Law, Policy & Society
Mon, 08/19/2019 — LAWRENCE – The term “research” gets bandied about these days. People use it to mean anything from a few minutes Googling a subject from their couch to rigorously testing a hypothesis in a laboratory. For Joey Orr, the Spencer Museum of Art’s Andrew W. Mellon Curator for Research, the exhibition opening Aug. 24 called “knowledges” demonstrates that artistic practice is a form of research. As director of the museum’s Integrated Arts Research Initiative since 2017, Orr has worked with museum staff and professors across the University of Kansas on a variety of research investigations, some of which end up as exhibitions. One show in 2017 focused on ecology (“Terra

Thu, 08/15/2019 — Attitudes toward transgender people have become increasingly scrutinized during the last few years. But those attitudes intersect with actual policy most visibly in the military. A new research study titled “Public Attitudes on Transgender...

Wed, 08/14/2019 — Attitudes toward transgender people have become increasingly scrutinized during the last few years. But those attitudes intersect with actual policy most visibly in the military. A new research study titled “Public Attitudes on Transgender Military Service: The Role of Gender” published in the current issue of Armed Forces & Society examines how cultural opinion affects the shifts in acceptance. “It fundamentally shows the values of not only egalitarianism and traditionalism but also the role of sex and gender conformity in shaping these attitudes,” said Donald Haider-Markel, professor and chair of political science at KU. Together with KU associate professor

Mon, 08/12/2019 — LAWRENCE – It was as predictable as hot weather in a Mississippi Delta summer. Once again last month, the shot-up sign marking the spot where the body of civil rights martyr Emmett Till was pulled from the Tallahatchie River was the site of a vandalism controversy. That’s why, in time for the 64th anniversary of his murder on Aug. 28, a group of grassroots campaigners led by a University of Kansas researcher has debuted the Emmett Till Memory Project, a new mobile phone app and related website that cannot be physically vandalized. Dave Tell, professor of communication studies, has been involved with the project since its inception. He is also the author of a new

Tue, 08/06/2019 —  When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was legal, it was a major victory for generations who fought to achieve equality. However, the decision was far from the end of oppression for the LGBTQ community, especially queer and...

Mon, 08/05/2019 — Politicians pay close attention to the demands of gun owners. They also pay attention to women voters. But little of their focus is aimed at women who are gun owners. Apparently, that is a big oversight by those seeking public office. “I...

Wed, 07/31/2019 — Eight faculty members at the University of Kansas are being recognized as winners of annual distinguished teaching awards. The eight award recipients will be honored Aug. 22 at the KU Teaching Summit. This year’s winners are as...

Thu, 07/25/2019 — When Jude Kastens was developing a new floodplain mapping model more than a decade ago as part of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Kansas, he aimed to address a critical information gap that often hindered officials during major...

Wed, 07/10/2019 — LAWRENCE – First, the indigenous people of Central America’s Northern Triangle region were economically marginalized. Then they were massacred in the ideological civil war that raged across El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras during the 1980s and early ’90s. Now, climate change has driven many to starvation. No wonder, then, that thousands are streaming north through Mexico, with their arrival and the Trump administration’s crackdown creating a sociopolitical humanitarian crisis on the United States’ southern border. “Many of the flood of Central American migrants arriving at the border are coming straight from the area where I’ve done research since 1990. In

Wed, 07/10/2019 — Over the past 40 years, the population of women in state prisons across the United States has increased by 834 percent. While men continue to be the vast majority of the prison population, the rate of incarceration of women is growing. Of the 1...

Mon, 07/08/2019 — LAWRENCE – Can we tolerate intolerance? If so, how? And why should we? Like someone dreading a holiday-dinner encounter with a bigoted family member, those are the questions playwright Paris Crayton III and director Markus Potter pose with the initial workshop production of “Chasing Gods” this month. Set in the aftermath of the 2016 shooting massacre of 49 patrons at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, “Chasing Gods” examines the family life of a fundamentalist Christian clergywoman, Deidra Curtis, who is compelled to use biblical scripture to condemn the lifestyle of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s in its first production with the Kansas Repertory Theatre, in association with

Mon, 07/08/2019 — A free University of Kansas program that helps community members with addictions is set to expand through a local grant and support from Douglas County. Established by the Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment, the program...

Mon, 07/01/2019 — LAWRENCE – Affordable housing is the issue of the day in Kansas and around the world. So it is that two researchers in the University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design have received a $20,000 honorarium from the city of Sydney, Australia, to flesh out their shortlisted entry in that city’s Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge. Joe Colistra, associate professor and director of the Institute for Smart Cities, and Nilou Vakil, program director of the school’s interior architecture and design program director, are spouses as well as partners in a firm they call in SITU Design. Among 230 international entrants, they were the only non-Australians selected for

Thu, 06/27/2019 — A family struggles to find common ground following the Pulse nightclub shooting in “Chasing Gods,” a new play by Paris Crayton III, who is in residence at the University of Kansas this summer. As this work develops, the cast members – a...

Thu, 06/27/2019 —  The Supreme Court announced Thursday a ruling that prevents the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, at least temporarily. In a partially unanimous ruling, with splits among justices in various sections of...

Tue, 06/25/2019 — For more than a century, it was culturally unacceptable for women to join men in the front lines of combat in the U.S. military. Even though the policy banning women from combat roles has been rescinded, their integration into the front line and...

Tue, 06/25/2019 —  On June 28, 1969, a police raid at the Stonewall Inn prompted members of New York City’s gay community to engage in violent demonstrations that became known as the Stonewall Riots. This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the momentous...

Mon, 06/24/2019 — Americans are hooked on the Netflix series “When They See Us,” which reconstructs the true story of five Harlem teens falsely accused of a brutal crime. But a new study suggests entertainment programs about cases of wrongful conviction...

Fri, 06/21/2019 — LAWRENCE – Tattoo art icon Don Ed Hardy has come full circle more than once. He’s gone from student of East Asian art history to commercial juggernaut and back to fine art. And even within the fashion world, he’s had a recent comeback after his early 2000s success led to overexposure and backlash. As a friend of nearly 40 years, University of Kansas researcher Sherry Fowler was there for much of it. That’s partly why she, along with her husband, Dale Slusser, was asked to contribute an essay for the catalog that accompanies the forthcoming Hardy exhibition at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. “Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin” (July 13-Oct. 6) is the first museum

Tue, 06/18/2019 —  A University of Kansas law professor has played a key role in recent efforts to clarify U.S. law governing international arbitration. Christopher Drahozal, the John M. Rounds Professor of Law at KU, served as an associate reporter for the...


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