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Tue, 09/11/2018 — LAWRENCE – Yes, University of Kansas Professor of Film & Media Studies Kevin Willmott is co-writer of one of the summer’s critical and box-office movie smashes, Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.” But he is hardly resting on his laurels, even if they include the Grand Prix Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Rather, Willmott’s new play about the life of then-teenage college student Martin Luther King Jr., “Becoming Martin,” premieres Sept. 18 at The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. In fact, King was just 15 when he was accepted into Morehouse College in Atlanta, and the play examines the historically black college’s decision to admit such a young

Tue, 09/11/2018 — For a number of years, every freshman at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has received a copy of W.E.B. Du Bois’ “The Souls of Black Folk.” This year they will receive a copy of a new edition with an introduction by Shawn Leigh...

Tue, 09/11/2018 — LAWRENCE – The Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas has announced its fellows in residence for the 2018-2019 academic year. Selected through a highly competitive process, the Hall Center Fellows are released from teaching and receive an office in the Hall Center and a small research stipend. Fellows often use this time to work on book manuscripts, large-scale works of art or dissertations. Darren Canady, associate professor of English, will work on “March Madness,” a new full-length play. Inspired by real-life events, the play will dramatize a fictionalized account of the controversy and furor ignited by a successful men’s basketball team’s

Mon, 09/10/2018 — Instead of a simple reflection of wins and losses, the ability of NBA coaches to keep their jobs is also tied to corporate world concepts like accumulating power and managing expectations, according to a new study by a University of Kansas...

Mon, 09/10/2018 — Ten students at the University of Kansas School of Law have been chosen as Dean’s Fellows for the 2018-19 academic year.  The Dean’s Fellows are a group of second- and third-year law students selected to mentor first-year peers. Fellows...

Mon, 09/10/2018 — The University of Kansas ranks 61st among public universities in the 2019 edition of the “Best Colleges” rankings, which U.S. News & World Report released Monday. Last year, KU had increased its standing in the rankings to 53rd among...

Mon, 09/10/2018 — World-renowned pharmaceutical researcher Craig Lindsley of Vanderbilt University will deliver the 2018 Edward E. Smissman Memorial Lectures, describing his work at the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery (VCNDD). Lindsley is a...

Mon, 09/10/2018 — If you love music, collect vinyl records or simply need to update your stereo system with quality equipment for a good price, then stop by Audio-Reader’s annual benefit sale, For Your Ears Only. The 15th annual event will take place from 6 to...

Mon, 09/10/2018 — Four candidates with excellent credentials for vice chancellor for research at the University of Kansas will visit the Lawrence campus in the weeks ahead. Members of the KU community are invited to attend public presentations by each candidate...

Mon, 09/10/2018 —  Education and hard work are the keys to success, children across the country have been told for generations. But evidence showing that is not entirely true for everyone has steadily grown. A new book co-authored by a University of Kansas...

Fri, 09/07/2018 — A University of Kansas program with a commitment to developing potential in faculty has announced its newest cohort. The Senior Administrative Fellows Program, which began in 1993, cultivates the leadership skills and organizational know-how of...

Fri, 09/07/2018 — New programs for the community and University of Kansas students are on the menu for fall at the KU Natural History Museum. The museum, located in Dyche Hall, has more than a dozen events scheduled throughout the fall, including the Fall...

Fri, 09/07/2018 — The University of Kansas will celebrate its 106th Homecoming Sept. 22-29 with the theme “Home on the Hill,” culminating in the KU football game against Oklahoma State University on Sept. 29 in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The annual...

Fri, 09/07/2018 — As Nike on Thursday night aired its commercial featuring free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the public response will provide more evidence on how consumers react to brands weighing in on political and social topics, according to a...

Fri, 09/07/2018 — LAWRENCE – With his passing Sept. 6 at age 82, Burt Reynolds will be remembered for the good humor and athleticism that made him one of America’s top box-office stars in the 1980s, according to a University of Kansas Professor of Film & Media Studies who interviewed the actor during that time period. John Tibbetts, who also maintained a career as a movie reporter and reviewer for Kansas City radio and television stations during the period, interviewed Reynolds in 1988 as part of a press junket for the film “Switching Channels,” in which he co-starred with Kathleen Turner. “It was a remake of ‘His Girl Friday,’ a 1940 screwball comedy with Rosalind Russell and

Thu, 09/06/2018 — Recent multiyear droughts accelerated groundwater-level declines in the High Plains aquifer as pumping increased to compensate for lack of rain. Those losses underscore the dilemma western Kansans could face if water levels fall too low to...

Wed, 09/05/2018 — The 2018 recipient of the Fred Ellsworth Medallion for extraordinary service to the University of Kansas is Bernadette Gray-Little, the university’s 17th chancellor, who stepped down in 2017 after eight years of leadership. The KU Alumni...

Wed, 09/05/2018 —  Children with severe emotional or behavioral problems tend to stay in foster care longer than their peers and are less likely to be reunited with their birth parents. New research from the University of Kansas has shown that a parenting skills...

Wed, 09/05/2018 — Only a couple of months after they were installed in 2016, New York City decided to cut off internet access to a series of “smart city” kiosks it built to replace old telephone booths after homeless people monopolized them with such socially...

Mon, 09/03/2018 — What people believe is the cause of racial disparities in police stops does influence whether they generally view police officers as trustworthy, but most people also don't change their views in light of reading those statistics, according to a...


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