"Is this real life?"
A museum crawl and creativity event for students
KU Natural History Museum and Spencer Museum of Art
Students are invited to explore the 2014-15 KU Common Book— "The Center of Everything," by Laura Moriarty -- at “Is This Real Life?”
Inspiration for “Is This Real Life?” is drawn from the book’s protagonist, Evelyn Bucknow, and her first visit to KU’s Lawrence campus as a prospective scholarship student. There will be activities at both the Natural History Museum, which Evelyn visits in the novel, and the Spencer Museum of Art.
From the novel:
"It’s a large, dark, rounded room, quiet as under water, almost entirely surrounded by glass...There are animals inside, and they must have been real at one point, I think, but now they’re dead and stuffed. Someone has taken great care to put them in different positions—crouching in the grass, peering through branches—so they look as if they are still alive and are just being very still, listening for something in the distance…
I’m going to get a job at this museum. It would be like magic to walk around back there, easily stepping from one world to another, taking it all in at once."
The guiding premise behind “Is This Real Life?” is Evelyn’s reliance on observation and signs to find her bearings and move forward as she navigates life.
This event is organized by the Spencer Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum, the Office of First-Year Experience, and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.