The KU Biodiversity Institute is a research center with a worldwide collection of more than 8 million plants and animals that document the life of the planet, past and present, and 1.2 million archeological artifacts that document the past cultures of the Great Plains. Research and collections at the Biodiversity Institute encompass birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, mammals, plants, sea anemones, parasites, insects, and fossil plants and animals.
More than 120 scientists and graduate students in the institute study the species, ecosystems and cultures of the planet to understand the history, composition, geography and evolution of life. They use this information to model and forecast environmental phenomena that are critical to human well-being, including threatened and endangered species, the potential spread of diseases and pest species, and the effect of climate change on Earth’s biodiversity and habitats.
The Hall Center's primary mission is to stimulate and support research in the humanities, arts and social sciences, especially of an interdisciplinary kind, at the University of Kansas. The Center brings together faculty and graduate students with common interests from various disciplines to enable them to build on each others' ideas and to share their knowledge within the university and with the wider community.
The Center's collateral mission is to sponsor special programs that engage the university and the wider community in dialogue on issues that bring the humanities to bear on the quality of life for all citizens. It creates events on and beyond campus that seek to understand our past, present and future, our values and identities and the essential issues we face as individuals and communities.
The Spencer Museum of Art explores the capacity of art to spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and create connections among people. The Museum, located on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, houses an internationally-known collection that is deep and diverse, currently numbering more than 40,000 artworks and artifacts in all media.
The collection spans the history of European and American art from ancient to contemporary, and includes broad and significant holdings of East Asian art. Areas of special strength include medieval art; European and American paintings, sculpture and prints; photography; Japanese Edo-period painting and prints; 20th-century Chinese painting; and KU’s ethnographic collection, which includes about 10,000 Native American, African, Latin American and Australian works.
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is home to more than 50 departments, programs and centers, offering more than 100 majors, minors and certificates. It is a collaborative and creative community, committed to making the world better through inquiry and research.
The Commons offers opportunities to develop collaborations across campus for faculty and students. The Office of the Provost supports the annual Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture, which is given by a significant figure in their chosen field, on a national or international scale.