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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

Fall Events

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 or by phone at (785) 864-4270.

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
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.

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.


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.

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