AUMI-KU InterArts

Adaptive Use Musical Instruments (AUMI) software interface enables people who have very limited controlled (voluntary) movement to independently engage in music making. Led by musician, composer, and humanitarian Pauline Oliveros, the Adaptive Use Musical Instruments (AUMI) project brings together the expertise of technicians at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the community education initiatives of the Deep Listening Institute.

We are proud to support American Studies Professors Sherrie Tucker and Ray Pence and the rest of the AUMI-KU InterArts research team, which comprises faculty from several KU departments. AUMI-KU Interarts is a Member of the AUMI Consortium, an international research group dedicated to exploring, sustaining, developing, and sharing the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument.  Each AUMI Consortium Member institution has a particular area of focus. Ours is interdisciplinary arts and improvisation. To learn more, select the AUMI link above. 


AMS Alum Spotlight: Gretchen Cassel Eick, Ph.D

Gretchen Cassel Eick, Ph.D. American Studies 1998, won Prose Writer of 2021 and her double biography and history, They Met at Wounded Knee: The Eastmans’ Story, University of Nevada Press, 2020, won the J.

Rebekah Jo Aycock and Nguyen-Dien each awarded a 2021 Summer Research Scholarship

Congratulations to Rebekah Jo Aycock and Nguyen-Dien on each being awarded a 2021 Summer Research Scholarship through KU Graduate Studies. The award provides funding to assist graduate students with conducting their thesis and dissertation research projects during the summer session.
Bobby Cervantes

Bobby Cervantes awarded Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Congratulations to American Studies' graduate student, Bobby Cervantes on being awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for his dissertation Las Colonias: The Housing of Poverty in Modern Americas. This award supports PhD candidates in their final year of dissertation writ

Music & Social Justice Quaran/zine: Edition 1.2

Check out the latest edition of AUMI-KU InterArts' publication: "Music & Social Justice Quaran/zine" Edition 1.2 features Julie Unruh and the AUMI Jam Band perform Julie's poem, "Laundry."