About our Work
The Commons is a center for interdisciplinary inquiry across disciplines and ways of knowing.
The Commons brings together scholars and learners across disciplines to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue and research. Through programming, it builds public support for ongoing and future research at KU that spans disciplines and advances conversations. The Commons strives to ensure that all activity is broadly informed across diverse expertise and experience.
The Commons offers a range of forms for engagement, including but not limited to: exhibitions, performances, presentations, discussions, workshops, symposia, and signature events. Because of limited staffing, The Commons cannot accept requests to use the space as a venue. Instead, we invite you to start a dialogue with us to determine how we might best develop something together.
The Main Hall
The Weaver Courtyard
The Commons was established by three partner units at the University--the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum; the Hall Center for the Humanities, and the Spencer Museum of Art--to create a space on campus to address the grant challenges of the 21st century. It is a catalyst for unconventional thinking, interdisciplinary inquiry, and unexpected discoveries across disciplines at the university, inviting perspectives from across campus and beyond. The Commons is both a physical and intellectual space where people come together to establish common ground from which they may express and explore uncommon ideas for the common good. The Commons is a vibrant and active space that can serve many purposes, housed in Spooner Hall. The mission that drives it, however, can happen anywhere. To read more about earlier uses of Spooner Hall, visit the links below.