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Mon, 04/14/2014 — In 2004 University of Kansas researchers Linda Heitzman-Powell and Jay Buzhardt had the bold idea of training parents of children with autism to use an intervention based on the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to help them increase...

Mon, 04/14/2014 — International area studies centers will present an interdisciplinary educator workshop April 26 titled Children of Conflict, Children of Peace, at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park . This event is free and open to educators, students and...

Fri, 04/11/2014 — LAWRENCE – They dot the skyline of countless small towns throughout the Midwest, hulking cement towers often visible for miles. New research from a University of Kansas professor shows that grain elevators, those unassuming, utilitarian icons of the Midwest, have done far more than store grain. They have shaped the development of 20th century architecture and played a key role in the emergence of postmodern thinking. According to Dave Tell, associate professor of communication studies, grain elevators were once the symbol of modernity, but over time they came to be viewed as a liability to modern architecture, paving the way for postmodernity. Tell recently wrote a

Fri, 04/11/2014 — A University of Kansas education professor is co-authoring the first study in nearly 20 years of how America’s English teachers are educated. The study will gauge how institutions across the country prepare English teachers, when and how they...

Fri, 04/11/2014 — Researchers at the University of Kansas School of Engineering are working on a new way to identify in advance whether a chemical could be toxic. Jun “Luke” Huan, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, uses an...

Fri, 04/11/2014 — Neal Pease will be the featured speaker of the spring 2014 Oswald P. Backus Memorial Lecture. The lecture, titled “Not a Stone Upon a Stone: The Demolition of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Warsaw,” will be 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the...

Fri, 04/11/2014 — LAWRENCE – “Pipedreams,” Kansas Public Radio’s weekly show featuring the best in pipe organ performance, will feature a show recorded at KU’s Bales Organ Recital Hall. The broadcast, which will begin at 9 p.m. Sunday, April 13, will feature performances by and comments from students of Michael Bauer, professor of organ and church music, and James Higdon, Dane and Polly Bales Professor of Organ. They will play works by Olivier Messiaen and Louis Vierne, among others, on the Hellmuth Wolff pipe organ at Bales Recital Hall.   Host Michael Barone brought “Pipedreams Live!” to KU’s Bales Organ Recital Hall in April 2013 for a concert, interviews and commentary. Barone

Thu, 04/10/2014 — Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole will visit the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas on Tuesday, April 22. There will be a public open house starting at approximately 11 a.m. and ending at noon in Hansen Hall. Doors will be open to...

Thu, 04/10/2014 — The University of Kansas School of Law recently added four prominent Indian law schools to its growing list of international partners. The National Academy of Legal Studies and Research in Hyderabad, the Government Law College in Mumbai, the...

Thu, 04/10/2014 — A University of Kansas professor has received one of the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards for junior faculty members.  Andy Gill, assistant professor in electrical engineering and computer science, earned an Early Career...

Thu, 04/10/2014 — The Campus Tree Advisory Board at the University of Kansas has more than doubled its spring fundraising goal of $5,000 for Replant Mount Oread, bringing in more than $11,000 during a one-month campaign. The campaign is an effort to involve the...

Thu, 04/10/2014 — For the most part, researchers have treated violent aggression and substance abuse as two separate conditions. But not surprisingly, the two disorders often exist concurrently in individuals, making it hard to determine if and how the two are...

Thu, 04/10/2014 — The Hall Center for the Humanities will host “Inequality in the Post-Civil Rights Era: A KU Symposium Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.” The symposium, which takes place Thursday, April 17, will feature two...

Wed, 04/09/2014 — The University of Kansas has launched a new website to help faculty and staff create online materials that are accessible to individuals with disabilities. The new website, content.accessibility.ku.edu, is a tool for all members of the KU...

Wed, 04/09/2014 — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran will receive a national award for his support of science research at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. Sen. Moran will receive the Champion of Science Award from the...

Wed, 04/09/2014 — As anyone who has attended Kansas public schools can attest, the Western Meadowlark is the state bird, and the Wild Native Sunflower is its official state flower. Now they can add two signature Kansas fossil animals to the list of exemplary...

Wed, 04/09/2014 — A University of Kansas alumnus who has made a career of creating reproductions of early humans and dinosaurs will discuss his work as a paleo-artist in a public lecture in Kansas City. Although the title of paleo-artist may be unfamiliar, the...

Wed, 04/09/2014 — LAWRENCE – The Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity at the University of Kansas will host the annual Women’s Recognition Banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the Kansas Union Ballroom. The program, which recognizes outstanding women in the Kansas community, will induct six new members to the KU Women’s Hall of Fame and honor one KU graduate with the Pioneer Woman award. In addition to the Hall of Fame inductees and the Pioneer Award recipient, 15 women will receive annual awards designed for students, staff, faculty, and alumnae who have enriched and improved the campus and community through their service, teaching for involvement. The women’s

Wed, 04/09/2014 — LAWRENCE – The world’s premier conference for linguistic research on African languages will be hosted this year at the University of Kansas. More than 200 attendees from the U.S., Africa and Europe will travel to Lawrence for the 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics from April 17 to 19. The conference is hosted by the KU Department of Linguistics. A unique feature of this year’s conference is a special KU undergraduate session dedicated to increasing awareness of language endangerment and the plight of Africa’s endangered languages. Registration costs will be waived for all KU students. Interested students should contact Harold Torrence at 785-864-2882 or

Wed, 04/09/2014 — The University of Kansas has announced its Employees of the Month for October 2013-March 2014, who are under consideration along with April-September 2013 honorees to be named the Employee of the Year at the annual recognition ceremony, which...


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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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