Through these events and initiatives, The Commons presents creative, scholarly, exploratory, and investigative ideas that highlight reciprocal ways of knowing. Through a nontraditional worldview, this series aims to combine forms of knowledge (traditional, scientific, technical, creative, visual, narrative, etc.) In this series, The Commons and collaborative partners will explore known and possible ways to understand the role humans play as individuals and as a species, challenge us to consider new and more perspectives, and listen for voices we are less attuned to hearing.
Questions for exploration include:
- What can we learn from nonhuman teachers?
- How do humans communicate urgency, and what role does fear play?
- How do humans listen to other species in a critical moment?
- Are there synchronicities shared across species, related to survival and adaptation?
- What is the role of social justice in climate justice?
- How might humans consider the teachings of previously extinguished ecosystems?
- What does decreasing biodiversity mean for humans and for other species?
- What can nonhuman species teach us about community?
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.
In an effort to be responsive to changing health/safety protocol, Red Hot Research will be held in the main space of The Commons, with limited seating. Refreshments will be provided after the presentations in the Weaver Courtyard, outside.
Steve Gurysh, Visual Art
Josephine Chandler, Molecular Biosciences
Liz Koziol, Kansas Biological Survey
Hannah Collins, Music
Emcee: Megan Kaminski, English