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

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 in 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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