About The Commons

Use Policy:

The Commons welcomes events that further its mission of integrating the sciences, arts, and humanities in the exploration of nature and culture. Commons activities and programs are intended to enhance research, education, and public understanding of natural and human conditions through bold, interdisciplinary inquiry. Use of The Commons spaces in Spooner Hall for such events is free of charge, and may include, but is not restricted to, lectures, symposia, workshops, multimedia presentations, performances, and exhibitions. Commons events can also occur in other spaces across the KU Campus.

To request the space for events that further the mission of The Commons, please complete the Request Form and submit it to Emily Ryan, Associate Director at

The Commons is not a venue for activities outside its mission. All such requests will be declined, barring exceptional circumstances.


Wireless internet is available throughout the space. Audio-visual features in the space include:

- Two high resolution projectors with accompanying screens
- DVD/VHS, document camera, auxiliary connection (great hall)
- Podium with laptop connection and microphone (great hall)
- Wireless microphones available for performances, panel discussions, audience participation, etc. (great hall and apse)
- 60” plasma screen with DVD player (apse)
- Distributed sound system throughout both rooms
- CD player and MP3 player connection (both rooms)


The facility can seat up to 200 for a formal lecture (210 chairs are available) and 100 for a formal dinner or performance. Tables and chairs for conferences, classes, small group meetings and similar events are also provided. In order to preserve the quality of the space only food catered by the Kansas Union or an approved catering service are allowed in The Commons.

The Commons is a partnership between the Biodiversity Institute, the Hall Center for the Humanities, and the Spencer Museum of Art.