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Haunting Humanities

After a successful first year with more than 600 audience members in attendance, the Hall Center for the Humanities is once again partnering with University of Kansas humanities faculty, regional humanities scholars, and Lawrence non-profits to present an evening of haunting humanities scholarship. This year, Haunting Humanities will take place on October 23rd, 2019 at Abe & Jake’s Landing (8 East 6th Street) from 5:30-9:00 p.m. and will be bigger and better than ever! Click HERE for more details and information on how to submit a proposal.

With federal and state funding for humanities scholarship increasingly under threat and the value of higher education decreasing in the public eye, we aim to engage our entire community in the diverse perspectives and valuable insights that the humanities can bring to a variety of pressing issues. What are the social questions that keep you awake at night with dread? And how can the humanities combat these fears? What humanities related topics and themes would you like to share in a “haunted house” atmosphere or explore in a spooky environment? In a thought-provoking and celebratory atmosphere, this event helps audiences make connections between the work humanities faculty are doing across the region and the social and cultural questions the Kansas community faces every day.

Humanities In the Wild

The Hall Center for the Humanities and the Public Humanities Roundtable at the University of Kansas are partnering with Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop to present “Humanities in the Wild,” a monthly evening of humanities presentations, puzzles, games, demos, and more, as part of the Final Fridays art walk in downtown Lawrence.The name “Humanities in the Wild” is intended to resonate with the “wilderness” demographic of Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop. It is also intended to signal an expansive, even wild, definition of the humanities. Click HERE more details and information on how to submit a proposal.

This program aims to share how humanities scholars are grappling with a wide array of questions related to the great outdoors. From the politics of climate change to the history of conservation, from the American culture of recreation and leisure to canonical narratives of wilderness adventure, the humanities provide insights into how and why our relationship to the outdoors has changed over the years. The humanities also provide resources with which to reflect on the ways our relationships with the outdoorswill continue to evolve well into the future.

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