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2018-19 KU Common Book Events

The following are events related to Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work , 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.


Spring Events

KU Common Film, "Garden City"

Tuesday, April, 23, 2019
7 p.m.
Sound Stage, Summerfield Hall
 
“Garden City” is a forthcoming documentary film about immigration and our contemporary political moment. The film follows the lives people living in and around Garden City, Kansas, a thriving minority-majority town on the High Plains of Southwest Kansas. Through their stories we experience the striving and struggle to build lives, families and community in a time when the national narrative about who we are as a country is hotly debated.
 

Past Events

2018-2019 KU Academic Programs Panel Discussion

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall
 
Join Howard Graham, Cécile Accilien, Giselle Anatol, and Jen Humphrey as they provide information about this year's Common Book, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, and related events.

 


Exhibition: "In Conversation with the 2018-2019 Common Book"

On Display August 14 - September 9, 2018
Spencer Museum of Art
 
This installation in the museum’s Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning and will include the 2018–2019 KU Common Work of Art by Ulrick Jean-Pierre as well as other art from the museum’s collection that draws on themes from “Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work.” For more information about this exhibit visit the website here.
 

Common Book Discussion Groups

Sunday, August 19, 2018
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Various campus locations
 

All new students will meet with returning student leaders and faculty and staff member to discuss Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work These discussions are an important part of Hawk Week and will help students be best prepared for the academic year ahead.


An Evening with Edwidge Danticat

Thursday, September 6, 2018
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Lied Center

Author of Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, Edwidge Danticat, will be visiting campus to discuss their book and its selection as the KU Common Book for 2018-19. For additional questions please contact the Office of First-Year Experience at firstyear@ku.edu or by phone at (785) 864-4270.


Q&A with Edwidge Danticat, Author of the 2018-2019 KU Common Book, Create Dangerously​

Friday, September 7, 2018
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Spencer Museum of Art

Moderated by Cécile Accilien, Chair of African and African American Studies and Director of the Institute for Haitian Studies.The event is free and open to the public.


Migratory Mixer

Thursday, September 13, 2018
3-5 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art and KU Natural History Museum

KU students are invited to the Spencer Museum of Art and the KU Natural History Museum for this event offered in conjunction with the 2018 KU Common Book, Create Dangerously, by Edwidge Danticat. How are artists connected (or not) to a particular place? What are native and non-native species? Consider how artworks migrate across geographical and cultural spaces and take on new meanings. Species migrate or even evade a place, perhaps changing its ecology. Explore these ideas across both museums and their global collections. Refreshments provided.


Merienda Speaker Series, Unexpected Art: Haiti and the United States in the Art of Ulrick Jean-Pierre

September 20, 2018
2:30-3 p.m.
Bailey Hall, Room 318
 
Acting Chair of the African and African American Studies Department Cecile Acilien will host an interactive discussion on the new exhibit in the Spencer Museum of Art, "The Ties that Bind:Haiti, the United States, and the Art of Jean-Pierre in Comparative Perspective," exploring perceptions of the Caribbean and its often unexpected interactions with the U.S. a lunch of rice and beans will be provided. 
 

Gallery Lecture Series

September, 21, 2018
9:30-11 a.m.
Watson Library, 3rd Floor West
 
Marta Caminero-Santangelo & Tamara Falicov will present "Voices from Our Neighbors: Immigration Journeys to Lawrence." 

Create Dangerously from the Margins

October 3, 2018
6-7:30 PM
The Commons, Spooner Hall

This will be a conversation around the 2018 KU Common Book, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, by Edwidge Danticat. The conversation will center on the voices living in the margins. If you are in need of accommodations, please contact the Office of First-Year Experience at 785-864-4270 & firstyear@ku.edu.


Screening of “The Agronomist”

October 17, 2018
4-6 p.m.
Burge Union, Forum A
 
The film is about Haitian activist Jean Dominique, the focus of chapter 2 of Create Dangerously.  The film is 90 minutes and will be followed by brief comments and Q&A with Cécile Accilien, Giselle Anatol, and Tamra Falicov.

