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
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 — 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
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 — 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-
Mon, 10/20/2014 — The Commons will bring renowned writer and activist Margaret Atwood to the University of Kansas to deliver the Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture.
The event will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 2, 2015, in the Ballroom in the Kansas Union. A...
Fri, 10/17/2014 — A University of Kansas professor is part of a research team in eastern Crete that has identified the most complete existing record of a prehistoric Greek pottery workshop.
John Younger, professor of classics, has worked since 2011 on an...
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."
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...
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
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
Thu, 10/09/2014 — LAWRENCE – A popular comedian’s podcast that has fellow comics talking openly about mental illness has redefined the relationship between celebrity and fan.
Vincent Meserko, a University of Kansas doctoral student in communication studies, closely studied comedian Paul Gilmartin’s podcast “Mental Illness Happy Hour” and found that the broadcasting technology of podcasts allows the audience to connect to the performer on a more intimate level and makes the audience feel as though the performer was one of them.
Meserko’s findings are detailed in the article “Going Mental: Podcasting, Authenticity, and the Artist-Fan Identification on Paul Gilmartin’s Mental Illness
Wed, 10/08/2014 — The Columbine High School massacre that involved two students opening fire and throwing pipe bombs in the Colorado school in 1999 touched off heightened attention on school security and safety. But several other school shootings have occurred in...
Mon, 10/06/2014 — LAWRENCE – As research in the digital humanities continues to flourish, new technologies will increasingly provide interpretations of historical data never before possible. Environmental history represents a unique interdisciplinary field ripe to benefit from the intersection of computing and the humanities. Sara Gregg, associate professor of history at the University of Kansas, and Library GIS Specialist Rhonda Houser, KU, will use a Collaborative Research Seed Grant, awarded by the Hall Center for the Humanities, to investigate in an innovative way the environmental effect of the Homestead Acts on the West.
Scholars have provided a narrative history of
Fri, 10/03/2014 — A sophisticated and farcical comedy, “Tovarich” relates the tale of a Russian grand duchess and her prince in Paris on the run from the Bolsheviks, who have overthrown the Russian monarchy. The play will open Oct. 17 at University Theatre.
Fri, 10/03/2014 — LAWRENCE – At the prospect of meeting a "real" shaman in Seoul for the first time, Kyoim Yun was almost overcome by anxiety. Her idea that shamans possess mysterious power and were not quite at home in the modern world both fascinated and intimidated her. What she saw was a series of hardball negotiations between the shaman and client as well as between deities and humans.
The intense bargaining caught Yun, an assistant professor of East Asian languages and culture at the University of Kansas, by surprise. It also sent her down a new research path.
For more than a decade, Yun has been traveling to Cheju (Jeju) Island, a popular tourist destination off Korea’s
Thu, 10/02/2014 — Known for offering the most foreign languages in the region, the University of Kansas has established a new school to build upon its depth of expertise. The School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at KU was approved at the September...