Law, Policy & Society
Wed, 01/15/2020 — published in 1989 as the Iron Curtain was collapsing — Russia remains a strategic threat to Western democracy. One need only look at the ...

Wed, 01/15/2020 —  The United States and China announced they would sign an initial trade deal today, easing a two-year economic fight between the world’s two largest economies. Terms of the deal are said to include an opening of Chinese markets to more...

Tue, 01/14/2020 — Twenty-two new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Dec. 20. Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison was the speaker for the ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium. The new officers...

Tue, 01/14/2020 — During the 1940s, the U.S. government commissioned a series of documentary films called “Why We Fight” to spur public support for World War II. Now two Army veterans have launched their own creative project titled “Why We Write: Craft...

Mon, 01/13/2020 — Transgender rights have made significant progress in recent years thanks to court decisions and high-profile transgender individuals putting a spotlight on the issue. Much discrimination still exists, though, especially for young people without...

Mon, 01/13/2020 — LAWRENCE – You know that old saw about how doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result constitutes insanity? Well, a new paper by researchers in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas doesn’t go that far, but it does conclude that to counter anti-vaccine beliefs, those who favor universal vaccination against contagious diseases will have to do more than repeat the evidence denying the link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Instead, they will have to meet anti-vaxxers where they are: on contested ground where anecdotes, examples and conspiracy theories hold greater sway than scientific evidence. Brett Bricker,

Mon, 01/13/2020 — More than a hundred University of Kansas students were initiated into the KU chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the end of the fall 2019 semester. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective honor society for students...

Thu, 01/09/2020 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law community is mourning the passing of former dean and longtime professor Martin Dickinson, who died Jan. 5 in Estes Park, Colorado. He was 81. Dickinson was KU Law’s longest-serving faculty member. He gave 48 years to the law school, from when he started teaching in 1967 until his retirement in 2015. He served as dean from 1971 to 1980, overseeing a time period that included the dedication of the law school’s current home at Green Hall. He was a visionary leader, advocating for the advancement of diverse and female law students and faculty well before the legal profession as a whole began to do so, said Stephen

Wed, 01/08/2020 — LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced the opening of “What Would a Woman Offer Her Country?: Elizabeth Dole’s Ground-breaking, Trail-blazing Life of Service,” the inaugural exhibition of the newly opened Elizabeth Dole Gallery and Reading Room at the institute. The exhibition features over 100 items from her personal collections, documenting her career across six decades of public service. The title is inspired by a 1999 speech given by Dole, in which she asked, “What would I as a woman offer our country?” “This centennial year of women’s suffrage, as well as an election year, is an ideal opportunity to

Fri, 12/20/2019 — LAWRENCE – Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, has been selected to receive the 2020 William Allen White Foundation National Citation. The award, which recognizes individuals for outstanding journalistic service, comes from a vote of the trustees of the William Allen White Foundation, which is named in honor of White. Baron will accept the award on William Allen White Day, which is April 16, 2020, on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. Baron’s speech, at 3 p.m. in the ballroom of the Kansas Union, is free and open to the public. Baron, who became executive editor of The Washington Post in 2013, oversees the newspaper’s print and digital

Wed, 12/18/2019 — An acclaimed television journalist and a renowned artist will each receive honorary degrees from the University of Kansas next spring. Bill Kurtis and Roger Shimomura will both receive an honorary degree at KU’s 148th Commencement in May...

Wed, 12/18/2019 — The University of Kansas will rename a premier research facility in honor of the chancellor who made it a reality. KU will rename its Integrated Science Building in honor of former Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, whose leadership from...

Wed, 12/18/2019 — Every day, people come together to address challenges facing their communities, such as homelessness, economic development or environmental protection that are not quickly or easily solved. While all are well-intentioned, and collaborations...

Tue, 12/17/2019 — A University of Kansas student has been nominated for the Winston Churchill Scholarship, which provides for one year of study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.  Priyanka Radadiya, a senior from Overland Park, is competing...

Mon, 12/16/2019 — LAWRENCE – “Daphne du Maurier gets all the press, but Marjorie Bowen was every bit as good,” contends University of Kansas Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies John Tibbetts. “In fact, Bowen wrote a short story that I believe du Maurier ripped off for ‘Rebecca!’ ” Tibbetts has become so fascinated with the early 20th century British writer – once popular, critically acclaimed and immensely prolific, but now forgotten – that not only has he written a new biography, “The Furies of Marjorie Bowen” (McFarland, 2019) , but he is planning a “Marjorie Bowen Reader” in hopes of bringing her out-of-print work to a new generation. “I feel like I'm a man on a

Fri, 12/13/2019 — LAWRENCE – Come on now, does your friend or family member really need that fancy cooler or clothing-box subscription? Why not consider some scholarly stocking stuffers this holiday season? University of Kansas professors have produced a number of books, records and artworks in 2019 that could appeal to the discriminating consumer on your shopping list. For example:

Wed, 12/11/2019 —  House Democrats and the White House announced Tuesday they had reached a deal on a newly-negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, virtually guaranteeing the updated trade deal would become law. The agreement, an update of the North...

Wed, 12/11/2019 — The University of Kansas has created a new graduate degree to help students acquire the skills to lead and develop diversity efforts in their workplace and other organizations. A new master’s degree in Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion is...

Mon, 12/09/2019 —   LAWRENCE – People might survive by eating just one type of food, but they will hardly thrive. Similarly, a new study co-written by a University of Kansas researcher suggests that humans need a balanced diet of social nutrition, including time alone, to thrive. Jeffrey Hall, professor of communication studies, drew from over 10,000 moments from the days of nearly 400 participants across the country to connect several pathways linking global well-being to daily patterns of social interaction. Just published in the journal Human Communication Research, the paper extends Hall’s Communicate Bond Belong (CBB) theory, the focus of his recent work. Supporting prior

Mon, 12/09/2019 — Beth Bailey never thought she’d be writing about hair. The Foundation Distinguished Professor of history at the University of Kansas was working on a book detailing how the U.S. Army coped with racial conflict and violence during the Vietnam...


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