Art as Social History: Ulrick Jean-Pierre in conversation with co-curators Cécile Accilien and Casey Mesick Braun

October 17, 2018
10:30AM – 12PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Simons Gallery
 
New Orleans–based Haitian artist Ulrick Jean-Pierre is joined by co-curators of The Ties that Bind, Cassandra Mesick Braun and Cécile Accilien, for a discussion that addresses artmaking as social history. This discussion is presented in conjunction with the Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) Social Histories series. Ulrick Jean-Pierre is the fall 2018 IARI Creative Specialist.

The Unexpected Caribbean Symposium

October 18 - 20 2018
The University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Various venues around campus & Lawrence
 
The Association of Caribbean Women Writers & Scholars (ACWWS), partnering with KU’s Institute of Haitian Studies and Center of Latin American & Caribbean Studies, is planning a two-day interdisciplinary symposium and an educator workshop for regional teachers focusing on The Unexpected Caribbean. One of the keynote speakers will be Ulrick Jean-Pierre, a visual artist born in Haiti whose work explores the connections between the histories and cultures of Haiti and Louisiana. 
For more information about this event please visit the Unexpected Caribbean Symposium website.
 

Gallery Talk: Haiti, New Orleans, and the Ties that Bind

October 23, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art
 
Join artist Ulrick Jean-Pierre for a discussion of his work in the exhibition "The Ties that Bind" and how his identity as a Haitian immigrant shapes his artistic practice.

Co-sponsored by: KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of African and African-American Studies, Hall Center for the Humanities, Institute for Haitian Studies, Kress Foundation Department of Art History.
 

Gallery Talk: The Ties that Bind

October 28, 2018
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art
 
Delve into the ideas behind the exhibition "The Ties that Bind: Haiti, the United States, and the Art of Ulrick Jean-Pierre in Comparative Perspective" with co-curators Cassandra Mesick Braun and Cécile Accilien. Accilien served as the fall 2017 Integrated Arts Research Initiative faculty research fellow.

Let's Talk About Immigration

November 15, 2018
6-8 p.m.
The Jay, Kansas Union
 
Four experts will talk about their perspective and experience in the context of the current state of immigration. The conversation will explore governmental choices on reccent policies in Latin American communities. The panelists include a director, two professors, and an attorney.

Priya Kambli-Artist Talk, Hallmark Lecture Series

November 29, 2018
6:00 p.m.
110, Budig Hall
 
Priya Kambli was born in India and moved to the United States at age 18 carrying her entire life in one suitcase. Her artistic career is informed by her experience as a migrant. Her work focuses on living in two cultures, memory, family, and identity. 

Coffee at the Commons with Priya Kambli

November 30, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Spooner Hall, The Commons
 
Priya Kambli was born in India and moved to the United States at age 18 carrying her entire life in one suitcase. Her artistic career is informed by her experience as a migrant. Her work focuses on living in two cultures, memory, family, and identity. 

KU Libraries Display

Fall Semester
Anschutz Library, Main Floor
 
The display includes similar works to Create Dangerously with additional resources. Feel free to reach out to the Library if you have other titles you would like to see included.

The Ties that Bind: Haiti, the United States, and the Art of Ulrick Jean-Pierre in Comparative Perspective

September 6, 2018 - January 7, 2019
Spencer Art Museum
Dolph Simons Family Gallery & The Estelle S. & Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation Gallery
 
Hours:
Monday - Closed
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday - 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday - 10:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday - Noon - 4:00 p.m.
 
This exhibition reveals the deep historical connections between Haiti and the Unites States through the lens of 20th-century Haitian ar. Visit the Spencer Art Museum to continue the conversation of the 2018-19 KU Common Book Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. The exhibit will be up until January 7, 2019.
 
For more information about this event please click here

Documented: Perspectives on Migration and Creation

On Display September 4, 2018-January 11, 2019
Haricombe Gallery, Watson Library 
 
"Documented: Perspectives on Migration and Creation" is a showcase of programs, initiatives, art, and scholarship that explores the intersections between migration, immigration, and creative identity.

