Beyond Campus: M-I-Z in K.C. in 2018

Beyond Campus KC 2018 flyer

Our popular series of Beyond Campus events is back for another year, and we hope you can join us for these free events!

Committed to engaging with the communities it serves, MU's College of Arts and Science offers Beyond Campus, a series that showcases the range and relevance of the college's research and programs, which serve as the foundation for all undergraduates at MU, whether they major in an A&S discipline or not. The events in this series are intended for the general public, including alumni, business and community leaders, and prospective students. All are welcome. 

To register for any of these events, or if you have questions, please contact Amanda Cook at or 573-884-4482.

Monday, February 6, 2018  POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER!

Check back for updates on the rescheduled event.

Presentation 6:30 p.m., reception to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Westport Flea Market, The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Road, Kansas City

Stephanie Shonekan, Associate Professor of Music, Chair of the Department of Black Studies
“Mizzou Students, Mizzou Values, Mizzou Music,” a presentation by Talking Drum

Do you love American popular music?

Interested in hearing about the experiences of current Mizzou students?

Ever wonder how Mizzou students talk about diversity and inclusion?

If so, come see Talking Drum perform! Using American popular music and focusing on our core values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, and Excellence, our very talented students will lead us in a reflective conversation about what citizenship means on campus and beyond.

Don’t miss this extraordinary performance!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Presentation at 6:30 p.m., reception to follow at 7:30.

Science on Tap
Boulevard Brewery, 2501 Southwest Blvd, 3rd floor, Muehlebach Suite, Kansas City

Admission is free. Beverages provided by Boulevard Brewery and snacks by Joe Joe's Catering. Each attendee will receive a commemorative glass.

Arianna Soldati, Doctoral Candidate in Geology
"Volcanoes: Shaping the World as We Know It"

The news only mentions volcanoes when an eruption threatens a populous city, but volcanoes interact with society in so many more ways, some of which are highly beneficial. Volcanoes are responsible for providing the conditions for life, creating new land, and fertilizing soil, among many other things. Soldati will take you through this lesser-known side of the story and answer any volcano-related questions!

Click to register for the April 3 event

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Presentation 6:30 p.m., reception to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Coterie Theatre, Crown Center Shops, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City

Co-sponsored by the College of Engineering

Assistant Professor Ferris M. Pfeiffer, Bioengineering
Curators’ Teaching Professor of Theatre Suzanne Burgoyne
"Teaching Creativity to Bioengineers & Everybody Else" 
Creativity is a highly valued 21st-century skill. You’d think it would be taught in school.  However, if you’ve seen Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 TED Talk, you know that all of us are born creative, but schools squelch creativity instead of encouraging it.  For the past three years, Pfeiffer (bioengineering) and Burgoyne (theatre) have been teaching theatre-based creativity lessons to bioengineering capstone students, with surprising results. Please join us to learn about our research. Prepare to experience some hands-on, minds-on activities that engage students in rediscovering their creativity. Learning can be fun, one can be creative in any field, and creativity can be taught across the curriculum.

Click to register for this event

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Presentation 6:30 p.m., reception to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Museum at Prairiefire, 5801 W 135th Street, Overland Park
Parking information here

Admission is free if pre-registered; admission for walk-ins will be $10. Contact Amanda Cook to register.

Associate Professor Libby Cowgill, Anthropology
“Neandertals as People: Exploring Lives of Humans in the Past”

When we talk about human evolution, it’s all too easy to miss the humanity of the ancient peoples we evolved from, particularly when discussing species that aren’t even quite human. But it’s actually possible to reconstruct a good deal of the day-to-day lives of ancient human groups, such as Neandertals. This talk focuses on seeing the lives of Neandertals as human beings, explores the day-to-day world of Neandertal families, food, and activities, and explains how researchers know what they know.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (New Date!)

Presentation 6:30 p.m., reception to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Kansas City Public Library–Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City

Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences Kenneth J. Sher
“Personality and Alcoholism: What’s the Connection?”

While the notion of an “alcoholic personality” is widely held by the lay public, critical examination of the concept fails to show there is any single personality profile that characterizes the majority of those who suffer from alcoholism. However, personality plays a critical role in the development of alcohol problems and addiction, indeed, multiple critical roles. In his talk, Sher will provide an overview of the myriad ways personality traits contribute to risk for alcoholism and how, by attending to personality, we can devise more effective approaches to prevention and treatment.

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