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Exhibition featuring community engagement at KU opens Feb. 8 in Haricombe Gallery

Friday, January 27, 2017

The University of Kansas Libraries will open a new exhibition in the Haricombe Gallery in February. “Engaged: Campus and community scholars working together for the public good” showcases KU’s community-engaged programs, initiatives, centers and scholarship.

“There is an abundance of engaged research activity taking place at the University of Kansas, in collaboration with local, regional and global partners,” said Sarah Goodwin Thiel, KU Libraries’ community engagement librarian and exhibits program coordinator. “KU Libraries are particularly pleased to bring attention to campus and community scholarship, keeping in mind that the exhibition highlights only a small portion of the essential work being done here to further the greater good.”

The exhibit celebrates a rich history of KU – supporting and collaborating with various campus and community partners, including local, regional, national and international initiatives. In total, over 14 programs will be highlighted, all committed to creating reciprocal and mutually beneficial community-based scholarship.

The opening reception, held in Watson Library Third Floor West on February 8, will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a presentation, “From Campus to the Capitol: A creative path to public service” by John Wilson, Kansas State representative, at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; those who plan to attend should RSVP to Jennifer Muse by February 3 at 785-864-8691 or

“The libraries work diligently to tell the KU story by raising the profile of important research across campus,” said Kevin L. Smith, dean of KU Libraries. “We are delighted to collaborate and showcase campus and community programs that continue working for the greater good.”

The exhibition in the Haricombe Gallery in Watson Library will be open to the public through August of 2017. Find out more information on KU Libraries’ exhibits at

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