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Libraries Lecture Series opens spring semester with visual culture researcher

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The University of Kansas Libraries have announced the spring speakers for the Libraries Lecture Series. The semi-annual series highlights the breadth of interdisciplinary research and creative work found on an expansive range of topics across campus.

The spring series will commence on Tuesday, February 24 featuring Daniel Coburn, assistant professor in the KU Department of Design. Coburn’s field of work includes a process wherein he makes photographs and conducts research on popular visual culture to investigate the family photo album employed as one component of a visual infrastructure that supports the flawed ideology of the American Dream.

The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. on the third floor of Watson Library. The lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

Sarah Goodwin Thiel, KU Libraries’ head of community engagement and exhibits program coordinator, explained that the lecture series contributes to the campus culture of engaged scholarship and highlights the use of the libraries’ vast collections in internationally recognized research conducted by the KU community. “The series continues to serve as a platform to raise the profile of interdisciplinary scholarship within the university and beyond,” said Thiel.

The three spring semester lectures are scheduled in conjunction with the Contested American Identities exhibition opening in the Haricombe Gallery Feb. 19. Each lecturer has a publication featured in the exhibition, which takes an interdisciplinary look at identity and the intersecting categories of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and ability.

Upcoming installment dates and speakers:


Thursday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m.

Watson Library, Third Floor West

Chuck Epp, Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration

Donna Ginther, Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Science, Technology and Economic Policy


Thursday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m.

Watson Library, Third Floor West

Joane Nagel, University Distinguished Professor, Sociology Department 

Pooya Naderi, PhD candidate, Sociology Department 


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