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Nominations sought for Proud to Be a Jayhawk funding recipients

Fri, 05/16/2014

LAWRENCE — The Office of Public Affairs at the University of Kansas is seeking project requests for the proceeds of the Proud To Be A Jayhawk tailgating fundraiser.

Kansas Athletics will again donate the proceeds from KU football program sales to assist KU department or student-led initiatives. More than $50,000 has been raised through the fundraiser since the promotion began in 2001. Past beneficiaries include  the BullDoc Free Clinic through the KU Medical Center, the Marching Jayhawks, Math and Science Center, Mi Familia Program and the Center for Community Outreach, to name a few. The Big Event and the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic for the School of Law were the 2013 recipients.

Interested KU departments and/or student groups should submit their project requests to the Office of Public Affairs at publicaffairs@ku.edu by July 1. Information submitted should include: KU sponsor and contact information, project/program initiative, reason to request the funds, whom the program benefits, in 200 words or less.  Proceed recipients will be contacted by Aug. 1.



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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


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