Interdisciplinary Research Seminars

Hall Center seminars are open to interested faculty, staff and graduate students.

If you would like seminar paper password information, call 785-864-7823. You can sign-up to receive e-mail updates for individual seminars by filling out this online form.

Complete seminar schedules are available on the seminar schedule page.

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Colonialism Seminar

The Colonialism seminar is co-directed by Santa Arias (Latin American & Caribbean Studies), and Robert Schwaller (History).This seminar examines the history and legacy of colonialism in Latin America. Meetings provide an opportunity for a dynamic examination of hemispherical and transatlantic connections across four major themes: identity, territory, religion, and cultural production.

Digital Humanities Seminar

The Digital Humanities Seminar is co-directed by James Yeku (African and African American Studies) and Brian Rosenblum (Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities). The Digital Humanities Seminar, co-sponsored by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH), provides a forum for sharing and discussion of new digitally-enabled humanities research efforts, with a specific focus on what digital humanities tools and practices can do for a range of humanistic research.

Disability Studies

The Disability Studies Seminar is co-directed by Ray Mizumura-Pence (American Studies), and Sherrie Tucker (American Studies). The Disability Studies Seminar will provide a much-needed forum for scholars to explore and share research on topics relevant to disability within and across the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Scholars within Disability Studies tend to recognize disability in terms of social construction and minority culture.

Gender Seminar

The Gender Seminar is co-directed Akiko Takeyama (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) and Marie Grace Brown (History). The Gender Seminar studies gender as a basic concept in humanistic scholarship and/or as a fundamental organizing principle in social life.

The Humanities Out Loud: Music, Theater, Literature, and Culture

The Humanities Out Loud Seminar is co-directed by Araceli Masterson-Algar (Department of Spanish & Portugese) and Jonathan Mayhew (Department of Spanish & Portugese).This seminar provides a forum for research that links music with other forms of cultural production employing the medium of sound, such as the oral performance of literary works. The goal is to explore a conception of the humanities oriented less toward the printed text and more toward performance.

Medieval & Early Modern Seminar

The Medieval & Early Modern Seminar is co-directed by Jonathan Lamb (English), and Caroline Jewers (French & Italian). The Medieval & Early Modern Seminar meets each semester to discuss original work relating to any aspect of the history, culture, literature, art, or society of any part of the world between c. 400 and c.1800.

Nature & Culture Seminar

The Nature and Culture Seminar is co-directed by Phillip Drake (English) and Alex Boynton (Environmental Studies). Nature is our oldest home and our newest challenge. This seminar brings the perspective of the humanities to bear on past and present environmental issues. It includes research on the changing perception, representation, and valuation of nature in human life, on the reciprocal impact of environmental change on social change, and on the variety of ways we use, consume, manage, and revere the earth. Co-sponsored by Environmental Studies.

Place, Race, and Space Seminar

The Place, Race, and Space Seminar is co-directed by Shawn Alexander (African & African American Studies) and David Roediger (American Studies). The Place, Race, and Space Seminar explores the interplay of social, historical, psychological, and spatial forces in configuring racial formations, identities, and experiences throughout the world. Its thematic concerns are shaped by work in African & African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Critical Race Theory, Geography, History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Urban Studies. Co-sponsored by the Langston Hughes Center.

The Urban Experience Seminar

The Urban Experience Seminar is co-directed by Nathan Wood (History), Marie-Alice L’Hereux (Architecture), and Bradley Lane (Public Affairs and Administration). The Urban Experience seminar focuses on urban social and cultural space and attendant relationships, both as a result of ideas and imagination, and as a function of historical, social, economic, and political forces.

Undergraduate Research Seminar

This seminar's primary goal is to offer a forum for undergraduate researchers to discuss each other's works-in-progress and to introduce to them to the value of exchange and collaboration in the production of knowledge in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.