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May 11, 2005
Contact: Ted Johnson, professor emeritus, (785) 842-5328.

KU professor to lead 13th annual Stop Day walking tour of campus May 13

LAWRENCE -- Ted Johnson, professor emeritus of French and Italian, will lead his traditional Stop Day tour of the University of Kansas from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 13. Stop Day is the day between the last day of classes and the first day of final examinations.

The tour will begin at the main entrance of the KU Museum of Natural History and will end at Weaver Court, adjacent to Spooner Hall. The pace will be leisurely, and each stop will have a theme for discussion. Questions and participation from the group are encouraged. Walkers may join or leave the tour at any point. Individuals and groups are welcome to follow along.

Johnson has been presenting the tour since 1992. He specializes in 19th- and 20th-century poetry, French novelist Marcel Proust, and interrelations of literature and the visual arts. Twice he has received the Mortar Board's recognition as an Outstanding Educator at KU, the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and, in 1992, the Senior Class H.O.P.E. (Honor for an Outstanding Progressive Educator) Award. Johnson also leads equinox walking tours of the campus by starlight.

In case of inclement weather, Johnson will begin his presentation in the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Otherwise, times and places for the tour will be as follows:

  • 9 a.m. "Whoso Findeth Wisdom Findeth Life," main entrance of Museum of Natural History
  • 10 a.m. "The Seven Liberal Arts and the Classical Tradition," Lippincott Hall
  • 11 a.m. "Make Our Garden Grow!" Twente Hall and the Prairie Acre
  • Noon. "Memory, the Muses, and the Liberal Arts and Sciences," Watson Library, then across campus to Burge Union
  • 1 p.m. Lunch at the Crimson Cafe in the Burge Union. In case of inclement weather, the tour will meet at noon at the Marketplace Food Court in the Kansas Union.
  • 2 p.m. "Civilization Is Measured by the Extent to which People Obey Unenforceable Laws," Green Hall, then up the hill to the KU Foundry and School of Architecture.
  • 3 p.m. "Of Cycles and Civilizations," the Chi Omega fountain,Vietnam and Korean war memorials.
  • 4 p.m. Memorial Campanile (perspectives on Memorial Stadium and Kansas Memorial Union), then up through Marvin Grove
  • 5 p.m. "Tentative Syntheses and Perspectives," Weaver Court, adjacent to Spooner Hall.

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