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GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Red Hot Graduate Research No. 3

4:00pm Friday, September 22 | 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. In this iteration, Red Hot Graduate Research will feature 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:
Sam Henkin, Geography & Atmospheric Science, Non-lethality in use of force
Sierra Watt, Political Science, Indigenous Feminism(s) & Tribal Governments
José Héctor Cadena, American Studies, Contesting Popular Films
Alyson Wilkins, Museum Studies, Art & Science in Museums
M. Polo Camacho, Philosophy, Dogma of Acquired Traits
Emcee:
Roseann Pluretti, Journalism and Mass Communications

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Rock Chalk Talks

4:30pm Tuesday, September 26 | The Commons
Presented by the Center for Undergraduate Research

Rock Chalk Talks is a monthly event for undergraduate students that will put a handful of undergraduate researchers in the spotlight for approximately 6 minutes while they each present their research and talk about certain topics of the month. Included in each event:
• Undergraduate researchers will present their work while focusing on a theme
• A competitive trivia game after each presentation on the research that was just shared
• Prizes for the winners of the trivia game
• A social hour with snacks and friends

DISCUSSION

Addressing Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths to Break Down Barriers

Amer F. Ahmed
12:00pm Wednesday, September 27 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs

This event will explore the impacts of Islamophobia in many different areas of not just higher education but society itself. Additionally, it will be a space for people that are interested in learning more about Islam and Islamophobia. It will be an event that will have folks from many interdisciplinary fields coming together.

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 42: Ecologies & Land

4:00pm Friday, September 29 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. 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 faculty members, 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, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.
Presenters:
Dan Hirmas, Geography & Atmospheric Science
Bob Hagen, Environmental Studies/Kansas Biological Survey
Sara Gregg, History/Environmental Studies
Sharon Billings, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology/Kansas Biological Survey
Jay Johnson, Geography & Atmospheric Science; Soren Larsen, Geography (U. of Missouri)
Emcee:
Joey Orr, Spencer Museum of Art

GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

9:30-10:30am Tuesday, October 3 | The Commons
Supported by The College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers:
• committed, condensed time to write, and
• built-in feedback from peers

It began as a movement for writers in San Francisco to structure their time and connect with other writers. The idea was simple: write for an hour, then grab coffee afterward to converse and build community. Academics embraced the practice, and the idea spread. Dr. Sioban O’Dwyer founded a virtual Shut Up & Write Tuesdays to provide the benefits of the traditional meetups for those who could not attend in-person.

The event has a basic structure: Two 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna.

Learn more about the SUWT team; read about tips for improving writing time; and find non-academic reads to inform practice at https://suwtuesdays.wordpress.com/

COFFEE @ THE COMMONS

Mapping the (Post)Human: Yuval Harari and the Next Dominant Species

Arnab Chakraborty, English
Ramón Alvarado, Philosophy
Jennifer Abercrombie Foster, Spanish & Portuguese
Discussion Moderator: Christina Lord, French & Italian
3:30pm Wednesday, October 11 | The Commons

Attendees should listen to Yuval Harari's conversation with Ezra Klein in preparation for this discussion. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-ezra-klein-show/e/49284945

Author of the international bestseller Sapiens (2014) and 2017 "sequel" Homo Deus, Israeli historian Yuval Harari presents arguments regarding the rise and potential fall of humanity. According to Harari, human dominance is due to widespread belief in fictions (religion, money, data). But what will the future hold as superintelligent computers evolve? What is the difference between intelligence and consciousness? Will humans evolve or become obsolete in the face of artificial intelligence? Join us for a discussion of Harari's mapping of the (post)human based on an interview between Harari and Vox's Ezra Klein.

LECTURE

Odes to a Dying People: Music and the Gendering of Racial Decline in Organized White Nationalism

Ben Teitelbaum, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Colorado-Boulder
3:30pm Thursday, October 12 | The Commons
Supported by the Center for Migration Research and the Institute for Policy & Social Research

Teitelbaum is an ethnographer of contemporary radical nationalism in Europe, a performer of Scandinavian folk music, and Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Brown University, and has also studied at Harvard University, the Stockholm Royal College of Music, Bethany College, and the Eric Sahlström Institute. As a musician, he specializes in Swedish folk music and Sweden’s unofficial national instrument, the nyckelharpa.

COFFEE @ THE COMMONS

Healing through Activism: Why It's Important and How To Do It

Sandra Kim, Founder and Executive Director, Everyday Feminism
10:00am Friday, October 20 | The Commons
Supported by the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, the KU Libraries, the Department of American Studies, the Department of African and African-American Studies, and The Commons

Kim will speak at 6:00pm on October 19 at Capitol Federal Hall about Compassionate Activism, a project of Everyday Feminism. Everyday Feminism's mission is to help people dismantle everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization through applied intersectional feminism and to create a world where self-determination and loving communities are social norms through compassionate activism.

For more information about Everyday Feminism and Sandra Kim's Compassionate Activism model, please visit: http://www.compassionateactivism.com/about/

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Rock Chalk Talks

4:30pm Tuesday, October 24 | The Commons
Presented by the Center for Undergraduate Research

Rock Chalk Talks is a monthly event for undergraduate students that will put a handful of undergraduate researchers in the spotlight for approximately 6 minutes while they each present their research and talk about certain topics of the month. Included in each event:
• Undergraduate researchers will present their work while focusing on a theme
• A competitive trivia game after each presentation on the research that was just shared
• Prizes for the winners of the trivia game
• A social hour with snacks and friends

GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Prof² Workshop: Grant Proposal Development Workshop

3:30-5:00pm Thursday, October 26 | The Commons
Supported by the College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

This hands-on workshop gives students the chance to work with successful grantees on common (and maybe unusual) questions around various proposal elements including narratives, budgets and budget justifications, and data management plans.

