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DNA for Genealogists

Have you had your DNA tested and puzzled over the results?

On Wednesday, DEC 6 from 6:30–8 PM, KU researcher Dr. Kristine G. Beaty will be here to discuss how biological anthropologists use DNA to better understand human populations, and explore the pros and cons of using your genome to understand your history, identity, and health. Meet up in the Auditorium and bring questions about your own DNA results!

Connect with Melissa for more info: mfisherisaacs@lplks.org

 

All About the Book

Explore the book not simply as a container of content, but a “meaningful physical object that has shaped the way we understand the world around us.”

Starting Wednesday, NOV 8, this 4-part series focuses one of our favorite topics—books!—with insight and expertise from KU faculty and staff.

Adults and Teens welcome! Free, but registration is required for the Kenneth Spencer Research Library Special Collections Tour. Questions? Email Jessi: jharris@lplks.org.


BOOK LEARNIN’

WED | Nov 8 | 7-8 PM | Auditorium
Dr. Anne D Hedeman: Shaping the Medieval Illuminated Manuscript

WED | Nov 15 | 7-8 PM | Auditorium
Dr. Elspeth Healey: A Past You Can Touch: History of the Book in the Collections of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library

WED | Nov 29 | 7-8 PM | Auditorium
Dr. Jonathan Lamb: From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: the Typographical Revolution in Retrospect

TOUR

FRI | Dec 8 | 2 PM | Kenneth Spencer Research Library Special Collections
Register with Jessi: jharris@lplks.org


QUOTE SOURCE: Harvard University

 

Diverse Dialogues Presents: Class, Race, and Marxism

On MondayOCT 30 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium, join KU American Studies professors David Roediger and Elizabeth Esch, and Tony Bolden (KU African and African-American Studies professor) for a discussion around Roediger’s latest book, Class, Race, and Marxism.

Roediger’s influential work on working people who have come to identify as white has so illuminated questions of identity that its grounding in Marxism has sometimes been missed. This new volume implicitly and explicitly reminds us that his ideas, and the best studies of whiteness generally come from within the Marxist tradition.

In his historical studies of the intersections of race, settler colonialism, and slavery, in his major chapter (with Elizabeth Esch) on race and the management of labor, in his detailing of the origins of critical studies of whiteness within Marxism, and in his reflections on the history of solidarity, Roediger argues that racial divisions not only tell us about the history of capitalism but also shed light on the logic of capital (from versobooks.com).

This event is in partnership with the Langston Hughes Center, the Lawrence Public Library and the Department of African and African-American Studies.

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New Series: Social Media Marketing for Beginners

Not certain where to begin your business’s or non-profit’s social media marketing strategy?

Learn the basics from local celebs and social media gurus in this 4-part series every Thursday, OCT 12–NOV 2 at 7-8:30 PM in our Auditorium.


SCHEDULE

Developing A Social Media Plan
THU | Oct 12 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
Developments in information technology and online social networking have posed opportunities and challenges for businesses and organizations. In this first session, Hyunjin Seo, Associate Professor of Strategic Communication at the University of Kansas, will teach you how to develop a social media plan that supports your organizational goals. Come and learn effective ways to identify key demographics, create and share social media content, and evaluate social media-based initiatives.

Twitter Marketing Basics
THU | Oct 19 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
The immediacy of Twitter feeds attract many users, but can be overwhelming to the uninitiated. In this second session, Lawrence Public Library’s William Ottens will cover Twitter marketing basics for businesses and nonprofits while Officer Drew Fennelly (winner of 2017′s Best of Lawrence: Social Media Organization or Nonprofit) will share Lawrence Police Department’s success story.

Facebook Marketing Basics
THU | Oct 26 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
Managing a Facebook page for a business or nonprofit organization can often feel like a full-time endeavor. For this third session, Lawrence Public Library’s Marketing Coordinator Heather Kearns and the owner of Ladybird Diner Meg Heriford will put their heads together to discuss the basics of managing a Facebook page for a business or organization along with some tips and tricks to succeed in connecting with the Lawrence community.

