Humans in a More than Human World

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?

Humans in a More Than Human World, Red Hot Research
4:00-5:30pm Friday, November 12, 2021 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. 

COVID Modifications:
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.

Presenters:
Steve Gurysh, Visual Art
Josephine Chandler, Molecular Biosciences
Liz Koziol, Kansas Biological Survey
Hannah Collins, Music

Emcee: Megan Kaminski, English

Of interest to:
Faculty, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff

Past Events

Book Talk, Care & Well-being, Humans in a More Than Human World, Public Event
5:30-7:00pm Wednesday, October 6, 2021 The Commons
Care & Well-being, Coffee @ The Commons, Discussion, Humans in a More Than Human World, Student Event
3:00-4:00pm Wednesday, October 6, 2021 The Commons
Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue, Humans in a More Than Human World, Student Event
2:00-3:00pm CT Tuesday, September 21, 2021 The Commons
Amitav Ghosh
Activity, Care & Well-being, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, Humans in a More Than Human World
11:00am-12:00pm CT Thursday, April 22, 2021 Online
Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Humans in a More Than Human World
12:30-1:30pm CT Wednesday, April 14, 2021 Online
Heather McTeer Toney, Climate Justice Liaison, Environmental Defense Fund
Discussion, Humans in a More Than Human World
12:00-1:00pm CDT Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Online
Humans in a More Than Human World, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture, Lecture, Public Event
7:00pm CDT Thursday, April 1, 2021 Online
Restoration and Reciprocity: Healing Relationships with the Natural World
Artist Talk, Faculty Event, Humans in a More Than Human World, Student Event, Visiting Scholar
12:30-1:30pm CT Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Online
Favianna Rodriguez, in Conversation with Imani Wadud
Care & Well-being, Discussion, Faculty Event, Graduate Student Event, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, Humans in a More Than Human World, Undergraduate Student Event
1:00-2:00 CST Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Online
Activity, Care & Well-being, Discussion, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, Humans in a More Than Human World
2:00-3:00pm CST Thursday, November 19, 2020 Online

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