Thu, 05/02/2019 —
LAWRENCE – In addition to their tendencies to be biased toward companies located very close to them, a new paper by University of Kansas researchers finds mutual fund managers tend to favor the stocks of companies whose executives share their political leanings.
They do this despite the possible detriment to investors, according to a new study co-authored by Jide Wintoki, associate professor of finance and area director of Analytics, Information Systems & Operations Management at the University of Kansas School of Business. Wintoki’s co-author, Yaoyi Xi, is his former KU doctoral student and now assistant professor of finance at the Fowler College of Business
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
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...
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
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...
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...
Wed, 04/24/2019 — The protests at Standing Rock in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline brought international attention to energy development on tribal lands. But work from as long as 200 years ago has recently proven to be effective in...
Wed, 04/24/2019 — A University of Kansas symposium is bringing together scholars of the U.S. war in Vietnam — including some who are Vietnam veterans — to discuss what followed the 1968 Tet Offensive.
"Manpower & Morale after Tet" will be from 8:30 a.m....
Tue, 04/23/2019 —
LAWRENCE – While historians have long recognized the galvanizing effect teenager Emmett Till’s 1955 lynching had on the American civil rights movement, the stories of how the murder was shaped by and, in turn, shaped the Mississippi Delta communities closest to it have never been told. Until now.
The new book “Remembering Emmett Till” (University of Chicago Press, 2019) by Dave Tell, University of Kansas professor of communication studies, will transform everything we think we know about Till's murder.
The author documents Till’s commemoration in the region, accounting for long silences and brief, passionate outbursts of memorial investment. He tells the
Mon, 04/22/2019 —
LAWRENCE – Objects made by Greenland Inuit people and collected by the so-called “Dashing Kansan,” naturalist and adventurer Lewis Lindsay Dyche, in the 1890s will return to their place of origin – or at least three-dimensional copies of them will – as the result of a visit last week by Greenlandic researchers to the Spencer Museum of Art.
Two graduate students from the University of Greenland, Aka Bendtsen and Randi Sørensen Johansen, accompanied by curator and archaeologist Hans Harmsen of the Greenland National Museum and Archives, arrived April 14 and spent a week making 3D digital images of a group of objects, including dolls dressed in authentic and highly
Fri, 04/19/2019 — Four academically talented University of Kansas students will be competing for scholarships from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s Astronaut Scholarship was founded in 1984 by the six surviving...
Wed, 04/17/2019 — Media and legal professionals in Kansas City will be able to hear from an Academy Award-winning screenwriter during the 32nd Annual Media & the Law Seminar. The seminar will be held May 2-3 at the Sheraton Hotel at Crown Center in Kansas City,
Tue, 04/16/2019 — The University of Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR) has been designated the lead agency of the State Data Center for the state of Kansas. In this role, IPSR — under the leadership of Xan Wedel — will work with a...
Mon, 04/15/2019 —
LAWRENCE – How, in the context of the Cold War, could America keep India from falling to communism? One way was by holding out a vision of better homes, and ergo better lives, for workers and others with low social standing.
That’s just one thread that Farhan Karim, University of Kansas assistant professor of architecture & design, weaves into his new book, “Of Greater Dignity Than Riches: Austerity and Housing Design in India” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019).
An even more important thread is the uniquely Indian approach that seeks to turn a lack of resources into a good. In the book’s introduction, Karim calls it “the Gandhian political rhetoric of
Fri, 04/12/2019 — When Sam Steuart paid a brief visit to University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas A. Girod’s office this week — ostensibly for a brief visit related to an upcoming presentation — the Topeka junior instead found balloons, cheers and hearty...
Thu, 04/11/2019 — LAWRENCE – The image of a Sudanese woman standing atop a car demanding the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir that went viral this week, drawing comparisons to Nubian queens and the Statue of Liberty, may have been the tipping point in this phase of the revolution, according an historian of Sudanese women’s fashions.
“Her choice of clothing – her white cotton tobe and circular gold earrings – is understood as the national dress, so she represents everywoman,” says University of Kansas Associate Professor of History Marie Grace Brown, author of “Khartoum at Night: Fashion and Body Politics in Imperial Sudan,” (Stanford University Press, 2017).
“Precisely because it
Thu, 04/11/2019 — Climate change in Greenland and how it poses a threat to archaeological heritage will be explored in an upcoming presentation by Hans Harmsen, archaeologist and curator of the Greenland National Museum & Archives.
Harmsen will present...
Wed, 04/10/2019 — Cold, foggy and remote, the climate of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands makes them a daunting place for people to live. Couple the unforgiving environment with often-brutal practices on the part of Western colonizers, and it becomes clear that the...
Wed, 04/10/2019 — Social media played a central role in the Arab Spring, when citizens demonstrated against and ousted oppressive government regimes. A new study from the University of Kansas analyzes how social media can also help citizens in authoritarian...