For more information click here


Jose Antonia Vargas, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture

January 24, 2019
7:00 p.m. 
Liberty Hall
 
Award-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas will deliver the Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture for The Commons at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Liberty Hall. Vargas’ presentation will focus on his work with undocumented immigrants in the United States featured in his recent book, “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen” (HarperCollins, 2018).
Tickets are free but required, and they may be obtained via thecommons.ku.edu or Liberty Hall. The event is open to the public. Books will be available for sale on site by the Raven Bookstore.
Anyone needing special accommodations may contact The Commons staff for assistance.

Spring KU Common Book Conversation

January, 29, 2019
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art
 
Join us for a conversation surrounding Create Dangerously by Edwidge Danticat as we explore the topics of Haiti and immigration.

Student Event: 'Brown Girls' Screening

January 29-January 31, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall
 
Supported by The Commons, The Raven Book Store, the Office of First-Year Experience, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, the Office of Research, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the Office of the Provost

'Brown Girls' is a web series, which focuses on the lives and friendship of Leila and Patricia, two young women of color who come from vastly different backgrounds. Viewers are introduced to a cadre of characters as the friends traverse the city of Chicago in pursuit of their life goals.

The show is written by Fatimah Asghar, a nationally touring poet, performer, educator, and writer, whose work has been featured in many journals and multiple news outlets. She will read from her most recent collection of poems, 'If They Come For Us' (One World/Random House in August 2018) at Liberty Hall on February 5th, with Safia Elhillo, her co-editor of the forthcoming anthology 'Halal If You Hear Me' (Haymarket Books, 2019). 'Brown Girls' is directed and produced by Sam Bailey.

This series of screenings is offered for students and hosted by students. Each day will feature different episodes of the series. Students are invited to attend one, two, or all three screening events.

Reading & Book Signing

Fatimah Asghar, If They Come For Us
Safia Elhillo, Halal If You Hear Me

February 5, 2019
7:00 p.m. 
Liberty Hall
 
Supported by The Commons, The Raven Bookstore, and the Office of First-Year Experience Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, performer, educator, and writer. Her work has appeared in POETRY Magazine, BuzzFeed Reader, Academy of American Poets and other publications. Her work has been featured on news outlets including PBS, NBC, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and others. In 2011, she created REFLEKS, a Spoken Word Poetry group in Bosnia and Herzegovina while on a Fulbright Scholarship studying theater in post-genocidal countries. She is a member of the Dark Noise collective and a Kundiman Fellow. Her chapbook After was released on Yes Yes Books fall 2015. She is the writer of Brown Girls, an Emmy-nominated web series that highlights a friendship between women of color. In 2017 she was the recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Her debut collection of poems If They Come For Us was released via One World/Random House in August 2018. With Safia Elhillo, she is co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019).
Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017) and holds an MFA in poetry from the New School. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and recipient of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation, and Crescendo Literary and The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator. Safia’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, Callaloo, and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day series, among others, and in anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism. Her work has been translated into Arabic, Japanese, Estonian, and Greek, and has been commissioned by Under Armour and the Bavarian State Ballet. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019). Safia is of Sudanese origin and lives in Washington, DC.
Need a ride to and from the event? We've got you covered--a "private shuttle" bus will loop starting at 6 PM from the residence halls and drop off at Liberty Hall. The bus will pick up starting at Oliver/Naismith to Daisy Hill, KS Union, GSP/Corbin, and drop off at Liberty Hall. Buses will use the same route to return students to residence halls at the end of the event.

Creating Dangerously: A Panel Discussion with Creative Artists

March 6, 2019
4-5:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art 
 

A panel of faculty and students in the creative arts will discuss their work within the context of the 2018-2019 KU Common Book, Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work.


KU Common Book in Context: Herpetology in Haiti with Rich Glor

March 26, 2019
7-9 p.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall 
 
Exploring a pristine stream under a canopy of enormous trees, scientists discovered one of the world’s most spectacular lizards — a spindly-legged species found only on and around waterfalls. Thirty years hence, the stream is dry, the trees are gone, and the fate of the lizards is unknown. In this event, we will share first-hand experiences studying this species and other reptiles found only in Haiti.

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