Tue, 10/28/2014 — LAWRENCE – Nov. 9 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event that symbolized the eventual collapse of communism and emergence of capitalism throughout Eastern Europe.
Professors at the University of Kansas can provide insight into one of the most significant events of the 20th century. Their expertise ranges from Cold War history to novels inspired by the events following the end of communism. Several KU professors were in Germany when the wall fell or lived in Eastern Europe in the years that followed, witnessing the sometimes difficult transition from a socialist to capitalist society.
The following KU professors are available to provide
Tue, 10/28/2014 — Students from eight Kansas high schools will be honored Wednesday, Nov. 12, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment.
A total of 67 seniors from high schools in in Dickinson, Geary and Morris counties will be...
Tue, 10/28/2014 — Students from seven Kansas high schools will be honored Wednesday, Nov. 12, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment.
A total of 45 seniors from high schools in Chautauqua and Cowley counties will be recognized for...
Tue, 10/28/2014 — Ayesha Hardison, the Fall 2014 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor, will present “Of Maids and Ladies: The Ethics of Living Jane Crow” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union. The lecture is free and open to the...
Tue, 10/28/2014 — Audio-Reader honored a group of volunteers with 750 years of service among them earlier this month during the organization’s annual appreciation dinner. Among the 54 volunteers honored was Chuck Fisher, Lawrence, the second volunteer in...
Tue, 10/28/2014 — LAWRENCE In her new book, “Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews,” Lynn Davidman, the Robert M. Beren Distinguished Professor of Modern Jewish Studies and professor of sociology at the University of Kansas, traces the journeys of Hasidim (Ultra-Orthodox Jews) who chose to leave the strict enclave religious communities in which they grew up. Hasidic life is based on strict adherence to the 613 commandments in the Hebrew Scriptures, and it is maintained by the high physical and social boundaries the community establishes as a way of avoiding the polluting influence of the larger society.
This book is due out from Oxford University Press on Friday, Oct. 31
Tue, 10/28/2014 — Harry Markopolos, known internationally as the man who discovered Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, will present the 2014 Walter S. Sutton Ethics Lecture on Monday, Nov. 10, at the Kansas City Club.
His talk is free and open to the public,
Mon, 10/27/2014 — Building better support systems that help improve the lives of Kansas children and families is the primary focus of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet & Trust Fund. Now, with key assistance from the Center for Public Partnerships & Research...
Mon, 10/27/2014 — The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas has launched a student-run strategic communications agency, thanks to donors who have provided $400,000 in support to date.
Known as “The...
Mon, 10/27/2014 — Action taken by the Kansas Board of Regents earlier this month advances a University of Kansas plan for only its second new residence hall construction project since 1966. The board approved preliminary plans for KU Student Housing to build a...
Mon, 10/27/2014 — LAWRENCE – More than 3,500 people helped Kansas Public Radio conclude a successful fall membership drive after they reached their goal of $250,000.
After eight days of on-air fund raising, KPR ended its fall membership drive with $254,366 in pledges. At noon Friday, Oct. 24, KPR wrapped up Fall Fanfare 2014 with pledges from 1,915 listener-members.
The membership drive began Oct. 14, with more than $94,000 raised through a direct-mail campaign. Seven fundraising days later, more than $160,000 was raised on-air by pledges from new and renewing members.
“Each membership drive our listeners tell us how much they love the programming, and they are willing to put their
Mon, 10/27/2014 — An interdisciplinary research team at the University of Kansas is leading a project to study how children and families save and gain financial knowledge. Researchers Barbara Phipps, Karin Chang, Utako Minai, Emily Rauscher and Terri Friedline,...
Fri, 10/24/2014 — Amy Wilentz, journalist, author and expert on the politics and culture of Haiti, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in Woodruff Auditorium at the Kansas Union. Her lecture, "Haiti: Tragedy and Hope,” is part of the Hall Center for the...
Fri, 10/24/2014 — The University of Kansas has announced the September Employees of the Month. They are as follows:
Name: Ronald Allen
Start date: 2009
Current title: Senior plumber at Facilities Services’ Central Plumbing Shop
What that means: Allen...
Fri, 10/24/2014 — LAWRENCE – "Call your mother" may be the familiar refrain, but research from the University of Kansas shows that being able to text, email and 'Facebook' dad may be just as important for young adults.
Jennifer Schon, a doctoral student in communication studies, found that adult children’s relationship satisfaction with their parents is modestly influenced by the number of communication tools, such as cell phones, email, social networking sites, that they use to communicate.
Schon had 367 adults between the ages of 18 and 29 fill out a survey on what methods of communications they used to connect with their parents, how often they used the technology and how
Fri, 10/24/2014 — LAWRENCE – The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced that due to the potential conflict with Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, the Institute will postpone its evening forum, “Is It Time to Recognize Cuba?,” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Institute leadership, in consultation with co-sponsor Pan American Association of Kansas City (PANAM-KC), concluded that the potential conflict might make it difficult for interested community members to attend.
Additionally, the complexity of the program logistics prevents the Institute from delaying this decision until further into the World Series, as it would increase the possibility
Thu, 10/23/2014 — Researchers in the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare have completed initial efforts to learn more about adoption and the foster care system in Kansas, particularly about the challenges and facilitators of successful adoptions. The...
Thu, 10/23/2014 — LAWRENCE – Laura Moriarty has been a member of the University of Kansas faculty since 2008, but for the next 48 hours she’ll be the university’s distinguished guest in celebration of her 2003 novel, “The Center of Everything.” Moriarty will be welcomed as the author of the 2014 KU Common Book for a pair of public events.
Moriarty will present a keynote at An Evening with Author Laura Moriarty at 7:30 p.m. today, Oct. 23, at the Lied Center. She will also participate in a more intimate session as part of Coffee and Conversation featuring Laura Moriarty at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the Natural History Museum.
Moriarty joined the KU faculty in 2008 and earned her
Thu, 10/23/2014 — YODER – Lenexa Police Department Chief Tom Hongslo congratulated 55 new law enforcement officers during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Sept. 12.
The new officers were members of the 230th basic training class at the center. Located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, the center is a division of University of Kansas Continuing Education.
The graduates, who began their training June 2, represented 37 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas.
Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and Kansas law enforcement certification from the Kansas
Thu, 10/23/2014 — LAWRENCE – The Hall Center for the Humanities provides many internship, research and travel opportunities for graduate students within the humanities, arts and humanistic social sciences. During the summer of 2014, six graduate students wrote, traveled and researched extensively to further their own studies within the humanities and to bring their work to the surrounding community.
Four students received Humanities Summer Graduate Internships, which pair promising graduate students interested in the public humanities with local nonprofit organizations. Students are able to gain valuable hands-on work experience while providing their local communities with much-