UC Forum: The KU Core, a Renewed Beginning for all KU Undergraduates

Presented by Christopher Haufler, KU Professor of Systematic Botany
"The KU Core is the product of literally hundreds of dedicated individuals meeting for thousands of hours to consider the goals of a KU undergraduate education. After more than three years of work and much community involvement, the new curriculum will take effect with the entering class of fall 2013. Built on a set of six educational goals, the KU Core stretches across all schools and the College and is also being adopted by the KU Med School. The presentation will provide a brief history, current status, and anticipated next steps in developing the KU Core curriculum" University-Community Forum has been bringing together the KU and Lawrence communities since the 1940s. It is a series of presentations by faculty, students, and community members to educate and facilitate dialogue on ideas and events that shape our society. Optional lunch at 11:30am, lecture at 12pm.
February 13, 2013
11:30 am - 01:00 pm
ECM Center, 1204 Oread Ave
(785) 843 4933


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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