Kathleen League

Profile Updated: July 7, 2020
Residing In: Salina, KS USA
Spouse/Partner: Bill Martin
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BA, art history, University of Kansas, 1982
MA, art history, University of Kansas, 1985
MA, philosophy, DePaul University, 1993
PhD, philosophy, DePaul University, 2009

Published 'Adorno, Radical Negativity, and Cultural Critique: Utopia in the Map of the World,' 2010.

School Story:

My favorite class in high school was Humanities, taught by Mr. Trickle. I enjoyed reading the book 'Religions of Man' by Huston Smith, with discussions of Taoism and Buddhism. I also enjoyed our other main book in that class which focused on different artworks (sculptures, paintings, plays, literature) through the ages, and it included a few color images of artworks such as illuminated pages from the medieval Celtic Lindesfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells, as well as modern abstract art by Wasily Kandinsky and Jackson Pollock. I loved learning about all of that and it influenced me a lot. But I remember one time that, as I was listening to Mr. Trickle's lecture, I had my head turned as though I was looking out the window. I was dwelling on what was being said and internalizing it in my own kind of reverie, but Mr. Trickle thought I wasn't paying attention, so he snapped a question at me about what he had just said. Fortunately, I answered correctly and he admitted he had been mistaken in thinking I wasn't paying attention. Now, whenever possible, I like to travel around the world with my husband, to see in person some of the cultures and artworks that I first received glimpses of in my high school Humanities class.

Where did you go to grade school?

Oakdale.

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Old worn stone steps on the edge of Monteverde, Costa Rica, this past February 2020. Glad we were able to do some bursts of travel over the course of last year, including this last trip close to the wire. But little did we know then that almost all travel would soon grind to a long, indefinite halt. We were safely home by end of February. Costa Rica would soon close its borders in mid-March, to remain closed til August.

Jul 07, 2020 at 4:11 AM

A little over a year ago: The medieval Westgate of Canterbury. Dates from 1380. At 60-foot high, this is the largest surviving city gate in England. Canterbury, England. June 2019.

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A year ago: with friends at a Buddhist restaurant in Xiamen, China. July 2019.

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A year ago: a rainy, sultry day in the height of summer, along the beautiful West Lake of Hangzhou, China. July 2019.

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A year ago: Wudian, a restored ancient village near Quanzhou, China. The restored buildings are used for shops and museums. The combination of stone and brick creates striking patterns. July 2019.

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With the Chen family at an overlook above the Tianluokeng tulou cluster in Nanjing county. This particular group is colloquially known as '4 meals and a soup' because there are 4 round tulou surrounding a square tulou in the center. The square tulou in the middle was built first, in 1796; however it was burned down by bandits in 1936, and then rebuilt in same style in 1956. December 2017.
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With the Chen family at Yuchanglou tulou in Nanjing county. The tulou style earthen buildings, usually round but sometimes other shapes, are distinctive to the Hakka people who live in Fujian province, China. December 2017.
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At an ancient 'dragon kiln' from 400 years ago, in the mountains of Dehua county, with our friend Eason Chen. The Chen family, so remarkably sweet and generous, volunteered to take us on a couple field trips outside Xiamen. On this one, they drove a few hours away to Dehua county, known for its porcelain work. This particular ancient kiln, which snakes up the hillside, is currently being preserved and used by a collective of artisans, in an effort to keep the old-style kiln traditions alive in the face of factory produced porcelains. November 2017.
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This tourist Chinese family was also visiting Dapeng fortress city, and asked to have their photo taken with us. Although Dapeng is technically part of greater Shenzhen city, it is a little difficult to get to via public transportation. You have to take 2-3 buses, it takes a couple hours from Shenzhen, and none of the info is available in English. Not even taxis from Shenzhen will go all the way there, it is too far. Fortunately, our Chinese friend Stella who lives in Shenzhen helped us plan the bus route there and was eager to go with us, yay. November 2017.
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Here I am inside the ancient walled fortress city of Dapeng, southeast coastal China. This area, part of greater Shenzhen, is located a couple hours away from mid-Shenzhen. This fortress city was built in 1394, at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty. Generals and soldiers lived here to fight off Japanese pirates. Later in 1838, at the beginning of the Opium Wars against the British, another battle was fought here. Since that time this ancient walled city has been inhabited by fishermen and working families. November 2017.
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Enjoyed seeing your photos of your travels in Europe (almost in your 'backyard' now since you live in Belgium!). The panoramic photo of Budapest by night is especially stunning. Thanks for sharing.

