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Healing through Activism: Why It's Important and How To Do It

Sandra Kim, Founder and Executive Director, Everyday Feminism
10:00am Friday, October 20 | The Commons
Supported by the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, the KU Libraries, the Department of American Studies, the Department of African and African-American Studies, and The Commons

Kim will speak at 6:00pm on October 19 at Capitol Federal Hall about Compassionate Activism, a project of Everyday Feminism. Everyday Feminism's mission is to help people dismantle everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization through applied intersectional feminism and to create a world where self-determination and loving communities are social norms through compassionate activism.

For more information about Everyday Feminism and Sandra Kim's Compassionate Activism model, please visit: http://www.compassionateactivism.com/about/

CONFERENCE

Interpretations of Colonial and Neo-Colonial Africa: Defining/Understanding/Re-defining Legitimacy

12:00pm-6pm Friday, October 20 | The Commons
Hosted by the Mid-America Alliance for African Studies and the Kansas African Studies Center

Over 35 scholars from across the Midwest will gather to share their work and reflect on the theme of legitimacy in colonial and neo-colonial Africa when KU hosts the 2017 Mid-American Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) Annual Meeting on October 20 - 21, 2017. Dr. Glenn Adams (Psychology, KU) will give a public address on "The Role of African Studies in the Midwest" on Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm in The Commons. His talk will be followed by a reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Kansas African Studies Center at KU. Scholars, students, and members of the community interested in Africa and its diaspora are invited to attend the conference which begins at 1:00 pm in The Commons on Friday. On Saturday, six conference panels will take place at the Hall Center for the Humanities between 9:00 - 4:30.
MAAAS is open to all with an interest in scholarship and teaching within an African Studies focus, and the organization seeks to provide a forum for far-flung Africanists in the middle of the U.S., where great distances exist between relatively small pockets of African Studies enthusiasts. The conference is sponsored by the Kansas African Studies Center and the Department of African & African-American Studies with additional support from the Department of Economics and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. More information on the meeting is available at https://kasc.ku.edu/fall-2017-maaas-conference.
For more information about this conference, its proceedings, and accompanying events, visit kasc.ku.edu.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Rock Chalk Talks

4:30pm Tuesday, October 24 | 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

Prof² Workshop: Grant Proposal Development Workshop

3:30-5:00pm Thursday, October 26 | The Commons
Supported by the College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

This hands-on workshop gives students the chance to work with successful grantees on common (and maybe unusual) questions around various proposal elements including narratives, budgets and budget justifications, and data management plans.

Prof Squared is a workshop series held each semester with three workshops covering a different topic each semester. These workshops are designed to provide students with skills and knowledge that is applicable to careers both within and beyond academia.

Space is limited, please register here: https://kucoga.blog/event/prof2-2-grant-proposal-development-workshop/.

PANEL

Engaging "Citizen" from the Margins

6:00pm Thursday, October 26 | The Commons
Supported by the Office of First-Year Experience and the Office of Multicultural Affairs

At this event attendees will be a part of a panel and discussion between a variety of members of the KU community including faculty, staff, and students to discuss the KU Common Book 2017-18 Citizen: An American Lyric.

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 43: Aging & Aging Populations

4:00pm Friday, October 27 | 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:
Terry Koenig, Social Welfare, Hoarding, Older Adults, Nonvoluntary Clients, Political Approach
David Ekerdt, Sociology, Possesions, Life Course, Identity
Darlingtina Atakere, Social Psycholoy/Gerontology, Elder Care, Eurocentric Modernism, Relationality
Hui Cai, Architecture, Senior Housing, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Generational
Kristi Williams, School of Nursing, Supporting Caregivers with Technology
Emcee:
Tamara Baker, Psychology

LECTURE

Globalism in the Age of Trump

Or Rosenboim, Lecturer, Modern History, City University of London
7:30pm Thursday, November 2 | The Commons
Supported by the Hall Center for the Humanities

In current political debates, globalism attracts a great deal of interest. The omnipresent processes of globalization invite politicians and commentators to declare themselves in favor or against globalist ideologies. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, repeatedly attacked the idea of globalism to the extent that his followers now use “globalist” as a slur. Dr. Or Rosenboim will discuss the place of "globalism" in contemporary politics by exploring the emergence of this idea. Is globalism a pluralistic and democratic political project, or a conservative and reactionary creed? By recovering the fascinating history of globalism, Dr. Rosenboim will reveal the relations between globalism and the new tide of nationalism in US politics today.

