Fri, 10/17/2014 — LAWRENCE – Images of rotting, flesh-eating zombies familiar to fans of "The Walking Dead" are far removed from the Haitian folklore that inspired the term. But the different Hollywood and Haitian versions of zombies are an example of how different cultures interpret ideas of death, dying and the afterlife.
Through cultural concepts such as the Haitian zombie and Mexico's Day of the Dead, Peter Haney, assistant director for the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas, explores with students the circulation of ideas about death and death-in-life in the Americas in a course titled “Life, Death and the Living Dead."
Thu, 10/16/2014 — LAWRENCE – As fighting in Syria pushes up against the Turkish border, a University of Kansas scholar can provide insight into Turkey’s political mindset.
At home and around the world, Turkey has been called into question for its reluctance to provide military support to the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani, which is under attack by Islamic State fighters.
Michael Wuthrich, the assistant director for the Center for Global & International Studies, is an expert on Turkish and Middle East politics. Wuthrich, who lived in Turkey for nine years, researches political parties, political opposition, social movements and Kurdish ethnic groups. Wuthrich’s book “Turkey
Thu, 10/16/2014 — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will host a pre-election panel featuring expert faculty and journalists to examine the current Kansas gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns.
“Center Stage: Kansas Elections 2014”...
Thu, 10/16/2014 — Increased durability for dental fillings. Genetically engineered tissues that seamlessly integrate with the body. Improved methods for oil extraction. Better catalysts for fuel cells and chemicals and fuels production. These are just a few of...
Thu, 10/16/2014 — LAWRENCE – Leading scholars in international, immigration and human rights law will explore the legal complexities surrounding human migration at the 2014 Kansas Law Review Symposium.
“Statelessness and Belonging: Perspectives on Human Migration” will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the University of Kansas School of Law. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register and preview the complete schedule at law.ku.edu/stateless.
Speakers from across the country will discuss topics such as: refugee and asylum adjudication; ethics and values in the U.S. immigration system; citizenship and global public health crises
Thu, 10/16/2014 — A recent case in which students were disciplined for wearing controversial bracelets highlights the eroding protections for student speech, and the time has come to add a question of intent to the oft-cited standard for determining whether such...
Thu, 10/16/2014 — Although American ground troop involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is winding down, the nation will deal with the aftermath of both wars for years to come.
Questions and debate remain from how to successfully end military action to...
Wed, 10/15/2014 — LAWRENCE – Three leaders in three very different fields will be honored for their contributions to our society during the University of Kansas’ 2015 Commencement.
Civil rights attorney Jack Greenberg, leader in nursing research Ada Sue Hinshaw and best-selling author Sara Paretsky will receive their honorary degrees May 17, 2015. The three were submitted to the Kansas Board of Regents by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, and the Regents approved their nominations Oct. 15.
“Our three honorees demonstrate that the success of our society depends on contributions from individuals in a wide range of disciplines. Through their leadership, each of our honorees has made
Wed, 10/15/2014 — Communications professionals brought prestige to the University of Kansas with 13 awards for work on videos, social media and other projects that showcase the best of the state’s flagship university.
KU brought home four gold and nine silver...
Wed, 10/15/2014 — A National Science Foundation proposal driven by the University of Kansas has resulted in the creation of a new Kansas City-based Census research data center that will provide researchers access to the nation’s highest-quality data for...
Wed, 10/15/2014 — With the help of three area companies, the University of Kansas School of Business is introducing a new research initiative this fall that will study the customer experience.
The Center for Integrated Customer Experience is a collaborative...
Wed, 10/15/2014 — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas and KU School of Law will welcome guest speakers Tom Fisher and Roberta Kaplan, and moderator Stephen McAllister, for the 2014 Constitution Day program “Same-sex Marriage –...
Wed, 10/15/2014 — Chancellor Gray-Little will present the 2014 Annual Report for Bold Aspirations, the five-year strategic plan for the University of Kansas, to the Kansas Board of Regents today, noting major accomplishments that have been achieved through the...
Tue, 10/14/2014 — KU Marketing Communications is planning Lawrence campus flyovers from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15. An alternate date of Oct. 16 is reserved for fairer weather conditions.
The purpose of the flyovers is to produce new photographs and video...
Tue, 10/14/2014 — LAWRENCE – Nearly 350 scholars from across the nation will come to the University of Kansas from Thursday, Oct. 16, through Saturday, Oct. 18, for the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
The conference theme, “Translating Research into Practice” will explore treatment and prevention methods on a range of topics in child, adolescent and family mental health including anxiety and OCD, ADHD, suicidal behavior, bipolar disorder, depression, health care reform and more. The conference will include keynote addresses, topical reviews and poster presentations.
Students and professionals from across the country attend the conference to learn,
Tue, 10/14/2014 — LAWRENCE – From Rico of “Little Caesar" to Nucky Thompson of “Boardwalk Empire," a University of Kansas scholar has studied Americans’ fascination with gangsters in film and television.
The gangster genre allows audiences to experience an inversion of the American Dream, said Ron Wilson, a lecturer in the Department of Film & Media Studies.
“It’s an American success story, but it’s not part of the Puritan ethic of perseverance and working hard. The gangster circumvents that by illegitimate means,” Wilson said. “But the whole crime doesn’t pay metanarrative still applies. You don’t expect the gangster to become completely successful. We expect some kind of
Mon, 10/13/2014 — Few people devote time to pondering the ancient origins of the eel-like lamprey, yet the evolutionary saga of the bloodsucker holds essential clues to the biological roots of humanity.
Today, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...
Mon, 10/13/2014 — The names of more than 950 graduates from the University of Kansas this summer — representing 47 Kansas counties, 41 other states and and 25 other countries — have been announced by the University Registrar.
Graduates are listed below by...
Fri, 10/10/2014 — Celebrating the vibrant film cultures of Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil and Spain, ¡Vamos! Spanish Language Film Festival will bring contemporary international films to Lawrence. Free and open to the public, the festival opens Wednesday, Oct.
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LAWRENCE – Each fall, communities throughout Kansas and the Midwest mark their German heritage and affection for beer with Oktoberfest celebrations. For decades, a University of Kansas professor has studied the lasting legacy of the region’s large influx of German immigrants and the many dialects of language they brought with them.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, after Spanish, German is the second most common non-English language spoken in homes in Kansas and most other Midwest states. In a cluster of counties in Kansas, German is even more common than Spanish.
William Keel, a professor of Germanic literature and languages, has tracked the immigrant