Faculty Coffee Chats

A project of the Co-curricular Student Advisory Board, Coffee Chats are designed to give students an opportunity to learn from KU's leading faculty in a small, informal setting. Faculty present for 10-15 minutes on a research topic of their choice before opening the floor to student questions and discussions.

These events are open to the larger KU community. Coffee will be served.


Professor Jennifer Hamer, American Studies/African & African American Studies

This event will be rescheduled for the Fall 2015 semester.

The Commons Alcove, Spooner Hall

Professor Hamer is an expert on the sociological, interdisciplinary, and qualitative study of families, particularly African American working class families. Her most recent publication is Abandoned in the Heartland: Work, Family, and Living in East St. Louis.

Professor Hamer will lead a discussion on her research by speaking for a few minutes before opening up the conversation to student guests. Come with your curiosity and any questions you have about Professor Hamer's research, which you can learn more about at http://americanstudies.ku.edu/jennifer-hamer.


Professor Katie Rhine, Anthropology

Tuesday, March 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

The Commons Alcove, Spooner Hall

An assistant professor of anthropology, Dr. Kathryn Rhine studies the meanings and practices of health care across cultures, particularly in Nigeria. She is interested in how medical knowledge and technologies transform the way people think about themselves and engage in politics.

She has spent three years conducting ethnographic research among HIV-positive communities in urban Nigeria while working on her book project The Unseen Things: HIV, Secrecy, and Wellbeing among Women in Northern Nigeria.

Join the Honors Student Co-Curricular Advisory Board and Dr. Rhine to discuss her research and learn about her path as a scholar. Coffee and snacks will be provided.


Professor James Woelfel, Philosophy/Humanities & Western Civilization

Tuesday, April 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

The Commons Alcove, Spooner Hall

Professor Woelfel will discuss "The Idea of A Liberal Education: Continuity and Change," which is a chapter in the forthcoming book "The University of Kansas, 1965-2015."

Woelfel defines a "liberal education" as "an education that requires of students a wide exposure to human knowledge and culture, typically through 'general education' courses in the liberal arts and sciences."

He will discuss the history of general education at KU from 1965 to the present, exploring how KU's curriculum has changed in response to national changes in higher education


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