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Fri, 02/13/2015 — The University of Kansas School of Engineering has selected a new associate dean for undergraduate studies. Lorin Maletsky, associate professor of mechanical engineering, assumed the role Jan. 1. Maletsky’s duties include overseeing admission...

Fri, 02/13/2015 — Four outstanding juniors at the University of Kansas have been nominated to compete for Harry S. Truman Scholarships. The students, all of whom are from Kansas, are competing for the prestigious national awards, which provide up to $30,000 for...

Fri, 02/13/2015 — LAWRENCE – Three humanities faculty members and two graduate students were awarded travel grants by the Hall Center for the Humanities to aid in their research. The Hall Center provides financial support to researchers who require domestic or international travel undertaken as a necessary component of a research or creative project. Patricia Manning, associate professor of Spanish & Portuguese, received funding to travel to Madrid, Spain. Manning’s project, “Booksellers’ Influence: Marketing and Editing Novella Collections in Early Modern Madrid,” contends that a savvy group of Madrid booksellers created the enduring marketability of the novela cortesana (“

Thu, 02/12/2015 — YODER – Fifty-six new law enforcement officers were congratulated by Chief Richard Johnson of the University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Feb. 6. The new officers were members of the 232nd 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 Oct. 13, 2014, represented 39 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and

Thu, 02/12/2015 — Several University of Kansas professors are available to speak with media about Black History Month, education, civil rights, American race relations and related topics. John Rury, professor of educational leadership and policy studies and...

Thu, 02/12/2015 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas alumna who helps “Sesame Street” strike the right balance between entertainment and education will visit campus to talk about her career with the beloved children’s television series.  Rosemarie Truglio, senior vice president of global curriculum and content at Sesame Workshop, will speak about her career at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The lecture, titled “Lessons from ‘Sesame Street,’” is free and open to the public. Truglio was named a Distinguished Alumna of the KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in 2013. The award is the highest recognition the College bestows upon its graduates

Thu, 02/12/2015 — If you want to know whether people are flirting with you, look at what they say and do. Each person has a different tactic for communicating attraction, or flirting style, and new research suggests that during a short get-to-know-you...

Thu, 02/12/2015 — How do you follow up on being named the 56th Goldwater Scholar at the University of Kansas? If you’re Ryan Limbocker, senior from Overland Park, you keep accelerating toward your goal of finding the origins of diseases such as Huntington’s...

Wed, 02/11/2015 — This spring the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning is hosting the Design Futures Public Interest Design Leadership Forum. Its organizers seek proposals from KU faculty who may be interested in giving a workshop or...

Wed, 02/11/2015 — To better understand the University of Kansas student community’s attitudes and experiences related to sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, the university is asking students to take part in a sexual harassment climate...

Wed, 02/11/2015 — A University of Kansas journalism professor is available to speak to media about the suspension of Brian Williams, "NBC Nightly News" anchor and managing editor. Williams was suspended for six months without pay by NBC News following revelations...

Wed, 02/11/2015 — LAWRENCE – The historical events depicted in the award-winning film “Selma” and other civil rights milestones marking 50th anniversaries over the next few years continue to garner media attention. In a book released this month, a University of Kansas professor argues that while celebrating the civil rights victories of the 1960s is appropriate, the era’s legacy weighs too heavily in framing today’s racial issues. Clarence Lang, associate professor of African and African-American studies, said the mythology created around the civil rights struggle of the 1960s has hampered society’s ability to look at present-day economic, social and political trends when analyzing

Wed, 02/11/2015 — LAWRENCE – The two residence halls under construction on Daisy Hill now have names that honor three of the University of Kansas’ most generous benefactors. One of the halls will be named after the late Al and Lila Self, the single most generous donors in KU history. The other will be named for the late Charley Oswald, who ranks among the top five donors to KU. The Kansas Board of Regents approved the naming of the halls during its meeting in Topeka on Feb. 11. “The generosity of Al and Lila Self and Charley Oswald has truly changed the fabric of our university and enhanced the lives of countless students and faculty. It is only fitting that their generosity be

Wed, 02/11/2015 — The second of four candidates for dean of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Kansas will give a public presentation from 1-2:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at The Forum in Marvin Hall. A reception will...

Tue, 02/10/2015 — The time has finally come to end the separation of special education and general education students, researchers at the University of Kansas argue in a new publication. Not only does research show that all students have higher achievement in...

Tue, 02/10/2015 — Nearly 140 companies and agencies will attend the Spring Engineering and Computing Career Fair, set for noon to 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Kansas Union. Students should review the complete of employers​ and study those of interest prior...

Tue, 02/10/2015 — Average groundwater levels in western Kansas continued to decline in 2014 but at a slower rate than over the past four years. Levels in central Kansas declined in 2014 after increases in 2013. That’s according to preliminary data compiled by...

Tue, 02/10/2015 — The KU School of the Arts recently awarded four students nearly $6,000 in interdisciplinary research grants. The grants are faculty-mentored and will fund research and creative projects exploring a range of topics. “We’ve known for a long...

Mon, 02/09/2015 — A $1 million gift from The Bernard Osher Foundation will strengthen an endowed fund that benefits the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a unit of Continuing Education at the University of Kansas. Founded in 2004, the institute at KU offers a...

Mon, 02/09/2015 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas alumna who was named a 2014 MacArthur “genius” will return to campus to give the annual February Sisters lecture. Sarah Deer will discuss “Sovereignty of the Soul: Native Feminism and Violent Crime” at the 43rd Annual February Sisters Commemoration. Her talk takes place at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Malott Room. A national leader in the effort to protect Native women from gender violence, Deer is a professor at the William Mitchell College of Law and a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. She has documented in


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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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