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2015-2016 Lecture Series:

Speakers selected for their contributions to the fall Haricombe Gallery exhibition, Eastern Front 1914-1917: An exploration of the conflict, have been announced by the KU Libraries. The Gallery Lecture Series highlights the breadth of interdisciplinary research and creative work found on the range of topics showcased each semester in the Haricombe Gallery. The Spring 2016 series features two eminent KU scholars:

Nathan Wood, Associate Professor, Department of History

Monday, April 11 | 2:00-3:30 p.m. | Watson 3 West

Understanding Life and Death on the Eastern Front: A personal and historical journey

Nathan Woodwill discuss how, like many Americans, his original conception of the Great War was formed largely by the concept of trench warfare and stalemate on the Western Front. In graduate school, he read the memoir of the Polish village mayor Jan Slomka and was astonished by the effects of the mobile front on Slomka and his village. Other books, evidence from the archives, and experience in the terrain of the war have further altered his conception of life and death on the Eastern Front. It was in many respects, a tragic forerunner for the kinds of ethnic and civilian violence that we associate with the Second World War in the same territory, despite the fact that the latter war completely overshadows it in terms of public memory and commemoration. Join us as Professor Wood shares some lessons from his journey of discovery.

 

Colin Roust, Assistant Professor, School of Music

Thursday, April 21 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. | Watson 3 West

World War I as Artistic Crucible: The Early Music of Georges Auric (1899–1983)

Colin Roust, Professor of Music in the School of Music, will discuss portions of his forthcoming book, The Music and Politics of Georges Auric. This talk  focuses on how Auric’s experience of World War I shaped his political attitudes and artistic aesthetic from his wartime works to the film scores that he composed for Jean Cocteau’s Le sang d’un poète and René Clair’s A nous, la liberté! The talk will also include a performance of Auric’s Huit poèmes de Jean Cocteau, given by KU School of Music graduate students Amelia Lawson and Neal Long.


The lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Speakers selected for their contributions to the fall Haricombe Gallery exhibition, KU 150: Celebrating 150 years of leadership, scholarship and tradition at the University of Kansas, have been announced by the KU Libraries. The Gallery Lecture Series highlights the breadth of interdisciplinary research and creative work found on the range of topics showcased each semester in the Haricombe Gallery. The fall 2015 series features two eminent KU scholars:

Beth Bailey, Foundation Distinguished Professor, Department of History

Wednesday, October 7 | 3:30-5:00 p.m. | Watson 3 West

Finding "Sex in the Heartland"

Beth Bailey, Foundation Distinguished Professor for the Department of History, will discuss her research on 20th century sexuality and answer questions such as these: the story of Lawrence’s sexual revolution may be intrinsically interesting to those of us who live here—but why should anyone else care? Why write about a small college town in the middle of the country? And how does one “find” sex?

 

Michelle Heffner Hayes, Professor, Department of Dance

Thursday, November 12 | 3:30-5:00 p.m. | Watson 3 West

Flamenco on the Global Stage: Historical, Critical and Theoretical Perspectives

Michelle Heffner Hayes, professor in the Deptartment of Dance, will discuss her new book of essays on flamenco scholarship contributed by internationally known flamenco historians, critics, and cultural theorists who have illuminated some of the dark corners in flamenco’s history and address some of the stereotypes that exist in flamenco studies.


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