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Fri, 03/27/2015 — The Douglas County Community Foundation has awarded the Kansas Audio-Reader Network $1,495 for Internet radios. Audio-Reader, a free reading and information service, provides a 24/7 broadcast of newspapers, magazines and books to the blind,...

Fri, 03/27/2015 — Two researchers from the University of Kansas Department of Urban Planning have just completed a study on the locations of assisted housing units and assisted households across the nation. It examines one of the key issues that drives the design...

Fri, 03/27/2015 — Set in the Bohemian world of artists and activists in Depression-era New York, “Flora, the Red Menace” follows the intrigues of a young woman whose love life becomes complicated by the Communist Party. This comedic musical was the first...

Thu, 03/26/2015 — A variety of push-and-pull influences — such as violence, politics and economics — contribute to migration and human mobility. Now, a leading scholar of international migration will bring her expertise in the field to the University of...

Thu, 03/26/2015 — The University of Kansas has announced the February 2015 employees of the month. They are as follows: Rebecca Cates Title: Academic adviser, Undergraduate Advising Center What that means: Cates’ assigned group of students ranges from 420...

Thu, 03/26/2015 — An online “minimester” that provides students a flexible and creative path to structure their degree path is popular with both students and faculty in the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications. So popular, in fact,

Thu, 03/26/2015 — Across the country, mental health agencies are embracing the concept of family-driven care, which posits that families have a primary decision-making role in their children’s care and are actively engaged in the design of policies that promote...

Thu, 03/26/2015 — Kathleen Lane, associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas, has been selected to receive the 2015 Outstanding Leadership Award, granted by the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD). 

Thu, 03/26/2015 — The parent companies of two iconic food brands, Kraft and Heinz, on Wednesday announced a $36 billion merger to create the world's fifth-largest food company. A University of Kansas expert says that while large-company mergers often don't work...

Thu, 03/26/2015 —  Jonathan Templin, associate professor of psychology and research in education and associate scientist in the Achievement & Assessment Institute at the University of Kansas, is available to speak with media about using statistical modeling...

Wed, 03/25/2015 — The 2014-15 KU Debate team ended the regular season ranked No. 1 in the country in the National Debate Tournament varsity debate rankings. It is the third time in the past 10 years that KU has won the national varsity rankings championship. This...

Wed, 03/25/2015 — Most U.S. school districts use a student information system to manage data such as attendance, grades and disciplinary notes because it gives parents, students, teachers and administrators immediate access to day-to-day school...

Wed, 03/25/2015 — University of Kansas students will participate in two events during Kansas City Design Week. Department of Architecture drawings and models will be displayed from 8-11 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the MoCoLab at the Kansas City...

Wed, 03/25/2015 — LAWRENCE – Louis Armstrong – Satchmo, Pops – is one of the legends of jazz, renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing. Kansas Public Radio has uncovered a connection between Satchmo and one of the most famous basketball games in KU history. Armstrong and his band were on the KU campus for a concert March 23, 1957. That same night, an hour to the east in Kansas City, Wilt Chamberlain and the Jayhawks were playing for the NCAA basketball title against the North Carolina Tar Heels. In an epic, triple-overtime game, KU lost to Carolina 54-53. A dejected KU team returned to Lawrence at 2:15 in the morning. Who was

Tue, 03/24/2015 — An event to celebrate the completion of The Forum, an addition to Marvin Hall, will take place from 3-5 p.m. Friday, March 27. The extension, located on Marvin’s second floor just south of its main entrance on Jayhawk Boulevard, includes a...

Tue, 03/24/2015 — For years teachers have seen students who were promising readers in the primary grades begin to experience challenges in third and fourth grades as reading materials became more difficult. University of Kansas researchers conducted a study with...

Tue, 03/24/2015 — LAWRENCE – A bachelor’s degree from the state’s flagship university will be within reach for more students with the launch of new online education opportunities at the University of Kansas. The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Online will house the university’s first all-digital bachelor’s degree completion program in the liberal arts and sciences. Degree-seeking students can combine previous undergraduate credit or an associate’s degree with online KU courses to complete a bachelor’s degree. The program features courses from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, which will provide students a well-rounded and flexible education that can be applied in

Tue, 03/24/2015 — LAWRENCE –The Commons will offer Starter Grants, funded through the Office of Research, for interdisciplinary research projects in Spring 2015. Starter Grants are available for collaborative teams, which may apply for up to $10,000 each to initiate their proposed studies. The deadline to apply is April 17. Starter Grants will fund interdisciplinary projects in the initial stages of development. They are intended to provide intellectual freedom and space for testing and growing innovative ideas into mature research and creative propositions. Starter Grants support collaborators from across the arts, sciences and humanities as they work to find a common language and

Tue, 03/24/2015 — Using materials to evoke an emotional memory, artist Lynne Yamamoto creates installations that speak to a larger social and historical context. Yamamoto will give a visiting artist lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Spencer Museum of...

Tue, 03/24/2015 — Phillip Vardiman, associate professor in the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences (HSES) at the University of Kansas, has been selected to receive the 2015 Athletic Trainer Service Award, granted by the National Athletic Trainers...


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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 works with 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, are 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.” Tags: #KUcommunities #CivilRights #History American Studies at KU
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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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