Social Media Copyright and Fair Use
THU | Nov 2 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
Copyright and fair use are so fundamental to 21st century life that we frequently fail to recognize them. This is particularly true on the web and in social media, where copying and sharing are as easy as a few clicks. It’s important to have a basic understanding of copyright and fair use from both legal and ethical perspectives. In this fourth and final session, Josh Bolick, KU Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Librarian, will teach you the basics of copyright and fair use and how they work in social media contexts with specific examples, strategies, and time for discussion.

Words in Your Ears

Join the Book Squad’s Polli and Kate on Soundcloud to catch their latest wits (and greatest hits).

Once a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic in She Said/She Said, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, Audio Reader programs, and beyond.

Click on the red button to play! 

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Fitness Sampler Classes Every Friday on the Lawn

Back by popular demand, we’ve teamed up with area fitness instructors and gyms to bring you something new to add to your workout routine.

Every Friday through July 28, we’ll meet from 7-8 AM (before it gets unbearably hot!) for an hour of community exercise. We’ll provide water—just bring a towel so you don’t get chiggers from the grass.


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Film + Discussion: Gender Revolution

Follow Katie Couric through the journey that is our blossoming definition of gender and identity.

Join us Thursday, June 8 from 7-9 PM in the Auditorium for a screening of National Geographic’s Gender Revolution followed by a Q&A and discussion.

Lawrence Public Library is a safe environment to learn more, ask questions, and expand your knowledge base about the complexities of gender identity. This event is free and open to the public.


About the Presenters

An Sasala (they/them) is a Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies graduate student at KU. An studies transgender/non-binary identities and issues in relation to race, gender, sexuality, class, and robots and volunteers with the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project.

Megan Williams (she/her) is the KU Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity’s program coordinator. Meg earned her PhD in American Studies from KU. To her position at the Emily Taylor Center, Meg brings over a decade of experience teaching women, gender, and sexuality studies to undergraduates at KU and Johnson County Community College in Kansas and at Skidmore College and The College of Saint Rose in Upstate NY.

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Fact Checking Bootcamp

Is the news you read true?

Join KU Journalism faculty to learn about evaluating and verifying news sources in this 4-part series. Then, do some fact checking of your own! Questions? Ask Melissa: mfisherisaacs@lplks.org

TUESDAYS | 6:30-8 PM


TUE | Apr 18: | Meeting Room C
Gain strategies for effective online searching, plus ways to search and access public documents.

TUE | April 25 | Meeting Room A
Learn the telltale signs of news that may not be factually sound, and about the online resources you can use to verify the veracity of news stories.

TUE | May 2 | Meeting Room A
Uncover the ins and outs of filing requests for public documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Kansas Open Records Act (KORA).

TUE | May 9 | Meeting Room A
Follow the money in campaign and other political financing by learning about campaign finance laws and searching public records.

Families + Autism: A Research Update

KU Autism researchers, Doctors Nancy Brady and Steve Warren from the University of Kansas’ Lifespan Institute, will be here to talk about issues affecting teens and their families on MON, Mar 27 at 7 PM in the Auditorium.

Bring your questions and learn more about recent developments in this field of study.

For more info, email Gwen at ggeigerwolfe@lplks.orgNOTE: This is incorrectly listed in our March paper calendar as THU, Mar 27.

 

Activism, Protest, and Change

America has a long tradition of political activism and protest, but it’s not always clear whether these methods of dissent can create real and lasting change.

In the wake of recent national and campus-wide protests, on Wednesday, Mar 1 at 7 PM in our Auditorium we’ll discuss protest’s place in our democracy with an interdisciplinary panel of KU faculty. Presented in partnership with the KU Honors Program.

This event is free and open to the public and is offered in connection with Lawrence Public Library’s NEA Big Read/Real Across Lawrence community novel, Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of Butterflies.