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Tue, 02/24/2015 — LAWRENCE - Students from eight Kansas high schools were honored Feb. 12 by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment. A total of 25 seniors from high schools in Marshall and Washington counties were recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars at dinner and program at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art, 201 S. Ninth St., Marysville. Since 1971, the Kansas Honors Program has recognized over 125,000 scholars who rank in the top 10 percent of their high school senior classes and are selected regardless of occupational plans or higher-education goals. Each year, the KU Alumni Association and its volunteers host 36 programs

Tue, 02/24/2015 — Students from 10 Kansas high schools were honored Feb. 16 by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment. A total of 77 seniors from high schools in Cherokee and Crawford counties were recognized for their academic achievements...

Tue, 02/24/2015 — Congress could potentially shut down the U.S. Department of Homeland Security if it doesn't resolve a budget fight over President Obama's immigration policies. University of Kansas researchers who study federal agencies and partisanship say U.S.

Tue, 02/24/2015 — A pioneering initiative designed to assist University of Kansas graduate students in the humanities, arts and social sciences pursue careers outside of the professoriate will take place May 18-22 when the Hall Center for the Humanities unveils...

Tue, 02/24/2015 — Students from 12 Kansas high schools were honored Feb. 11 by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment. A total of 54 seniors from high schools in Barton, Edwards, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties were recognized for their...

Tue, 02/24/2015 —  University of Kansas research has found that Hispanic children entering the child welfare system in the United States had the highest need for early intervention services yet were the least likely to actually get help. A KU team is now offering...

Tue, 02/24/2015 — Students from eight Kansas high schools will be honored Wednesday, Feb. 25, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment. A total of 36 seniors from high schools in Atchison, Brown and Doniphan counties will be recognized...

Tue, 02/24/2015 — Today, Alaska became the third U.S. state to decriminalize recreational use of marijuana. The law comes into effect following a 2014 vote in which state citizens approved legalizing use and cultivation of up to six plants at home for adults in...

Tue, 02/24/2015 — Students from seven Kansas high schools will be honored Wednesday, Feb. 25, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment. A total of 35 seniors from high schools in Jackson and Nemaha counties will be recognized for their...

Tue, 02/24/2015 — Students from nine Kansas high schools were honored Feb. 16 by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment. A total of 25 seniors from high schools in Cloud, Jewell, Mitchell and Republic counties were recognized for their...

Mon, 02/23/2015 — Just as Langston Hughes talked of his childhood in Lawrence influencing his artistic life, poet Kevin Young can claim a similar geographic lens through which his contemporary poetry flows. Young, though born three years after Hughes' death in...

Mon, 02/23/2015 — Nominations will be accepted through April 1 for the 2015 Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards. The awards – one in each of four broad areas of study – are the highest honor given for Kansas Board of Regents university faculty...

Mon, 02/23/2015 — The fourth and final candidate for dean of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Kansas will give a public presentation 1-2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at The Forum in Marvin Hall with a reception immediately...

Mon, 02/23/2015 —  Qualifying University of Kansas students have until Sunday, March 1, to submit applications for the 2015 Jerry Bailey Educational Opportunity Scholarship. The award is part of the Achievement & Assessment Institute’s (AAI) Center for...

Fri, 02/20/2015 — Approximately 4,970 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2014 semester. The students, from KU’s Lawrence campus and the schools of Health Professions and Nursing in Kansas City, Kansas,...

Fri, 02/20/2015 — LAWRENCE – One of the oldest firsthand accounts of a cross-dresser should be reclassified from historical memoir to fantasy, a University of Kansas professor argues. Paul Scott, associate professor of French, casts doubt on the memoirs of François-Timoléon de Choisy, an abbot, historian and nobleman who wrote a manuscript about living under several female guises during his twenties in 17th century France. The memoirs includes accounts of a series of female lovers, some of whom he dressed as young men, and fathering a daughter. Found by a nephew and published after Choisy’s death in 1724, the manuscript was published as a memoir. Ever since, scholars have largely

Fri, 02/20/2015 — The KU Debate team of senior Jyleesa Hampton, Overland Park, and first-year student Quaram Robinson, Round Rock, Texas, has been recognized as a first-round, at-large qualifier for the National Debate Tournament, which will take place at the...

Fri, 02/20/2015 — Notable poet Natasha Trethewey will speak and read from her works at 7:30 p.m. March 3 in Woodruff Auditorium at the Kansas Union. Her presentation, "Poetry and History: An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014) Natasha Trethewey,” is...

Thu, 02/19/2015 — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced the launch of its new Director’s Series. Programs are selected based on diverse political topics that are of particular interest to the institute’s director.  Each...

Thu, 02/19/2015 — The University of Kansas is among the top universities in the nation – and the top in the Big 12 – for 2014-15 Fulbright Scholars, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Six KU faculty members are U.S. Fulbright Scholars for this...


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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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