calendar of events, registration, and organizers can be found at:

This symposium and the research it supports are led by Joe Colistra, Architecture; Martha Rabanni, Peace & Conflict Studies; Jeremy Shellhorn, Design; Amanda Schwegler, Center for Civic & Social Responsibility; and Andi Witczak, Service Learning at K-State Olathe.