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Mon, 10/21/2013 — LAWRENCE – Matthew Pettway, the fall 2013 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor, will present “Race, Religion and Ritual: Afro-Cuban Poets in the Age of Revolution” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Pettway is an assistant professor of Spanish at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. His research is in Cuban cultural studies, hispanophone Caribbean literature and 19th century Latin American letters. The Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship was established at the University of Kansas in 1977 in honor of the African-American poet, playwright and fiction writer who

Mon, 10/21/2013 — The known risks of smoking and other types of tobacco usage have yet to dissuade all youth from picking up the habit. Now, a University of Kansas professor has co-authored a pair of studies examining whether media literacy training can help...

Fri, 10/18/2013 — The University of Kansas Department of Sociology will welcome Princeton University Professor Robert Wuthnow as this year's Carroll D. Clark lecturer. Wuthnow will present "Red State Religion: Conservative Resurgence in Kansas and Texas” at 4 p.

Fri, 10/18/2013 — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback joined alumni, donors and community members today as the University of Kansas School of Business celebrated the start of construction of its new $65.7 million building project. The 2 p.m. event culminated in a...

Fri, 10/18/2013 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas, consistently recognized as a military-friendly university, is now among a select few universities nationwide to provide Army officers specialized graduate level education in more than one world region. KU has added a new, intensive master’s degree concentration, foreign affairs studies, which allows officers to deepen and diversify their expertise in a variety of regions. The concentration was designed specifically for Army foreign area officers, who need an in-depth, regionally focused master’s level program to enhance their existing language proficiency and first-hand knowledge of a region. “The military is increasingly

Thu, 10/17/2013 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas’ five-year strategic plan, Bold Aspirations, calls for a commitment to invest resources strategically around four research themes. KU created a Research Investment Council to turn that commitment into funding, and faculty and staff have responded to the opportunity by launching 20 new theme-related research projects. The council, made up of eight faculty members from the Lawrence and Medical Center campuses, solicits, reviews and recommends action on Strategic Initiative Grant proposals. With four grant review competitions now completed, KU has committed $3.4 million to nine multiyear Level I awards. These involve requests of more

Thu, 10/17/2013 — Occasionally, astronomers find an extraordinary “lensing galaxy” that can enhance light like a telescope from even deeper reaches of universe — brightening and magnifying background galaxies up to 30 times.  Now, an astronomer at the...

Thu, 10/17/2013 — A military aircraft mounted with a massive, four-megawatt laser designed to sense an incoming missile and shoot it down in flight might sound like a creation in a science fiction novel. But eight University of Kansas School of Engineering...

Thu, 10/17/2013 — The University of Kansas School of Business new building groundbreaking ceremony, originally planned for the tennis courts on Naismith Drive, has been moved indoors to the Lied Center because of potential inclement weather. The event will...

Thu, 10/17/2013 — The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy will present its Distinguished Service Award to Max Heidrick, of Beloit, on Friday, Oct. 18, at the School of Pharmacy building. Heidrick, a 1971 graduate of the School of Pharmacy, owns S&S Drug...

Wed, 10/16/2013 — LAWRENCE – An acclaimed opera singer and a Nobel Prize-winning economist will receive honorary degrees from the University of Kansas at its 2014 Commencement. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little recommended to the Kansas Board of Regents that mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and economist Vernon Smith be awarded honorary doctorates. The board approved that recommendation during its meeting today. The degrees will be presented May 18, 2014, in Memorial Stadium. “Both of our honorees have contributed to our society, whether by taking us on emotional journeys through song or by advancing our understanding of economic decision making. They are role models for our students,

Wed, 10/16/2013 — Mexican human rights activist Francisco Cerezo will visit the University of Kansas to discuss the role of U.S. drug policy in the increased violence, militarization and political repression currently being experienced in Mexico. His lecture,...

Wed, 10/16/2013 — LAWRENCE – A leadership institute at the University of Kansas has expanded so female students from the state of Kansas can work alongside women from around the world on projects to make changes in their communities. The Women’s Leadership Institute will for the first time invite students from around the state to participate in its four-week residency at the KU campus with students from countries in areas including the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa. Undergraduate women at Kansas universities and colleges are invited to apply, with preference to applicants from small or rural communities. The institute directors, who come from small communities, view the

Tue, 10/15/2013 — Jill Lepore, author of the National Book Award long-listed "Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin," will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Her lecture, "Unseen — The History of...

Tue, 10/15/2013 —  The Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas will host an internship fair to give students the opportunity to explore the film and media industry. The internship fair will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct....

Tue, 10/15/2013 — Sports and coaching depend on motivation. One might not think of psychology as relevant to youth sports, but a University of Kansas doctoral student and professor have authored a study detailing how sports psychology professionals can help youth...

Tue, 10/15/2013 — The University of Kansas will join more than 900 institutions from over 90 countries around the world in celebrating shared information and scholarly research as part of the annual Open Access Week from Oct. 21 to Oct. 25. KU Libraries’ Office...

Tue, 10/15/2013 — The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy is teaming up with the United Way of the Plains to provide 1,000 flu vaccines Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Guadalupe Clinic and the Lord’s Diner in Wichita. The United Way of the Plains provided...

Tue, 10/15/2013 — Lisa Kurek, a nationally recognized trainer in grant writing and commercialization for entrepreneurs, will present a free workshop at the University of Kansas, "Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants: How to be Successful at the...

Mon, 10/14/2013 —  The weather is cooling down, and the Department of Visual Art at the University of Kansas has just the event to warm up the community. The department will host the 2013 Fire Spectacular with the Lawrence Arts Center to celebrate fire’s role...


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