History, Geography, Perishability

Subtitle: 
Susanne Freidberg, Professor of Geography, Dartmouth
Event Type: 
Lecture
Date: 
Fri, 02/07/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost: 
Free
Location: 
Spooner Hall/The Commons
Contact: 

Questions? Call 785.864.6293 or contact us at thecommons@ku.edu

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Sponsored by the Agricultural History Society, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Environmental Studies Program, the IGERT C-CHANGE Program, The Hall Center Nature & Culture Seminar, CHS Foundation, Society for the History of Technology, The Commons, the Department of Geography, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Chinese Migrants to Peru

Subtitle: 
Felix Moos, Professor, Socio-Cultural Anthropology
Event Type: 
Campus Event
Date: 
Fri, 02/07/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cost: 
Free
Location: 
Spooner Hall/The Commons
Contact: 

Questions? Call 785.864.6293 or contact us at thecommons@ku.edu

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Offered as part of the Human Migration Series in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology.

This brown-bag series addresses the causes and consequences of Human Migration and will explore human migration from social, economic, demographic and biological perspectives.

Contemporary Migration and "Cocoa Conflicts" in Peruvian Amazonia

Subtitle: 
Bartholomew Dean, Associate Professor, Socio-Cultural Anthropology
Event Type: 
Campus Event
Date: 
Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cost: 
Free
Location: 
Spooner Hall/The Commons
Contact: 

Questions? Call 785.864.6293 or contact us at thecommons@ku.edu

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Offered as part of the Human Migration Series in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology.

This brown-bag series addresses the causes and consequences of Human Migration and will explore human migration from social, economic, demographic and biological perspectives

Kansas Food: What We Eat, Who Produces It, Future Trends, and Legal Developments

Event Type: 
Campus Event
Date: 
Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: 
Free
Location: 
Spooner Hall/The Commons
Contact: 

Questions? Call 785.864.6293 or contact us at thecommons@ku.edu

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A Panel Discussion, sponsored by the Environmental Law Society

Data & Democracy: What is Free Speech in the Age of Social Media?

Event Type: 
Campus Event
Date: 
Tue, 03/25/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cost: 
Free
Location: 
Spooner Hall/The Commons
Contact: 

Questions? Call 785.864.6293 or contact us at thecommons@ku.edu

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Sponsored by The Commons, the School of Journalism, and the Office of the Provost
Amid a changing social landscape of connectivity and communication, the legal and societal landscape of what is meant by 'free speech' may be shifting as well. The First Amendment guarantees free speech, but what are the substance and forms of that protection in the age of social media?

The Future of the University

Subtitle: 
David Krakauer, Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
Event Type: 
Lecture
Date: 
Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Cost: 
Free
Location: 
Spooner Hall/The Commons
Contact: 

Questions? Call 785.864.6293 or contact us at thecommons@ku.edu

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The modern model of the university has been largely unchanged for over a century: comprised of disciplines associated with departments and schools, teaching in lecture halls and accreditation by degree. Rapidly advancing computer technologies, informative large data sets, surprising insights from educational research, and new economic realities are forcing us to rethink the standard model.

Idea Café - Shifting Viewpoints: Is Western Science an Indigenous Knowledge?

Subtitle: 
Jorge Soberon, Senior Research Scientist, Biodiversity Institute & Biodiversity Modeling and Policy Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Professor
Event Type: 
General
Date: 
Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: 
Spooner Hall/The Commons
Contact: 

Questions? Call 785.864.6293 or contact us at thecommons@ku.edu

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So called Indigenous, or Traditional Knowledge (ITK) is viewed by many western scientists with a combination of amusement and doubt, and almost always, implicit judgement. But what if we apply the methods of analysing ITK to western science? After all, western science began its long walk to hegemony as the folk knowledge of the peoples of the Mediterranean region. This exercise will likely prove both illuminating and humbling.

Idea Cafe: Can Democracy Survive the Digital Age?

Subtitle: 
Nicco Mele, author of The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David The New Goliath
Event Type: 
General
Date: 
Fri, 11/22/2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: 
Spooner Hall/The Commons
Contact: 

Questions? Call 785.864.6293 or contact us at thecommons@ku.edu

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As a follow-up to his presentation Thursday evening, Nicco Mele will challenge attendees to consider the values of democracy and whether they can withstand the growing presence of technology in daily life.
The Idea Café is intended to elicit energetic exchanges between attendees in response to the speaker's introduction. RSVP by November 15 to thecommons@ku.edu. Limit 50 guests.

DATA & DEMOCRACY: Why Radical Connectivity Means The End of Big

Subtitle: 
Nicco Mele, author of The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David The New Goliath
Event Type: 
Lecture
Date: 
Thu, 11/21/2013 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Cost: 
free
Location: 
Spooner Hall/The Commons
Contact: 

Questions? Call 785.864.6293 or contact us at thecommons@ku.edu

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Internet pioneer Nicco Mele shows how our ability to connect instantly, constantly, and globally is altering the power of business, politics, culture, education and more with a breathtaking speed that is disrupting our lives in revolutionary ways. Many of these changes are for the good. However, Nicco argues that the new realities of technology come at a high price. Nicco's keynote is both alarming and hopeful – thought provoking and passionately argued – and will change the way you use technology forever.

Idea Café: Why Big Data Will Never Be Big Enough to Handle the Social

Subtitle: 
Nancy Baym, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England
Event Type: 
General
Date: 
Wed, 04/17/2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cost: 
Free
Location: 
Spooner Hall/The Commons
Contact: 

Lunch is provided. RSVP by April 9 to thecommons@ku.edu. Limit 40 guests. Questions? Call 785-864-6293.

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Big Data are receiving an enormous amount of well-deserved buzz as they call on us to rethink who can do science and how it can be done. Yet there is also a certain blind optimism that with enough data, we will understand everything. This discussion will challenge this optimism, particularly as it relates to the study of people. Nancy Baym will draw on her experience at Microsoft Research, an interdisciplinary basic research lab where people are actively trying to create bridges between big data and ethnographic analysis.

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