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Past Events

Monday, August 29, 2016
Digital Humanities Seminar: Global Medical Humanities and the Horizons of Digital Health Innovation
Kathryn Rhine (Anthropology)     
Hall Center Seminar Room 1, 3:30-5:00 PM
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities
Open to faculty, graduate students, and staff only.

Monday, August 29, 2016
Colonialism Seminar - Roundtable Discussion  
Hall Center Seminar Room, 3:30-5:00 PM
Roundtable discussion on colonialism, postcolonialism, and neocolonialism in Latin America and the Caribbean moderated by Stephanie Fitzgerald (English & Indigenous Studies) and featuring Santa Arias (Spanish & Port. and CLACS), Robert Schwaller (History), and Cecile Accilien (AAAS).
Open to faculty, graduate students, and staff only.

Monday, August 29, 2016
Interactive Theater Troupe Auditions
Inge Theatre, Murphy Hall, 5:30-6:30 PM or 6:30-7:30 PM
The KU Interactive Theatre Troupe (ITT) is a group of actors, writers and directors dedicated to using improvisational theatre and performance to inspire social change. This is a great opportunity for students all over campus to receive in-depth training in improvisational theatre and to become agents of social change in and around our campus.  Auditions are open to all students.  ITT is directed by KASC affiliate and Associate Professor of Theatre Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley.  Email questions to Blair Lawrence Yates at

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Second Annual Convocation of the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (SLLC)
Kansas Union Ballroom, 3:00-6:00 PM
The 2016 Convocation will not only mark the first anniversary of the school, but celebrate the conclusion of the first year. The 2nd annual Convocation will commemorate achievements and take a look at the goals and challenges ahead. Featured speakers include SLLC Director Marc Greenberg, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Dean Carl Lejuez, as well as special guests Jowel Laguerre and Clinton Robinson.  
RSVP required:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Study Abroad Fair
4th Floor of the Kansas Union, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Here is an excellent chance to learn about numerous study abroad options in a casual setting. Drop by and check it out! Talk to returned study abroad students, program coordinators, faculty members, and non-KU provider programs. They will also have info regarding scholarships and financial aid. Can’t make the fair? Come visit the peer advisors in the Info Center (105 Lippincott) for walk-in advising anytime from 9-5, Monday through Friday.

Friday, September 16, 2016
Coffee @ The Commons: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "We Should All Be Feminists" in Context
Charlesia McKinney, English + Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Chris Martin, Theatre; Jameelah Jones, African and African-American Studies
The Commons, 10:00 AM
Inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay “We Should All Be Feminists,” this event will begin with an introduction by three graduate students whose research connects to Adichie’s work from different disciplinary perspectives. Charlesia McKinney, Chris Martin, and Jameelah Jones will share contributions from their research on related themes. After these contextual prompts, the audience is charged with carrying the conversation. Topics will include: intersectionality and construction of identity; how this work relates to contemporary literature; and more.
The first 20 audience members will receive a copy of the essay in advance of the event. Please note that this event requires prior familiarity with the essay, the presentation of which can also be viewed here: required to

Monday, September 19, 2016 
Coffee with a Diplomat
The Jay/Spare Room, Kansas Union (1st floor), 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Grab a cup of coffee and chat with Joan Hutfles, a diplomat with 17 years of experience! Learn about career opportunities with the US Department of State during this informal session. For all majors! Complimentary coffee will be provided. Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, European Studies Program, Jayhawks Without Borders Student Club, Kansas African Studies Center, KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, KU’s University Career Center, and the Middle East Studies Program. Earn credit for GAP.

Monday, September 19, 2016
Opportunities with the US Department of State: Internships and Consular Fellows Program
Centennial Room, Kansas Union (6th floor), 2:00-3:00 PM
Joan Hutfles will share information and answer your questions about internships and the Consular Fellows Program. The US Department of State offers opportunities for diverse, culturally-aware, adaptable and strategic problem-solvers interested in learning about US foreign policy and diplomacy. Participation in these programs will enable you to acquire lifelong skills and position you for a public service career. For all majors! Some internship deadlines are coming up in October so this session is very timely. Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, European Studies Program, Jayhawks Without Borders Student Club, Kansas African Studies Center, KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, KU’s University Career Center, and the Middle East Studies Program. Earn credit for GAP.​Monday,

