Professor’s walking tour set for tomorrow

Posted on May 4, 2017 in Campus News and News

Ted Johnson's KU campus walking tour
Professor Emeritus Ted Johnson’s Stop Day walking tour, a beloved rite of spring on Mount Oread that all Jayhawks should experience at least once, is set for its annual renewal at 9 a.m. Friday in front of the Natural History Museum.

The tour, during which Johnson uses KU landmarks to spur discussion about timeless topics of the human experience, ventures to Lippincott Hall at 10; Twente Hall and the Prairie Acre at 11; and Watson Library at noon. A 1 p.m. lunch in The Underground will be followed by visits to various sites from Anschutz Library to the Chi Omega fountain at 2 and a journey from the fountain to Memorial Drive at 3.

Johnson’s tour visits the Campanile at 4 before concluding with a relaxing gathering in Spooner Hall’s Weaver Court at 5. As always, participants are free to join or depart the free marathon tour at any point along the way.

In the event of inclement weather, the tour will begin at 9 a.m. in Lippincott Hall with a visit to the Wilcox Classical Museum followed by lunch in the Kansas Union.

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Rite of spring renews Friday

Posted on May 4, 2016 in Campus News and News

Ted Johnson
Professor Emeritus Ted Johnson’s annual Stop Day campus walking tour [“A Beautiful Mind,” Kansas Alumni magazine, issue No. 5, 2011] is set to begin at 9 a.m. Friday, as always, in front of Dyche Hall. For those who have yet to experience Johnson’s full-day stroll across campus and through millennia of intellectual curiosity, this might be the perfect year to join the reflective boulevard procession, as lovely sunny weather is forecast.

Other scheduled visits include 10 a.m. at Lippincott Hall, 11 a.m. at Twente Hall, noon at Watson Library and then to Wescoe Hall’s The Underground café for lunch. The afternoon program begins at 2 p.m. at Anschutz Library, followed by a stroll to the Chi Omega fountain. At 3 p.m. the group will meander past the Vietnam and Korean war memorials before arriving at the Campanile at 4.

The day’s long tour and invigorating conversations will conclude at 5 p.m. at Spooner Hall’s Weaver Court.

There are no registration or fees, and participants are encouraged to join or depart at any time. Johnson this year asked us to emphasize that recent tours have included a number of participants who successfully navigated the entire route in wheelchairs, so he renews his encouragement for others who might be apprehensive about the length and duration of the day’s journey to consider joining the excursion; although the marathon timetable might appear daunting, the tour meanders at a relaxed pace, with plenty of time for resting and relaxation.

—Chris Lazzarino





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Campus considered: Stop Day Walking Tour set for May 8

Posted on May 4, 2015 in Campus News and News

Ted Johnson gives a walking tour of the KU campus. Photo by Steve Puppe. | www.kualumni.org
Professor Ted Johnson’s annual Stop Day Walking Tour is again set for a 9 a.m. Stop Day (May 8) launch in front of Dyche Hall. But after its traditional morning schedule—considering the delightful sculptures draped across the Natural History Museum’s limestone façade, Dyche Hall’s interplay with its Jayhawk Boulevard neighbor Spooner Hall, and Lippincott Hall and the Wilcox Classical Museum—this year’s Mount Oread tour offers a significant departure from the traditional itinerary.

Because the trip down and then back up the Hill proved an arduous journey for some participants, Johnson will no longer take the group to Green Hall or spend the lunch hour at the Burge Union. Instead, Johnson will offer his curious trekkers an opportunity to discuss Watson Library’s College Gothic architecture, Stauffer-Flint Hall’s Romanesque Revival eastern façade, and even the “late Brutalism” of Wescoe Hall. Lunch will be in The Underground, in the basement of Wescoe Hall.

From there the group will visit another new destination for Johnson’s campus tour: Spencer Research Library. From Spencer the group will walk to the Chi Omega fountain, then consider the war monuments along Memorial Drive before adjourning at Spooner Hall’s Weaver Court.

As always, participants are free to join the free tour at any point during the day. For more information, contact Johnson at jtj@ku.edu or the Department of Humanities at hwc@ku.edu.

