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Tue, 10/01/2019 — LAWRENCE – At first, it might seem unlikely for two University of Kansas Department of Visual Art colleagues to show their work together. Marshall Maude, a ceramicist and associate professor of visual art, and Mary Anne Jordan, a textile artist and professor of visual art, make very different kinds of art. Maude’s West District kiln barn is dusty, sweaty and fiery, while Jordan’s Chalmers Hall textile studios are cool and airy as students work with fabrics, dyes and sewing machines. As he prepared a series of large vessels for their joint show opening Oct. 4 at the James May Gallery in Algoma, Wisconsin, Maude contemplated the similarities he sees in his and

Tue, 10/01/2019 — The Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Kansas will commemorate its 100-year anniversary this fall with the theme “One Hundred Years of Hispanism in Kansas and Beyond.” The celebration includes a two-day symposium and...

Mon, 09/30/2019 — The Office of Diversity and Equity at the University of Kansas is helping the university and Lawrence communities mark the approach of Indigenous Peoples’ Day with several events. Activities include an appearance by U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids,...

Mon, 09/30/2019 — Mike Orth, a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Engineering — and a former quarterback for the KU football team — will return to campus in October to deliver the ninth annual Tiberti Family Lecture. Orth is an executive vice...

Mon, 09/30/2019 — Fifty-one new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Sept. 20. Sheriff Randy Henderson, of the Reno County Sheriff’s Office, was the speaker for the ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity...

Mon, 09/30/2019 — Women who were trailblazers in shaping the nation's laws will be the focus of a lecture by Genelle Belmas, University of Kansas associate professor of journalism. “Women Making (and Breaking) the Law” will be from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Oct. 7 in...

Mon, 09/30/2019 — that a smarter, savvier leader in tougher times might harness to even more devastating effect. That is the conclusion of the article “The Populist and Nationalist Roots of Trump’s Rhetoric” in the fall 2019 edition of the journal...

Mon, 09/30/2019 — LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio ended a successful fall membership drive with 1,750 listener pledges. KPR’s 10-day fundraising campaign, which began Sept. 12, brought in $281,445 that will go directly toward providing programming for KPR’s 100,000 listeners. In addition to listener pledges, KPR received $59,200 in challenge grants, which are provided by an individual, company or foundation that challenges listeners to match their gift of a specific amount within a certain timeframe. This fall, Kansas Public Radio came up with several new ideas to make the drive more interesting to listeners, including a presence at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market and special

Mon, 09/30/2019 — The public is invited to the fall semiannual tour of the University of Kansas Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The garden, situated just east of the Lawrence Municipal Airport (directions and map), includes...

Fri, 09/27/2019 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design has announced the recipients of the 2019 KU Architecture & Design Alumni Awards. This year’s honorees for the Distinguished Alumni Award are designer Jamie Koval and architect Rick Embers. The Young Architect/Designer Award has been given to architect Kate Renner.  

Fri, 09/27/2019 — Sixty-eight of 105 counties in Kansas peaked in population before the Dust Bowl. The most recent Kansas Statistical Abstract includes this and other interesting facts about Kansas. The Institute for Policy & Social Research at the...

Thu, 09/26/2019 — We’ve entered the golden age of legal nonsense. “It’s a problem partly because of a lack of knowledge, but partly just a feeling people have that the courts won’t help them. And they’re looking for anything to fix that,” said Colin...

Thu, 09/26/2019 — The Department of English at the University of Kansas will host a poetry reading and discussion with lauded poet Sherwin Bitsui for the annual Gunn Lecture. Bitsui, winner of the American Book Award, is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on...

Thu, 09/26/2019 — The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy is once again teaming up with the United Way of the Plains in Wichita to provide free flu vaccines to those in need. The 10th annual Operation Immunization event will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct.

Thu, 09/26/2019 — Faculty, staff and students with significant international experiences and contributions to international education are invited to apply to the University of Kansas chapter of Phi Beta Delta. Membership applications are due Tuesday, Oct. 1. Phi...


Wed, 09/25/2019 — A team of engineering students from the University of Kansas went to Bolivia this summer to build clean bathroom facilities for two villages. Nine students and two mentors in KU’s Engineers Without Borders chapter visited the villages of...

Wed, 09/25/2019 — Courses in introductory physics are required for nearly all university STEM degree programs not only because physics is considered foundational to those disciplines, but also because it provides students practical experience in applied...

Wed, 09/25/2019 — University of Kansas alumnus Scott Smiley and Julie Smiley want to be a part of educating doctors who will care for generations of patients. To fulfill that goal, the Emporia couple’s gift commitment of $1 million to the University of Kansas...

Tue, 09/24/2019 — LAWRENCE – If you want a Kansas City Royals-branded casket or a Marine Corps urn, you can buy one online. But if you want a one-of-a-kind funerary urn or a reliquary shaped like a marigold flower, then Gina Westergard, University of Kansas associate professor of visual art, is the person to see. The metalsmithing artist was inspired to create vessels for cremains after moving to the countryside in 2000. “A sabbatical to Italy, marrying an organic farmer and moving to the country shifted my focus,” Westergard said. “I thought, as a maker of functional objects, what is the most significant object I can make? If I'm making jewelry, I'm thinking about the wearer. Or


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