Events Calendar

All events are free and open to everyone unless otherwise noted. See individual listings for events that require registration.

December 29

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DIRECTOR’S HOLIDAY TOUR

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Every year, Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy spends an afternoon in the galleries welcoming visitors and leading informal tours to celebrate the holiday season. Tours are offered at 1:00PM and 2:30PM. Join us and make this Spencer Museum tradition your own.

February 05

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SAWYER SEMINAR MOYA BAILEY: MISOGYNOIR IN MEDICINE

5:30PM – 6:30PM
THE HALL CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES, CONFERENCE HALL; 900 SUNNYSIDE AVENUE, LAWRENCE, KS 66045

Moya Bailey (Northeastern University) is a scholar of critical race, feminist, and disability studies. Her work focuses on Black women’s use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion and is particularly interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. To learn more about KU’s Saywer Seminar visit chronicconditions.ku.edu.

Sponsored By: Hall Center for the Humanities, Kansas African Studies Center, Spencer Museum of Art

February 07

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RED HOT RESEARCH

4PM – 5:30PM
THE COMMONS, SPOONER HALL, 1340 JAYHAWK BLVD

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute presentations about current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one another during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

February 19

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SAWYER SEMINAR AMA DE-GRAFT AIKINS: CHRONICITY AND SYSTEMS OF CARE IN GHANAIAN COMMUNITIES IN EUROPE

5:30PM – 6:30PM
THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE—WICHITA, ROBERTS AMPHITHEATER; 1010 NORTH KANSAS STREET, WICHITA, KS 67214

Ama de-Graft Aikins (University College London) will discuss her research on “chronicity”—the complexity of addressing disease conditions that progress slowly, are of long duration, and cause debility—among Ghanaian communities living in London, Amsterdam, and Berlin. She will demonstrate the ways that place, migration history, and generational status intersect with chronic illness in these communities and the implications for long-term care. To learn more about KU’s Saywer Seminar visit chronicconditions.ku.edu.

Sponsored By: Hall Center for the Humanities, Kansas African Studies Center, Spencer Museum of Art

February 23

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SLOW ART SUNDAY

2PM – 3PM

Slow down at the Spencer on the last Sunday of each month and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff.

March 04

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SAWYER SEMINAR CHARLY EVON SIMPSON: RENDERING THE INVISIBLE, VISIBLE: WRITING ABOUT BLACK WOMEN’S BODIES

5:30PM – 6:30PM
THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS MEMORIAL UNION, MALOTT ROOM (LEVEL 6); 1301 JAYHAWK BOULEVARD, LAWRENCE, KS 66045

Playwright and teacher Charly Evon Simpson shares the ways that her work centers Black women's bodies and how Black bodies have been viewed and treated differently in medicine. She was recently named named the 2019–2020 recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award from the Vineyard Theatre, and is a co-recipient of the Dramatists Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award. To learn more about KU’s Saywer Seminar visit chronicconditions.ku.edu.

Sponsored By: Hall Center for the Humanities, Kansas African Studies Center, Spencer Museum of Art

March 12

Talk

SENIOR SESSION PAST PRESENCE

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, KEMPER FAMILY FOUNDATIONS BALCONY, 408

Sara Stepp, a PhD candidate in art history and curatorial intern at the Spencer Museum, offers insights into the ways that artists reckon with, reflect on, deconstruct, and reimagine history to make connections between the past and the present. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

March 16

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SAWYER SEMINAR DUANA FULLWILEY: THE FACES AND FACETS OF BELONGING: THE SEEN AND THE UNSEEN IN SCIENTIFIC VISIONS OF GENETIC HUMAN DIFFERENCE

5:30PM – 6:30PM
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS MEMORIAL UNION, ALDERSON AUDITORIUM (LEVEL 4), 1301 JAYHAWK BLVD, LAWRENCE, KS 66045

Duana Fullwiley (Stanford Univesrity) will present her research on the increasing intersections of social identities, health outcomes, and molecular genetics, exploring questions of privacy, informed consent, information ownership, and ethics. Fullwiley’s current work focuses on ancestry genetics and how scientists use this data to create new technologies for personalized medicine, genealogical ancestry tracing, and DNA forensics. To learn more about KU’s Saywer Seminar visit chronicconditions.ku.edu.

