Yellow flowers against black background with "Sitting in a Circle" in semi-circle to the right of the flower

Sitting in a Circle

KU students engage with the 2021-2022 Common Book "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmberer

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The University of Kansas Libraries are honored to showcase the creative stories and reflections generated by students and faculty as they engage with “Braiding Sweetgrass,” a book of Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teaching of plants.

Exhibit Contents

Online Exhibition

Learning Module (designed for undergraduate engagement)

 

Opening reception panel:

Panel moderated by Samantha Bishop Simmons, Humanities Librarian & Haricombe Gallery Assistant Coordinator

Panel Participants:

  • Mary Anne Jordan, Professor of Visual Art in Textiles
    • Kirsten Taylor, Visual Art Student
  • Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, Associate Professor of Music Therapy
    • Olivia Jaudes, Music Therapy Student
  • Shannon Criss, Professor of Architecture
    • Kevin Bainter, Student
    • Scarlet Weidig, Student
    • Meaghan Booth, Student
    • Jay Clements, Student
    • Mallory McGraw, Student

Opening reception images

Opening reception panel video

Exhibition Content Providers

  • ART 300/500, taught by Mary Anne Jordan
  • ARCH 209, taught by Shannon Criss
  • MEMT 436, taught by Deanna Hanson-Abromeit

Partners

  • University of Kansas Libraries
  • KU Common Book Program

Event Support, Photography, and Promotion

  • Kelly Spavin-Silvermintz, Events Coordinator and Donor Relations
  • Nikki Pirch, Art Director
  • Alicia Marksberry, Communications Coordinator

Gallery Preparation

  • Jeromy Horkman, Director of Public Operations
  • Christen Caton, Watson Operations Manager
  • Pam Wagner, Technology Coordinator
  • John Rinnert, IT Coordinator

Curation, Coordination, Preparation, & Installation

  • Sarah Goodwin Thiel, Faculty & Community Engagement Librarian & Haricombe Gallery Coordinator
  • Samantha Bishop Simmons, Humanities Librarian & Haricombe Gallery Assistant Coordinator

Panel Discussion

Moderator

  • Samantha Bishop Simmons, Humanities Librarian, Haricombe Gallery Assistant Coordinator

Panelists

  • Mary Anne Jordan, Professor of Visual Art in Textiles
    • Kirsten Taylor, Visual Art Student
  • Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, Associate Professor of Music Therapy
    • Olivia Jaudes, Music Therapy Student
  • Shannon Criss, Professor of Architecture
    • Kevin Bainter, Student
    • Scarlet Weidig, Student
    • Meaghan Booth, Student
    • Jay Clements, Student
    • Mallory McGraw, Student

The Haricombe Gallery promotes the creative scholarship of our campus community, highlights the strength of the libraries' collections, and works in partnership with cultural venues internal and external to KU.