Rosenboim is a Lecturer in Modern History at City University of London. She holds a BA (hons. Bologna) and MSt (Oxon) in History and PhD (Cantab) in Politics and International Studies. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the Lisa Smirl Prize (Cambridge) and the prestigious Prix Raymond Aron (EHESS, Paris). Prior to her current position, she held a research fellowship at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and was a visiting fellow at The University of Chicago, Sciences- Po Paris and LUISS, Rome. Dr. Rosenboim’s research focuses on the history of political thought and international relations, and she has published extensively on geopolitics, international thought, European integration and federalism.

GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

9:30-10:30am Tuesday, November 7 | The Commons
Supported by The College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers:
• committed, condensed time to write, and
• built-in feedback from peers

It began as a movement for writers in San Francisco to structure their time and connect with other writers. The idea was simple: write for an hour, then grab coffee afterward to converse and build community. Academics embraced the practice, and the idea spread. Dr. Sioban O’Dwyer founded a virtual Shut Up & Write Tuesdays to provide the benefits of the traditional meetups for those who could not attend in-person.

The event has a basic structure: Two 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna.

Learn more about the SUWT team; read about tips for improving writing time; and find non-academic reads to inform practice at https://suwtuesdays.wordpress.com/

CONFERENCE

Misinformation in the Digital Age: A Research and Practice Workshop

9:00am-4:30pm Thursday, November 9 | The Commons

This workshop will bring together scholars and practitioners to examine consequences and possible responses to misinformation and fake news in democratic societies. How these issues affect underserved and digitally disadvantaged populations will be highlighted. The keynote speaker, Dr. Rob Faris, is research director at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and lead author of “Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.” Luther Lowe, Vice President of Public Policy at Yelp, will speak about fraudulent reviews online. The workshop will also feature panels representing companies, news media, scholars and public libraries working to address this issue. The event is open to the public at no charge.

GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Social Media and Branding Workshop

3:00-5:00pm Tuesday, November 14 | The Commons
Supported by the College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

Learn about best practices in setting up your LinkedIn, using twitter in a professional capacity to get your work out there and network with others in your area of interest, and branding tips. Light refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited, please register here: https://kucoga.blog/event/social-media-and-branding-workshop/.

GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Red Hot Graduate Research No. 4

4:00pm Friday, November 17 | 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.
Presenters:
Haifa Alhadyian, Molecular Biosciences, Model Organisms in Biomedical Research
Nicholas Feroce, Linguistics, Pronouns and Neurons
Javier Torres, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Herpetological Research in Cuba
Pegah Naemi, Psychology, Trumping the Facts
Anthony Boynton, English, Racism & Afrofuturism
Emcee:
Ramón Alvarado, Philosophy

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Rock Chalk Talks

4:30pm Tuesday, November 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

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 44: Community Interaction & Collaboration

4:00pm Friday, December 1 | 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

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

9:30-10:30am Tuesday, December 5 | The Commons
Supported by The College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers:
• committed, condensed time to write, and
• built-in feedback from peers

It began as a movement for writers in San Francisco to structure their time and connect with other writers. The idea was simple: write for an hour, then grab coffee afterward to converse and build community. Academics embraced the practice, and the idea spread. Dr. Sioban O’Dwyer founded a virtual Shut Up & Write Tuesdays to provide the benefits of the traditional meetups for those who could not attend in-person.

The event has a basic structure: Two 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna.

Learn more about the SUWT team; read about tips for improving writing time; and find non-academic reads to inform practice at https://suwtuesdays.wordpress.com/

GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Prof² Workshop: Grant Writing in Your Career

3:30-5:00pm Thursday, December 7 | The Commons
Supported by the College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

This event will feature a panel and Q&A session with faculty and grant professionals from area non-profits and institutions who will discuss the importance of grant writing and development from a career perspective.

Prof Squared is a workshop series held each semester with three workshops covering a different topic each semester. These workshops are designed to provide students with skills and knowledge that is applicable to careers both within and beyond academia.

Space is limited, please register here: https://kucoga.blog/event/prof2-3-grant-writing-in-your-career/.