Johnson renews early morning equinox explorations atop Mount Oread

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 in Campus News and News

Ted Johnson’s Stop Day campus walking tours–featured in the story “A Beautiful Mind” in Kansas Alumni magazine’s issue No. 5, 2011–are justifiably renowned for their thrilling, day-long immersion into campus history and iconography.

The campus walking tour’s sublime cousin, Johnson’s “Autumnal Equinox Starlight Walking Tour,” offers the delightful opportunity for Johnson–a treasured, white-bearded professor emeritus of French and passionate proponent of curiosity and intellectual vibrancy–to lead early-rising Jayhawks through contemplations about how the alignments of certain campus buildings and landmarks with astral entities reflect ancient beliefs in honoring each equinox.

Ted Johnson gives a walking tour of the KU campus. Photo by Steve Puppe. | www.kualumni.orgAlthough this year’s autumnal equinox happens Sunday morning, Johnson will lead a “preview” tour on Friday morning. Beginning at 5 outside Spooner Hall, the tour will consider elements of Dyche Hall, Daniel Chester French’s Uncle Jimmy Green statue, Watson Library and Stauffer-Flint Hall before returning to the Natural History Museum at about 7 a.m. to witness the rising of the sun directly above 14th Street.

For further information, contact the Department of the Humanities and Western Civilization at or Johnson at

–Chris Lazzarino

Photo by Steve Puppe

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