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Thu, 05/02/2019 — A national higher education organization has recognized the University of Kansas for the university’s commitment to first-generation students. The Center for First-generation Student Success has named KU a “First Forward” institution, a...

Thu, 05/02/2019 — The University of Kansas will honor retiring faculty and academic staff members with a lunch at noon May 23 in the Kansas Union Ballroom.  Chancellor Douglas A. Girod and Interim Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Carl Lejuez will...

Wed, 05/01/2019 — LAWRENCE – Despite the dissolution of back-to-nature hippie havens and murderous tragedies like Jonestown and the Branch Davidians, communes are alive and well in the 21st century, according to the author of a new book that completes his trilogy on the subject. Timothy Miller, professor of religious studies at the University of Kansas, has just published “Communes in America, 1975-2000.” It follows his “The Quest for Utopia in Twentieth-Century America, Volume I, 1900-1960” and “The 60s Communes: Hippies and Beyond,” all from Syracuse University Press. “Rumors of the demise of the commune are greatly exaggerated,” he wrote in the latest book. Miller will give a

Wed, 05/01/2019 — LAWRENCE – More than one white politician has landed in hot water this year after old photographs of them dressed in blackface surfaced. Clearly, racial stereotypes are still a touchy subject. So is it OK for minorities to dress in whiteface? What if it’s meant to represent an inner conflict among people of mixed-race identity? “This question implies that there is such a thing as reverse racism, and I don’t think we can even ask that without discussing the systemic inequality and racial hierarchies that result in internalized racism experienced by historically underrepresented groups,” said Nicole Hodges Persley, University of Kansas associate professor of theatre

Wed, 05/01/2019 — The 2019 Rocket Grants have awarded a total of $60,000 for 11 artist projects in the Lawrence and Kansas City area. Rocket Grants, a partnership of Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art, support...

Tue, 04/30/2019 — A team of high-energy nuclear experimental particle physicists from the University of Kansas has earned a two-year, $400,000 Department of Energy (DoE) grant to investigate strong interactions between quarks and gluons — building materials for...

Tue, 04/30/2019 —  Many businesses say their most valued assets are their people. But just about anyone who’s had a job can tell you that’s not always the case. A University of Kansas business professor has co-written a white paper examining one reason that...

Tue, 04/30/2019 — A sculpture commemorating the veterans and casualties of World War I is getting a new home on the University of Kansas campus. On campus since 1982 east of Dyche Hall, the Victory Eagle sculpture will join other KU war memorials in its new...

Tue, 04/30/2019 — The University of Kansas has announced the March 2019 Employees of the Month. They are as follows: Patricia Coombs Patricia Coombs serves as administrative associate senior on the School of Pharmacy-Wichita Campus, providing day-to-day...

Mon, 04/29/2019 — LAWRENCE - Chancellor Douglas A. Girod has approved promotion and the award of tenure, where indicated, for 78 individuals at the University of Kansas Lawrence and Edwards campuses and 73 individuals at the KU Medical Center campuses. Girod issued a shared statement of congratulations with Interim Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Carl Lejuez, who chairs the University Committee on Promotion and Tenure on the Lawrence campus, and Dr. Robert Simari, executive vice chancellor at KU Medical Center. “This is an important milestone for these exceptional faculty and scholars. They have dedicated their career toward advancing knowledge, and we hope the entire

Mon, 04/29/2019 — LAWRENCE – Several years ago, when he was supposed to be composing a work on commission, University of Kansas Professor of Music Composition Forrest Pierce came full stop. “During a period of grief, I found myself unable to compose,” he said. “The work I had been attempting, a setting of St. Francis of Assisi's "Cantico delle Creature," required too much praise … too much presence for me in my hollow condition.” Instead, he said, “I found myself thinking of my homeland in the West and the otherworldly wilderness embodied in the writing of Gary Snyder. A poem from Snyder's collection ‘Turtle Island’ called ‘A Prayer to the Great Family’ opened a window onto the

Mon, 04/29/2019 — The Board of Class Officers has announced a class gift that will honor former Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. The 2019 class gift will be a reproduction of the official portrait of Gray-Little that hangs in Strong Hall. The reproduction is...

Mon, 04/29/2019 —  During the Obama administration, conservative states pushed back heavily against the president and his policies, challenging federal power with success previously unseen. Conservative governments and state-level office holders were so...

Fri, 04/26/2019 — The University of Kansas Libraries have announced that Whitney Baker, head of conservation services, has been named an American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Fellow. The honor recognizes her distinguished...

Fri, 04/26/2019 —  A federal judge has blocked a Trump administration policy that would prevent any organization that refers patients for abortion services from receiving Title X funds. The Washington state judge’s ruling temporarily stops regulations from...

Fri, 04/26/2019 — A professor of pharmacotherapy at the University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy is the second candidate who will take part in on-campus interviews for the position of the University of Kansas dean of pharmacy.   Professor Michael...

Fri, 04/26/2019 — A man who pioneered aircraft industry awareness for the importance of structural maintenance and fatigue and safety risk assessment, and another who has guided one of the most prominent and successful construction firms in the Kansas City area...

Fri, 04/26/2019 — willing and often eager to do such work. She is excited to learn new things and is ...

Thu, 04/25/2019 — The Daily Beast legal affairs columnist Jay Michaelson will present “Religious Liberty and/or Civil Rights” at 7 p.m. May 6 in the Jayhawk Room at the Kansas Union. Michaelson, a featured commentator on CNN, National Public Radio and...

Thu, 04/25/2019 — A retired nurse who grew up in the small town of Whitewater, Kansas, left a $4.2 million gift from her estate to create scholarships for generations of nursing students at KU Medical Center. Margaret Ann Zimmerman lived a life of service to...


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