Sponsored By: Kansas African Studies Center, Spencer Museum of Art, Hall Center for the Humanities

March 20

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RED HOT GRADUATE RESEARCH

4PM – 5:30PM
THE COMMONS, SPOONER HALL, 1340 JAYHAWK BLVD

Red Hot Graduate Research brings together student scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute flash presentations about current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

March 26

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SENIOR SESSION PROVOCATIVE PERFORMANCES

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Spencer Curator Kris Ercums explores the dynamic role of performance in Roger Shimomura’s artistic practice. In addition to showing digital recordings of performances, Ercums will also discuss connections with painting, prints, theatrical props, and ephemera on display. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

March 27

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RED HOT GRADUATE RESEARCH

4PM – 5:30PM
THE COMMONS, SPOONER HALL, 1340 JAYHAWK BLVD

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute flash presentations about current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

March 29

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SLOW ART SUNDAY

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Slow down at the Spencer on the last Sunday of each month and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff.

April 01

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READ ACROSS LAWRENCE BRING YOUR OWN BOOK CLUB TOUR

6PM – 7:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Read this year’s Read Across Lawrence selection The Round House by Louise Erdrich, and join staff from the Lawrence Public Library and Spencer Museum to wander the galleries while discussing works of art that resonate with themes in the book. We will continue the conversation over complimentary refreshments. Can’t make it on this date? You can also BYOB Club (bring your own book club) to the Museum this spring for a guided tour inspired by the book and reserve a gathering space for further discussion. Call 785.864.0126 or email aduke@ku.edu to inquire.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

April 03

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RED HOT GRADUATE RESEARCH

4PM – 5:30PM
THE COMMONS, SPOONER HALL, 1340 JAYHAWK BLVD

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute flash presentations about current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

April 09

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SENIOR SESSION

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LARRY AND BARBARA MARSHALL FAMILY BALCONY, 404

Join Spencer Curator Kate Meyer to explore three different variations of John James Audubon’s iconic series The Birds of America exhibited in Audubon in the Anthropocene: Works by Matthew Day Jackson. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

April 10

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RED HOT GRADUATE RESEARCH

4PM – 5:30PM
THE COMMONS, SPOONER HALL, 1340 JAYHAWK BLVD

Red Hot Graduate Research brings together student scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute flash presentations about current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

April 16

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SAWYER SEMINAR THERÍ PICKENS: BLACK MADNESS :: MAD BLACKNESS

6PM – 7PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, AUDITORIUM, 707 VERMONT STREET, LAWRENCE, KS 66045

In this talk, Therí Alyce Pickens (Bates College) rethinks the relationship between Blackness and disability. Pickens shows how Black speculative and science fiction authors such as Octavia Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, and Tananarive Due craft new worlds that reimagine the intersection of Blackness and madness. Pickens will demonstrate how the theorizations of race and disability that emerge from these works challenge the paradigms of subjectivity that white supremacy and ableism enforce. To learn more about KU’s Saywer Seminar visit chronicconditions.ku.edu.

Sponsored By: Kansas African Studies Center, Spencer Museum of Art, Hall Center for the Humanities

April 29

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SAWYER SEMINAR MEDICALIZING BLACKNESS AND MEASURING MISCEGENATION: RACE-CROSSING STUDIES AND THE LEGACIES OF SLAVERY—RANA A. HOGARTH

5:30PM – 6:30PM
HALL CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES CONFERENCE HALL, 900 SUNNYSIDE AVE

Physicians who lived and practiced in American slave societies created a corpus of medical knowledge about blackness that was used to buttress white medical authority and professional expertise by treating blackness as peculiar—a deviation from the standard of whiteness. In this talk, Rana A. Hogarth (Assistant Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) examines medical knowledge about the so-called peculiarities of black people’s bodies produced during the era of slavery and its relationship to eugenic era studies of race crossing between blacks and whites. These early twentieth-century race crossing studies are known for harnessing Mendelian genetics to interpret and predict the physical attributes of mixed race offspring. They employed tests and tools designed to measure the skin color, fitness, and intelligence of mixed race people. An essential, but overlooked, component of this process was the indirect reliance on slavery era lore about the physical and mental capabilities of mixed race people’s bodies. Thus, this talk traces the genealogy of anti-black discourse that permeated these eugenic race crossing studies and the anxieties eugenicists faced over the “problem” of racial inter-mixture to the era slavery. This lecture is part of KU’s Sawyer Seminar; to learn more, visit: http://chronicconditions.ku.edu.

Sponsored By: Hall Center for the Humanities, Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas African Studies Center