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Tue, 04/01/2014 — LAWRENCE – The First World War 100 years ago marked a turning point in the history of Europe. However, contrary to the idea that Europeans’ nationalist ideals fueled the conflict, such views didn’t become widespread until the aftermath of the deadly combat came into focus. The University of Kansas has invited historian Michael Neiberg to explain how ordinary Europeans, unlike their political and military leaders, neither wanted nor expected war during the fateful summer of 1914. Using letters, diaries and memoirs of citizens across Europe, Neiberg dispels the notion that ordinary Europeans were rabid nationalists intent on mass slaughter. Rather, civilians watched

Tue, 04/01/2014 — i.e., translating academic discoveries into commercially viable products that improve lives and grow the economy. The award is sponsored by the University of Kansas ...

Mon, 03/31/2014 — For the past seven years, Steve Warren has encouraged and inspired University of Kansas faculty to do more research. Starting this summer, KU’s longtime vice chancellor for research will follow his own advice. Warren, a professor in the...

Mon, 03/31/2014 — LAWRENCE – After Russia’s invasion of Crimea, the West is wondering what comes next in its relationship with the former Cold War enemy. A University of Kansas professor believes to better understand Russia’s motives, political commentators and scholars would benefit from looking at Russia’s recent actions through the lens of Russia’s unique “geopolitics code." Mariya Omelicheva, an associate professor of political science and an expert on Russian foreign policy, said Russia’s foreign policy is shaped by its contemporary experiences, history and philosophical and intellectual traditions. The conflicting identity of “Western state” versus “unique civilization” has

Mon, 03/31/2014 — Lavon Brosseau, of Concordia, has made a $150,000 gift to create three endowed $50,000 funds for the University of Kansas. Her gift established two funds at the Spencer Museum of Art: a Creativity Award for undergraduate students and a Student...

Mon, 03/31/2014 — The French Revolution has contributed to a lasting historical image of lower working-class groups in Europe and their involvement in riotous or revolutionary action. But a University of Kansas researcher who studies British history says a...

Fri, 03/28/2014 — University of Kansas students will present research at the Global Scholars Symposium this weekend on topics ranging from graffiti in Brazil to modern African literature. The symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29,...

Fri, 03/28/2014 — The third and fourth finalists for the position of vice provost for diversity and equity at the University of Kansas will each give a public presentation and take questions from KU faculty, staff and other members of the community next...

Fri, 03/28/2014 — On June 28, 1914, the heir to the Habsburg throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, Sophie, were murdered by a Serbian nationalist. This gruesome event triggered a war never before seen: a “total war” now known as World War I. Yet,...

Fri, 03/28/2014 — LAWRENCE – The Hall Center for the Humanities will host the 12th annual Celebration of Books published by humanities, social sciences and arts faculty in 2013. The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the Hall Center Conference Hall. It is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Contact the Hall Center by email to attend. The Friends of the Hall Center sponsor this event. The celebration will recognize the 32 faculty members who published 36 books in such varied topics as evolution in Victorian novels, policing in Jack the Ripper’s London, American black Israelite religions, Muslim women’s education and the way political

Thu, 03/27/2014 — LAWRENCE – June 28, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, an event that ignited World War I and went on to shape the 20th century. From World War I-era art to letters written in the trenches, the University of Kansas has resources that shed light on the war and its lingering influence. KU experts can speak to the lesser-studied Eastern Front, surveillance during the war, art and culture from 1914 to 1918, and the contributions that KU and Kansas made to the war effort. To showcase these resources and faculty experts, the university will host programs, conferences and other educational opportunities as part of the four-

Thu, 03/27/2014 — The University of Kansas is co-sponsoring the Kansas chapter of the American Planning Association’s spring symposium, Sustainability: Doing It the Kansas Way. The event will be Friday, March 28, at the Eldridge Hotel. The morning...

Thu, 03/27/2014 — University of Kansas Libraries will host “The Legacies & Unfinished Business of BvB, 2.0” in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board, the landmark Supreme Court ruling on racial segregation. The symposium, taking place...

Thu, 03/27/2014 — Steve Ilardi, associate professor of psychology, has been awarded the 2014 H.O.P.E. Award by the University of Kansas Board of Class Officers. Established by the Class of 1959, the H.O.P.E. (Honor for an Outstanding Progressive Educator) Award...

Wed, 03/26/2014 — A $500,000 gift from the Hall Family Foundation will endow the directorship of the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. This permanently endowed fund will provide support for salary, travel and advancement of the...

Wed, 03/26/2014 — University of Kansas students are invited to share their entrepreneurial ideas and translational research – and compete for $4,500 in prize money – at the second annual Innovation Fair at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Kansas Union Ballroom.

Wed, 03/26/2014 — The University Press of Kansas invites the public to consider the process that goes into crafting the look of a book with the Association of American University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. Described by one designer as an “arcane...

Tue, 03/25/2014 — LAWRENCE – "The Sublime and Beautiful," a feature film shot in and around the University of Kansas and drawing from the talents of the university’s students and alumni, will screen at a series of film festivals throughout the country this spring. A window into the raw emotions of grief, the independent film premiered January at Slamdance, held in Park City, Utah. Written and directed by Blake Robbins, the film follows the path of grief for university professor David Conrad (played by Robbins) and his wife, Kelly, after their three children die in a drunken-driving accident in a small Midwestern town. Laura Kirk, a KU lecturer and alumna, portrays the grieving

Tue, 03/25/2014 — LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has selected an experienced administrator with multidisciplinary perspective to serve as the next associate dean for the School of the Arts at the University of Kansas. Henry Bial will bring more than a decade of leadership experience when he takes on the post July 1. Bial is jointly appointed as an associate professor in the departments of American Studies and Theatre. Bial’s involvement across disciplines played a crucial role in his selection as associate dean. “Henry Bial’s multidisciplinary background is an ideal match for the School of the Arts. As part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the

Tue, 03/25/2014 — The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications invites the public to view "The Conflict Zone," a traveling photography exhibit featuring images from frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan. The exhibit, which depicts the reality...


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