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In 'Prince of Tulou' in Hongkeng village, Yongding county, Fujian province, China. May 2016. There are more than 20,000 tulou in Fujian province. They are extended-family homes of the Hakka people. Although the Hakka people are ethnically part of the dominant Han Chinese group, the Hakka have maintained distinctive folk traditions over the centuries, which at times have put them at odds with the typical traditions. Most notably, Hakka had a fairly egalitarian society and their women never practised foot binding. Because the Hakka went against dominant Chinese culture, especially in the roles for women, the Hakka were distrusted and regarded as a 'corrupting' influence, ha.
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Hongchuan stream in Hongkeng village, Yongding county, Fujian province, China. May 2016.
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In the 'Princess of Tulou', part of the Nanxi Tulou cluster in Yongding county, Fujian province, China. May 2016.
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Here I am inside the ancient walled fortress city of Dapeng, southeast coastal China. This area, part of greater Shenzhen, is located a couple hours away from mid-Shenzhen. This fortress city was built in 1394, at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty. Generals and soldiers lived here to fight off Japanese pirates. Later in 1838, at the beginning of the Opium Wars against the British, another battle was fought here. Since that time this ancient walled city has been inhabited by fishermen and working families. November 2017.
Posted: Dec 14, 2017 at 3:35 PM
This tourist Chinese family was also visiting Dapeng fortress city, and asked to have their photo taken with us. Although Dapeng is technically part of greater Shenzhen city, it is a little difficult to get to via public transportation. You have to take 2-3 buses, it takes a couple hours from Shenzhen, and none of the info is available in English. Not even taxis from Shenzhen will go all the way there, it is too far. Fortunately, our Chinese friend Stella who lives in Shenzhen helped us plan the bus route there and was eager to go with us, yay. November 2017.
Posted: Dec 14, 2017 at 3:36 PM
At an ancient 'dragon kiln' from 400 years ago, in the mountains of Dehua county, with our friend Eason Chen. The Chen family, so remarkably sweet and generous, volunteered to take us on a couple field trips outside Xiamen. On this one, they drove a few hours away to Dehua county, known for its porcelain work. This particular ancient kiln, which snakes up the hillside, is currently being preserved and used by a collective of artisans, in an effort to keep the old-style kiln traditions alive in the face of factory produced porcelains. November 2017.
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With the Chen family at Yuchanglou tulou in Nanjing county. The tulou style earthen buildings, usually round but sometimes other shapes, are distinctive to the Hakka people who live in Fujian province, China. December 2017.
Posted: Dec 14, 2017 at 3:38 PM
With the Chen family at an overlook above the Tianluokeng tulou cluster in Nanjing county. This particular group is colloquially known as '4 meals and a soup' because there are 4 round tulou surrounding a square tulou in the center. The square tulou in the middle was built first, in 1796; however it was burned down by bandits in 1936, and then rebuilt in same style in 1956. December 2017.
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Inside one of the Tianluokeng tulou buildings, the one where we ate a meal prepared by the husband of our tour guide. December 2017.
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Vista of Chuxi Tulou cluster in Yongding county, Fujian province, China. May 2016. Tulou are built in a variety of shapes, but quite often circular. They are clan homes of the Hakka people.
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In the 'Princess of Tulou', part of the Nanxi Tulou cluster in Yongding county, Fujian province, China. May 2016.
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In 'Prince of Tulou' in Hongkeng village, Yongding county, Fujian province, China. May 2016. There are more than 20,000 tulou in Fujian province. They are extended-family homes of the Hakka people. Although the Hakka people are ethnically part of the dominant Han Chinese group, the Hakka have maintained distinctive folk traditions over the centuries, which at times have put them at odds with the typical traditions. Most notably, Hakka had a fairly egalitarian society and their women never practised foot binding. Because the Hakka went against dominant Chinese culture, especially in the roles for women, the Hakka were distrusted and regarded as a 'corrupting' influence, ha.
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Hongchuan stream in Hongkeng village, Yongding county, Fujian province, China. May 2016.