—Chris Lazzarino

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Ted’s tours: Equinox Starlight Walking Tour set for Sept. 22

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 in Campus News and News

Professor Emeritus Ted Johnson is rightly revered for his wondrous Stop Day campus walking tours (“A Beautiful Mind,” Kansas Alumni magazine, issue No, 5, 2011); perhaps a bit lesser-known but just as lively are his fall and spring equinox tours, during which he encourages the sort of discussion and contemplation of solar synchronicity that have been one of humanity’s hallmarks since the earliest civilizations.

During his tours, Johnson Invokes the spirit of such structures as a 5,200-year-old stone-and-earth mound in Ireland, Egypt’s 4,500-year-old Sphinx and great pyramids, Stonehenge, Greek temples, French cathedrals since the ninth century, and Machu Picchu in Peru’s high Andes—all of which reflect mankind’s reverence for harmony with solar events. He will reflect on interrelations of stars, the sun and “certain remarkable buildings on our campus at equinox.”

The predawn event begins at 5 a.m., Monday, Sept. 22, at the intersection of Jayhawk Boulevard and 14th Street. The tour will include contemplations of Spooner Hall, Daniel Chester French’s “Uncle Jimmy” statue, the gothic Watson Library, the eastern facade of Stauffer-Flint Hall, and, beginning at about 10 a.m., the Natural History Museum, where discussion of the intricate and meaningful carvings on the stone building’s eastern facade will continue until about 11 a.m.

As always, the tour is open to all, free of charge, and anyone interested may join or leave the tour at any point.

For more information, contact the department of humanities and Western Civilization at hwc@ku.edu or Johnson at jtj@ku.edu.

—Chris Lazzarino

Ted Johnson's KU campus walking tour

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Campus through Ted’s eyes: Walking tour set for Friday

Posted on May 5, 2014 in Campus News and News

One of our cherished rites of spring on Mount Oread is approaching its annual renewal: Professor Emeritus Ted Johnson’s Stop Day campus walking tour [“A Beautiful Mind,” Kansas Alumni magazine, issue No. 5, 2011] will begin at 9 a.m. Friday in front of Dyche Hall. Explorations will continue until 5 p.m., and the public is invited to join or leave the tour at any point. Other than a cafeteria lunch, there is no charge.

Ted JohnsonJohnson will lead his group in a consideration Dyche Hall’s ornate exterior sculptures from 9 to 10 a.m. The tour continues at Lippincott Hall and the Wilcox Classical Museum from 10 to 11, then will visit Twente Hall, Pioneer statue, the Prairie Acre and Watson Library from 11 to 12.

“The first three hours really set the ideas for the rest of the tour,” Johnson says. “It’s all on level ground, and not much walking, so it is fairly easy.”

He also notes that last year two participants completed the entire nine hours in wheelchairs, and their only significant obstacle, a curb, has since been cut. “The whole tour,” Johnson says, “is accessible.”

After lunch at the Burge Union, the group at 2 p.m. will visit Green Hall and the tai chi sculpture, the Chi Omega fountain at 3, the Campanile at 4, then wander through Marvin Grove before reflecting on the day’s adventure in Weaver Court adjacent to Spooner Hall.

—Chris Lazzarino

Ted Johnson's KU campus walking tour

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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 hwc@ku.edu or Johnson at jtj@ku.edu.

–Chris Lazzarino

Photo by Steve Puppe

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Ted’s tour renewed

Posted on May 9, 2013 in Campus News and News

The annual Stop Day campus walking tour led by Professor Emeritus Ted Johnson–featured in issue No. 5, 2011, of Kansas Alumni magazine–is set to begin at 9 a.m. Friday at Dyche Hall. As always, Johnson invites anyone interested to join (or depart) the tour at any point during the day. The tour is schedule to reach Lippincott Hall at 10, Twente Hall at 11 and Watson Library at noon. The tour will visit Stauffer-Flint Hall, Wescoe Hall, Anschutz Library, the Military Science Building and Murphy Hall on its way to a 1 p.m. lunch at the Burge Union. The tour resumes at 2 p.m. at Green Hall, then continues to the Chi Omega fountain and Memorial Drive at 3 and the Campanile at 4. The day concludes with conversation in the charming Weaver Court adjacent to Spooner Hall.

In the event of inclement weather, the tour will begin at 9 a.m. in the portico of Lippincott Hall, where participants will enjoy a thorough tour of the Wilcox Classical Museum, followed by a noon lunch in the Kansas Union and a 1 p.m. visit to the Spencer Museum of Art. Should the weather clear, Johnson anticipates resuming the tour at its previously scheduled site.

–Chris Lazzarino

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