Kathryn Rhine is an associate professor in the Departments of African & African-American Studies and Geography & Atmospheric Science. She is a faculty fellow in the University Honors Program and co-director of KU’s first humanities-based lab, "colLAB: Bridging East Africa’s Health Divides." Rhine is currently leading KU's 2019–2020 John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, titled: "Chronic Conditions: Knowing, Seeing & Healing the Body in Global Africa" with Casey Mesick Braun, Spencer curator of global Indigenous art. This series of lectures, performances, and workshops is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Rhine is also the author of The Unseen Things: Women, Secrecy, and HIV in Northern Nigeria (Indiana University Press 2016). Throughout her fellowship with the Spencer, Rhine will continue to collaborate with Mesick Braun to develop research and educational outreach initiatives for the fall 2020 exhibition Healing, Knowing, Seeing the Body.