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2017-18 KU Common Book Events

The following are events related to Citizen: An American Lyric, or one of its many themes. Please return to this page to see more events as they are created. If you have an event to add, please email commonbook@ku.edu.


Fall Events  

Engaging "Citizen" from the Margins

Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall
 
At this event, attendees will listen to a roundtable of diverse KU staff, faculty, and students discuss the KU Common Book 2017-18 Citizen: An American Lyric. This event will be sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, The Commons and the Office of First-Year Experience.
 
 

Achievement & Assessment Institute's (AAI's) KU Common Book Event

Thursday, November 16, 2017
4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
The Spencer Museum of Art
 
The event will begin with four "Citizens Speak" presentations followed by time for questions and answers with the presenters. Next, we’ll use a workbook to lead small group discussions around the book’s themes and create a personal action plan. The event will conclude with a networking reception so participants may continue conversations.
Citizen Speakers:
 
  • Jameelah Jones - Academic Advisor, TRIO McNair Scholars Program, the Achievement & Assessment Institute
  • Cecile Accilien - Associate Professor and Director of the Institute of Haitian Studies, AAAS
  • Giselle Anatol - Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English
  • Kate Meyer - Curator, Spencer Museum of Art
 
Please RSVP for this event via https://aaikucb.eventbrite.com
 
 
 

Past Events

Dr. Siobhan Scarry's Visit

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Various Times
The Commons, Spooner Hall

Dr. Siobhan Scarry, professor of English at Bethel College, will be on campus Tuesday, August 15th to facilitate two workshops for instructors who plan to use the book. Professor Scarry has written nationally on the topic of teaching Citizen. her article "Pure Conduit: The Superconductive Powers of Rankine's 'You'" appeared in the Southern Humanities Review (June 2016). These workshops will take place in The Commons, Spooner Hall.

  • Workshop I   2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Workshop II   4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
If you are interested in attending one of the sessions on Tuesday, August 15th please email us at firstyear@ku.edu.
 
 

Common Book Discussion Groups

Sunday, August 20, 2017
1 - 2:30 p.m.
Various campus locations
All new students will meet with returning student leaders and faculty and staff members to discuss "Citizen: An American Lyric", KU's Common Book for 2017-18. These discussions are an important part of Hawk Week and will help students be best prepared for the academic year ahead. 
 
 

An Evening with Claudia Rankine

Thursday, September 7, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Lied Center
 
Author of "Citizen: An American Lyric", Claudia Rankine, will be visiting campus to discuss her book and its selection as the KU Common Book for 2017-18. Buses will circulate campus the night of the event. They will run from 6-9:30 pm and stop at the following locations approximately every 8-10 minutes -

GSP
Kansas Union
Oliver/Downs
Daisy Hill
Lied Center
 
For additional questions please contact the Office of First-Year Experience at firstyear@ku.edu or by phone at (785) 864-4270.
 
 

More Q&A with Claudia Rankine

Friday, September 8, 2017
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union
 
Following "An Evening with Claudia Rankine" the author will be back on campus the next morning for another Q&A session on her book, "Citizen: An American Lyric".
 
 

Exhibition: "In Conversation with the 2017-2018 Common Book"

On Display Until September 10, 2017
Spencer Museum of Art
 
This installation in the museum’s Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning includes the 2017–2018 KU Common Work of Art, "Magenta Colored Girl", as well as a Memorial Wall and other art from the museum’s collection that draws on themes from “Citizen: An American Lyric.” For more information about this exhibit visit the website here.
 
 

Global Film Festival "Whose Streets?"

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium
 
As a part of the Global Film Festival, the Spencer Museum of Art will be hosting a screening of "Whose Streets?". This film focuses on the events that followed the killing of 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. This event is co-sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art, the Department of Film & Media Studies, and the Office of First-Year Experience.

 


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