Prof Squared is a workshop series held each semester with three workshops covering a different topic each semester. These workshops are designed to provide students with skills and knowledge that is applicable to careers both within and beyond academia.

Space is limited, please register here: https://kucoga.blog/event/prof2-2-grant-proposal-development-workshop/.

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 43: Aging & Aging Populations

4:00pm Friday, October 27 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. 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 faculty members, 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, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.
Presenters:
Terry Koenig, Social Welfare
David Ekerdt, Sociology
Darlingtina Atakere, Social Psycholoy/Gerontology
Hui Cai, Architecture
Kristi Williams, School of Nursing
Emcee:
Tamara Baker, Psychology

LECTURE

Globalism in the Age of Trump

Or Rosenboim, Lecturer, Modern History, City University of London
7:30pm Thursday, November 2 | The Commons
Supported by the Hall Center for the Humanities

In current political debates, globalism attracts a great deal of interest. The omnipresent processes of globalization invite politicians and commentators to declare themselves in favor or against globalist ideologies. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, repeatedly attacked the idea of globalism to the extent that his followers now use “globalist” as a slur. Dr. Or Rosenboim will discuss the place of "globalism" in contemporary politics by exploring the emergence of this idea. Is globalism a pluralistic and democratic political project, or a conservative and reactionary creed? By recovering the fascinating history of globalism, Dr. Rosenboim will reveal the relations between globalism and the new tide of nationalism in US politics today.

Rosenboim is a Lecturer in Modern History at City University of London. She holds a BA (hons. Bologna) and MSt (Oxon) in History and PhD (Cantab) in Politics and International Studies. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the Lisa Smirl Prize (Cambridge) and the prestigious Prix Raymond Aron (EHESS, Paris). Prior to her current position, she held a research fellowship at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and was a visiting fellow at The University of Chicago, Sciences- Po Paris and LUISS, Rome. Dr. Rosenboim’s research focuses on the history of political thought and international relations, and she has published extensively on geopolitics, international thought, European integration and federalism.

GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

9:30-10:30am Tuesday, November 7 | The Commons
Supported by The College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers:
• committed, condensed time to write, and
• built-in feedback from peers

It began as a movement for writers in San Francisco to structure their time and connect with other writers. The idea was simple: write for an hour, then grab coffee afterward to converse and build community. Academics embraced the practice, and the idea spread. Dr. Sioban O’Dwyer founded a virtual Shut Up & Write Tuesdays to provide the benefits of the traditional meetups for those who could not attend in-person.

The event has a basic structure: Two 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna.

Learn more about the SUWT team; read about tips for improving writing time; and find non-academic reads to inform practice at https://suwtuesdays.wordpress.com/

CONFERENCE

Misinformation in the Digital Age: A Research and Practice Workshop

9:00am-4:30pm | The Commons

This workshop will bring together scholars and practitioners to examine consequences and possible responses to misinformation and fake news in democratic societies. How these issues affect underserved and digitally disadvantaged populations will be highlighted. The keynote speaker, Dr. Rob Faris, is research director at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and lead author of “Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.” Luther Lowe, Vice President of Public Policy at Yelp, will speak about fraudulent reviews online. The workshop will also feature panels representing companies, news media, scholars and public libraries working to address this issue. The event is open to the public at no charge.

GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Social Media and Branding Workshop

3:00-5:00pm Tuesday, November 14 | The Commons
Supported by the College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

Learn about best practices in setting up your LinkedIn, using twitter in a professional capacity to get your work out there and network with others in your area of interest, and branding tips. Light refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited, please register here: https://kucoga.blog/event/social-media-and-branding-workshop/.

GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Red Hot Graduate Research No. 4

4:00pm Friday, November 17 | 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. In this iteration, Red Hot Graduate Research will feature 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.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Rock Chalk Talks

4:30pm Tuesday, November 28 | The Commons
Presented by the Center for Undergraduate Research

Rock Chalk Talks is a monthly event for undergraduate students that will put a handful of undergraduate researchers in the spotlight for approximately 6 minutes while they each present their research and talk about certain topics of the month. Included in each event:
• Undergraduate researchers will present their work while focusing on a theme
• A competitive trivia game after each presentation on the research that was just shared
• Prizes for the winners of the trivia game
• A social hour with snacks and friends

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 44: Community Interaction & Collaboration

4:00pm Friday, December 1 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. 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 faculty members, 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, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

9:30-10:30am Tuesday, December 5 | The Commons
Supported by The College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers:
• committed, condensed time to write, and
• built-in feedback from peers

It began as a movement for writers in San Francisco to structure their time and connect with other writers. The idea was simple: write for an hour, then grab coffee afterward to converse and build community. Academics embraced the practice, and the idea spread. Dr. Sioban O’Dwyer founded a virtual Shut Up & Write Tuesdays to provide the benefits of the traditional meetups for those who could not attend in-person.

The event has a basic structure: Two 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna.

Learn more about the SUWT team; read about tips for improving writing time; and find non-academic reads to inform practice at https://suwtuesdays.wordpress.com/

GRADUATE STUDENT EVENT

Prof² Workshop: Grant Writing in Your Career

3:30-5:00pm Thursday, December 7 | The Commons
Supported by the College Office of Graduate Affairs and The Commons

This event will feature a panel and Q&A session with faculty and grant professionals from area non-profits and institutions who will discuss the importance of grant writing and development from a career perspective.

Prof Squared is a workshop series held each semester with three workshops covering a different topic each semester. These workshops are designed to provide students with skills and knowledge that is applicable to careers both within and beyond academia.

Space is limited, please register here: https://kucoga.blog/event/prof2-3-grant-writing-in-your-career/.