September 19, 2016
Diverse Dialogues on Race and Culture: Welcome to Shelbyville film screening and discussion
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 7:00 PM
A small town in the heart of America’s Bible Belt grapples with rapidly changing demographics in this documentary. Longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees. As the newcomers - mostly of Muslim faith - attempt to make new lives for themselves and their children, leaders in this deeply religious community attempt to guide their congregations through this period of unprecedented change. This screening is in conjunction with KASC's ongoing NEH-funded project on Migration Stories.  
Co-sponsors: KASC, CLACS, Langston Hughes Center, Lawrence Public Library

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 
SUA International Night: Egypt
The Jay/Spare Room, Kansas Union (1st Floor), 6:00-8:00 PM
Learn about other cultures with our famous International Nights. September's International Nights features Egypt. Come eat food, see cultural presentations and immerse yourself in another culture. SUA’s International Nights feature different cultures with the goal of increasing international awareness and diversity among KU students. Organized by Student Union Activities.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Faculty Book Talk: Akiko Takeyama and Kathryn A. Rhine
Jayhawk Ink lounge in the KU Bookstore, Kansas Union level 2,4:30-6:00 PM
Two University of Kansas Department of Anthropology faculty members will discuss their recently-published books in a talk at the Jayhawk Ink lounge in the KU Bookstore at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22. Associate Professor Kathryn A. Rhine's book "Unseen Things: Women, Secrecy, and HIV in Northern Nigeria," was released by Indiana University Press in April, 2016. Associate Professor Akiko Takeyama's book "Staged Seduction: Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club" was published by Stanford University Press in March, 2016. Both titles are based on extensive fieldwork and address issues of secret negotiation about stigma, exercise of agency, and global economy and public health. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Jayhawk Ink, and is open to the public.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
INSIGHT Art Talk: Tanya Hartman
Lawrence Arts Center, 7:00-8:00 PM
Tanya Hartman teaches painting and drawing at the University of Kansas where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Art. She is a KASC affiliate and a partner on the Migration Stories project.  Her work is currently on display at the Lawrence Arts Center as a part of the KU Department of Visual Art's annual Faculty Exhibition. 

Monday, September 26, 2016
African Studies Council Meeting
Bailey 318, 3:30 PM
Join KASC and the KU Africanist community to celebrate the beginning of the academic year. The African Studies Council is an inclusive group made up of all faculty, staff, and students with a strong interest in African Studies. Elections will be held for open positions on the Executive Committee, the Center’s Advisory Board. Please send faculty and graduate student nominations for the Executive Committee to  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
SUA International Film Festival: Timbuktu
The Jay, Kansas Union (1st Floor), 7:00-9:00 PM
Introduced by KASC Director Dr. Liz MacGonagle.  From Director Abderrahmane Sissako, this 2014 release was an Academy Award nominee for best foreign film.  From the official description: Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family had been spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu, but when their destiny changes abruptly, Kidane must face the new laws of the foreign occupants.

Thursday, September 29, 2016
KU Common Book Event: An Evening with Jabari Assim
Budig Hall, Room 130, 5:00-6:00 PM
Jabari Asim is a writer, professor, and 2009 Guggenheim fellow, Asim is editor-in-chief of The Crisis, the NAACP's journal of politics and culture. He is author of The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't. and Why. Asim will discuss diversity and equity in American life. This event will be moderated by Professor Clarence Lang. Event includes a 30 minute question and answer session and book signing after the talk. Co-sponsored by Department of African & African-American Studies, Department of American Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Langston Hughes Center.

Friday, September 30, 2016
Honors Program Undergraduate Research Seminar - Claire Branstetter
Hall Center Seminar Room, 12:00-1:30 PM
Undergraduate student Claire Branstetter (Economics, Political Science, Global and International Studies) will speak on "Effectiveness of Gender Quotas in Africa." Interested undergraduate students are welcome to attend. Lunch is provided, but RSVP is required at least one week in advance to

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Dismantling the Silos: New Ways of Thinking About Cultural Diversity
Barbara Rodriguez, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico
Price Auditorium, Price Computing Center, 5:15-6:15 PM
In our interconnected world, it is ethically and practically crucial to develop an awareness and understanding of cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic differences. The aim of this presentation is to describe a multidimensional framework for considering these differences in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Previous approaches to multiculturalism led to reified group distinctions that resulted in broad characterizations of individuals from different communities and perpetuated stereotypes. In contrast, new ways of thinking about diversity integrate elements of cultural humility, Geert Hofstede’s cultural dimensions, privilege and microaggressions, poverty, and cultural change. Examples from clinical practice and research studies will be presented to illustrate the multidimensional framework’s integration of diverse worldviews and cultural frames of reference. Hosted by the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing as the first annual Betty H. Bunce Multicultural Lecture.


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