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Thu, 03/12/2015 — Nationally recognized author Douglas Tallamy, best known for his book "Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens," will give a free lecture on that topic March 21 at the Kansas Union at the University of Kansas. The...

Thu, 03/12/2015 — The American political landscape of 50 years ago was full of radical movements and ideology, from violent opposition to the Vietnam War to lesser-known ideas about the supposed danger of fluoridating water. It was also when the University of...

Thu, 03/12/2015 —  By any measure, the Large Hadron Collider is the most advanced scientific instrument ever built by humans. In 2012, scientists using the gargantuan particle accelerator shook the world with observations of a subatomic particle closely...

Thu, 03/12/2015 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas School of Law team brought home second place after rising to compete in the final round of one of the largest National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competitions in history. KU law students Corey Adams, of Wichita, and Maureen Orth, of Prairie Village, placed second in the NNALSA competition at the University of Arizona March 6-7. Two additional KU teams competed at the event, including Annette McDonough, of Phoenix, and Samantha Small, of South Haven, who advanced to the Sweet 16 round; and Grant Brazill, of Las Vegas, and Jason Harmon, of Orem, Utah. The NNALSA competition tests students’ knowledge of Indian

Thu, 03/12/2015 — The University of Kansas School of Law made a strong showing at the recent Transactional LawMeet Regional Competitions in Kansas City and Chicago. The draft agreement, written by Paul Budd of Deephaven, Minnesota; Kerry Hillis of Austin, Texas,...

Wed, 03/11/2015 — Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins will give the annual Dole Lecture at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas this April. Jenkins will be interviewed on her national leadership position in Congress, what’s happening in...

Wed, 03/11/2015 — University of Kansas researchers Kristie Rogers and Niki den Nieuwenboer, assistant professors of organizational behavior in the School of Business, are available to speak with media about management implications for the NCAA men’s basketball...

Wed, 03/11/2015 — The University of Kansas community is grieving the loss of a faculty member who, for 30 years, helped shape the Department of Theatre. Ron Willis, professor emeritus of theatre, died March 6 at his home in Lawrence.  He taught at KU from 1970...

Wed, 03/11/2015 — As of March 3, John Augusto, assistant vice provost for experiential learning, assumed the directorship of the Center for Civic and Social Responsibility (CCSR). This change comes about after the previous director, Andi Witczak, left KU in...

Wed, 03/11/2015 — Fashion-minded Neanderthals? By perception they had the basics of survival down, but supposedly not much else, until we high-functioning humans came along and developed sophisticated technologies to improve quality of life. However, a...

Wed, 03/11/2015 — LAWRENCE – The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” rankings confirms that for breadth and quality of graduate programs, the University of Kansas is unmatched in the state. Forty-four KU graduate programs appear in the “Best Graduate Schools” rankings, more than all other Kansas universities and colleges combined. Ten KU programs appear in the top 10 among public universities nationally, and 38 are in the top 50. “We want scholars from around not just the nation, but the world, to come to Kansas because they want to be a part of our teaching and research, either as faculty members or as graduate students,” said Chancellor

Wed, 03/11/2015 — Leaders from Kansas City-area cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations offer practical advice on obtaining careers in “applied humanities” at the Hall Center from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. March 26. In a panel discussion and follow-up...

Tue, 03/10/2015 — While most employees might experience a dip in workplace morale from time to time, what happens when someone works for a sporting organization of which they are also a fan? Does their productivity ebb or flow when the team is winning, and do...

Tue, 03/10/2015 — LAWRENCE – During the past four years, externally sponsored research expenditures at all University of Kansas campuses totaled more than $1 billion. It was the strongest four-year span in KU history. Among the many highlights: Creation of Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at the KU Medical Center, offering faster patient access to the benefits of health research; Development of a national center in the Life Span Institute to help schools enact a KU model for improving academic outcomes for general and special education students; and Fulfillment of a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant that leveraged $1.3

Tue, 03/10/2015 — Juliana Carlson, assistant professor of social welfare at the University of Kansas, is available to speak with media about the United Nations’ report that about 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced physical violence in their lifetimes.

Tue, 03/10/2015 — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will host Frank Calzon, executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba, and Marifeli Perez-Stable, professor at Florida International University, in a moderated discussion on the issue...

Mon, 03/09/2015 — The University of Kansas School of Business has been selected as one of only four civilian universities in the nation to deliver a “strategic broadening seminar” for U.S. Army officers, warrant officers, senior noncommissioned officers and...

Mon, 03/09/2015 —  Libya hasn’t been terribly hospitable for scientific research lately. Since the 2011 toppling of Muammar Gaddafi, fighters tied to various tribes, regions and religious factions have sown chaos across that nation. Most recently, ISIS...

Fri, 03/06/2015 — New scholarships for undergraduate researchers will be available through a selective designation for the University of Kansas. KU is one of 12 universities chosen as a Beckman Scholars institution. This three-year award will fund six...

Fri, 03/06/2015 — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that a team of five University of Kansas Department of Architecture students is among four finalists in the 2015 HUD Innovation Affordable Housing Competition. The competition...


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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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