Event Archive

Care & Well-being, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:00pm Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Liberty Hall

Jonny Sun is the best-selling author and illustrator of “everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too” and the illustrator of “Gmorning, Gnight!” by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He is a writer for the sixth season of “BoJack Horseman,” and is writing a movie for 20th Century Fox. Tweeting as @jonnysun, he was named one of TIME Magazine's 25 Most Influential People on the Internet of 2017. As a doctoral candidate at MIT, he studies social media, virtual place, and online community. His latest art installation, The Laughing Room, was exhibited at MIT in 2018 and TED in 2019. Recently, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2019, and is a 2019 TED Talks speaker.

Jonny Sun's presentation will feature a talk and an on-stage interview with KU Associate Professor of Journalism, Yvonnes Chen, followed by a book-signing.

Tickets are free and available here: https://www.universe.com/events/kenneth-a-spencer-lecture-jonny-sun-tickets-lawrence-4WYC0J

Care & Well-being
12:00-1:00pm Wednesday, September 25, 2019 The Commons
Presented by The Commons and the Center for Compassionate and 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, 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 September 25, the event will feature an exploration of ways in which the Internet can be used to spread empathy, build communities, and increase care in the face of disaster, presented by Yiwen Wu, graduate student in the School of Public Affairs and Administration.

Light snacks provided.

Activity, Art Installation, Public Event
1:00-4:00pm Sunday, September 22, 2019 Spencer Museum of Art, Marvin Grove
Funding generously provided by Student Senate | University of Kansas, the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission, and Friends of the Art Museum

Get your grove on! Kick back with your friends and neighbors in the Spencer Museum's backyard, Marvin Grove, for an artful celebration of the autumnal equinox, the end of summer and start of fall. Explore nature, culture, and the character of our communities through performances, games, and hands-on activities by more than 20 partners and artists. This event is free and for everyone! Dogs are welcome, too, but must be on-leash.

Performances by African Drum Ensemble at KU (ADEKU), Bad Alaskan, BLACK Lawrence, KU Jazz Combo, and The Last Carnival. Artist installations by Nazanin Amiri and Juniper Tangpuz. Activities by City PlayCorps, The Commons, Friends of Lawrence Area Trails, Mary Kirkendoll of Eudora Yoga Center, KU Field Ecology students, KU Museum Education students, KU Natural History Museum, KU Print Club, KU Visual Art Education students, Lawrence Public Library, Monarch Watch, Natural Grocers, Anoosha Redd and Geeta Tiwari, Kenneth KU Libraries Spencer Research Library, Student Union Activities, and Watkins Museum of History.

Pack a picnic or purchase tacos from La Parilla food truck and snowcones from Air Summer Snow.

Graduate Student Event, Red Hot Research
4:00-5:30pm Friday, September 20, 2019 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. Red Hot Graduate Research features 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:
Margaret Brennan, Educational Psychology, Mental Health, Fraternity, Hypermasculinity
Camille Delavaux, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Plant Distribution, Microbes
Elise Higgins, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Abortion, Subversion, Scripts
Ember Krech, Bioengineering, Piezoelectric Biomaterial, Bone Healing Implants
Melinda Townsend, Physics and Astronomy, Galaxy Evolution, Galaxy Environments, Galaxy Formation
Moderator: Max Birdnow, Educational Psychology

 

 

 

Care & Well-being
12:00-1:00pm Wednesday, September 18, 2019 The Commons
Presented by The Commons and the Center for Compassionate and 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, 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 September 18, the discussion will center the importance of self-care, why it matters, and how it enables you to show up for yourself and for others, presented by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Light snacks provided.

Activity, Public Event, Reception
7:00-9:00pm Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Maceli's Banquet Hall
Presented by the Raven Book Store, the Lawrence Public Library, the Hall Center for the Humanities, eXplore Lawrence, the Spencer Museum of Art, the Lawrence Arts Center, Watkins Museum of History, Haskell Indian Nations University, Wonder Fair, and The Commons.

Join us to celebrate the launch of Paper Plains: A Literary Festival! Mark your calendars for the festival, April 23-26, 2020.

This event will feature: a live reveal of the first round of the Paper Plains lineup! Typewriter Olympics! A silent auction! Bookish Tarot! Head-to-head literary trivia! Button making! Free food! A cash bar! And lots of other fun ways to connect with community around the support of this new literary festival! 
 
Tickets can be purchased at The Raven Book Store (6 E. 7th St.) or at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paper-plains-launch-party-tickets-68807895267 
For more information, visit the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/738830123214941/
 

 

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.

Care & Well-being, Discussion
12:00-1:00pm Wednesday, September 11, 2019 The Commons

Presented by The Commons and the Center for Compassionate and 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, 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 September 11, the event will focus on grief and loss with attention to strategies and practices for healing, led by KU Counseling and Psychological Services.

Book Talk, Public Event
4:00-5:30pm Sunday, September 8, 2019 Lawrence Public Library

Presented by the Raven Book Store, Washburn University, the Lawrence Public Library, the KU Departments of American Studies and English, and The Commons

Ilya Kaminsky will read from his latest book, Deaf Republic. The Raven Book Store will have copies of his work for sale and a signing will follow his reading.

Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear—all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, Alfonso and Sonya, expecting a child; the brash Momma Galya, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theater; and Galya’s girls, heroically teaching signs by day and by night luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea—Ilya Kaminsky’s long-awaited Deaf Republicconfronts our time’s vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them. From greywolfpress.org.

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union in 1977, and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government.

Ilya is the author of Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press) and Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press). He has also co-edited and co-translated many other books, including Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) and Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (Alice James Books). His awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writer's Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, Lannan Foundation's Fellowship and the NEA Fellowship. His poems regularly appear in Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. He has also been awarded Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize. Dancing In Odessa was named the Best Book of the Year by Foreword magazine. Recently, he was on the short-list for Neustadt International Literature Prize. His poems have been translated over twenty languages, and his books have been published in many countries including Turkey, Holland, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize.

Red Hot Research
4:00-5:30pm Friday, September 6, 2019 The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars across 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. Red Hot Research is a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration at KU.

Presenters:
Hannah Park, Design/Center for Design Research, Mobile outreach, Mental Health, Mental Wellness, College Mental Health
Michael Riquino, Social Welfare, Self-harm, Youth, Mindfulness, Mental Health
Elaina Sutley, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, Disasters, Recovery, Vulnerability, Social Equity
Jason Raibley, Philosophy, Well-being, Happiness, Autonomy, Agency
Steve Ilardi, Psychology, Depression, Treatment, Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep, Connection

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