Event Archive

Artist Talk, Care & Well-being, Dialogue
12:00-1:00pm Wednesday, November 20, 2019 The Commons
Presented by The Commons and the IPSR Center for Compassionate & Sustainable Communities, in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Development and Mentoring, Office of the Provost, the School of Social Welfare, Watkins Health Services, the College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the School of Public Affairs and Administration, the KU Public Management Center, the Office of Sexuality and Gender Diversity, the Department of Theatre & Dance, the KU Ombuds Office, the Spencer Museum of Art, and KU Counseling and Psychological Services.

Each Wednesday at noon at The Commons, the series will feature a different topic related to well-being and care and include a component of guided practice. The series aims to devote time to considering the ways we practice care as individuals, in communities, and as a campus, full of resources to broaden understanding. It will highlight a variety of aspects of well-being, with special attention to the expectations of higher education.

On November 20, the session explores Ceramics & Intersectionality. Using her own life experiences as a starting point, Ashlyn Pope discusses how she uses social and historical information to bring awareness to and acknowledgment of intersectionality through her artistic research and practice. This discussion will center the intersection of clay and healing. Led by Ashlyn Pope, 2019-2020 Ceramics Artist in Residence at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Light snacks provided.

Graduate Student Event
9:30-11:00am Tuesday, September 3, 2019, Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Tuesday, October 1, 2019, Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Tuesday, December 3, 2019 The Commons
Supported by the College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

Born out of an international movement, Shut Up & Write continues at KU as an opportunity for devoted writing time and community building. These sessions are offered for graduate students, and feature three 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Consultation for job documents is available at these sessions, as is an abundance of coffee.

Humans in a Changing Climate, Red Hot Research
4:00-5:30pm Friday, November 15, 2019 The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, to reveal overlaps and connections across areas of interesting and methodological approaches. 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 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, the University will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

Presenters:
Megan Kaminski, English, Plant Thinking, Poetics, Healing, Interdependence
Gina Westergard, Visual Art, Endangered Species, Grief, Memorial, Florida Panther
Amy Hansen, Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering, Wetlands, Agriculture, Nitrate, Water Quality
Bruce Lieberman, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology / Biodiversity Institute, Natural Selection, Adaptation, Survival
Gregory Cushman, History / Environmental Studies Program, Anthropocene, Great Acceleration, Colonialism

Emcee:
Kate Meyer, Spencer Museum of Art

Lecture, Public Event, Public Scholarship
12:00-1:30pm Friday, November 15, 2019 The Commons
Supported by the Center for Global & International Studies, the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the Departments of Political Science and Spanish & Portuguese, the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, the Kansas African Studies Center, and The Commons

KU alumnus, Carlos Centeno will share how his experiences as a Journalism undergrad and Global & International Studies graduate student helped lay the groundwork for his nearly decade-long career with the United Nations World Food Program and current position with MIT’s Solve initiative. Centeno's work with the U.N. World Food Program included disaster preparedness, humanitarian emergency operations, and community development. He has served in refugee camps, tribal areas, and migrant crisis settings in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. In 2019 Carlos joined MIT’s Solve to lead its economic prosperity initiative. This engages leading voices from academia, private/public sectors, and nonprofits to address challenges people face in accessing meaningful work, economic opportunities, and financial inclusion and equality.

Dialogue, Discussion
5:30-7:00pm Thursday, November 14, 2019 The Commons
Hosted by the KU Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, The Commons, and Lawrence Talks!

Charla de Merienda returns to The Commons with “Food Security in the Americas: A ‘Farm-to-World’ Conversation.” This Charla will bring together people across different disciplines to discuss food security and sustainable farming practices in Latin American and Latinx communities. This event will feature Carlos Centeno, a KU CGIS and CLACS alum, who is visiting KU to speak about Panamenian refugees and the Venezuelan food crisis. The conversation will consider many angles on the issue such as the impact of farming practices, community outreach, and public policy. The discussion will seek answers to the following questions: what constitutes food security and how do we attain it in Latin American communities? How does food security interact with other forms of security, such as economic security and personal safety in the making of just society?

Charla de Merienda is designed as a model of critical debate through dialogue between members of the academy and the public regarding recent research and current affairs in the Caribbean and Latin America. Moderated by Lawrence Talks! Editor-in-chief, David Tamez, each Charla brings people together in conversation to examine topics of Latin American and Caribbean national and local interest. Each discussion begins by examining facts on a given topic to establish common ground, followed by prepared remarks by guest speakers demonstrating different perspectives on the issue, and finally a moderated community discussion where the audience is encouraged to participate.

 

Care & Well-being, Discussion
1:30-3:00pm Thursday, November 14, 2019 The Commons
Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This event will feature an open conversation about event triggers and how that affects students in the classroom.

Public Scholarship
3:00-4:00pm Wednesday, November 13, 2019 The Commons
Supported by the Center for Compassionate and Sustainable Communities, the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the School of Public Affairs and Administration, and The Commons

This session will serve as an introduction to using Twitter as a tool to share scholarship. It will feature opportunities to engage with the platform for people who are new to Twitter, those who want to get better at it, and those who want to use it to network and connect with fellow researchers.

The panelists are local digital media researchers and experts in using Twitter to engage with the public and the science community.

  • Hyunjin Seo, KU School of Journalism
  • Yiwen Wu, School of Public Affairs & Administration
  • Mike Krings, KU Office of Public Affairs
  • Jen Humphrey, KU Life Span Institute
  • Anne Tangeman, KU Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
  • Rene Martin, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

You will receive expert advice and workshop your own tweets to #UpYourTwitterGame.

Activity, Care & Well-being, Discussion
12:00-1:00pm Wednesday, November 13, 2019 The Commons
Presented by The Commons and the IPSR Center for Compassionate & Sustainable Communities, in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Development and Mentoring, Office of the Provost, the School of Social Welfare, Watkins Health Services, the College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the School of Public Affairs and Administration, the KU Public Management Center, the Office of Sexuality and Gender Diversity, the Department of Theatre & Dance, the KU Ombuds Office, the Spencer Museum of Art, and KU Counseling and Psychological Services.

Each Wednesday at noon at The Commons, the series will feature a different topic related to well-being and care and include a component of guided practice. The series aims to devote time to considering the ways we practice care as individuals, in communities, and as a campus, full of resources to broaden understanding. It will highlight a variety of aspects of well-being, with special attention to the expectations of higher education.

On November 13, the session explores De-roling from Work. De-roling is a drama therapy technique to encourage work/life balance. Led by Jane Barnette, Associate Professor of Theatre & Dance at KU.

Light snacks provided.

Care & Well-being, Discussion
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 The Commons

This week, The Commons is busy with the a2ru National Conference. Take this opportunity to practice some of what we've explored this semester during the series. Or just take a break!

Graduate Student Event
9:30-11:00am Tuesday, September 3, 2019, Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Tuesday, October 1, 2019, Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Tuesday, December 3, 2019 The Commons
Supported by the College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

Born out of an international movement, Shut Up & Write continues at KU as an opportunity for devoted writing time and community building. These sessions are offered for graduate students, and feature three 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Consultation for job documents is available at these sessions, as is an abundance of coffee.

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