Law, Policy & Society
Fri, 10/15/2021 — LAWRENCE – Thirteen students at the University of Kansas School of Law have been chosen as Dean’s Fellows for the 2021-22 academic year. The Dean’s Fellows are a group of second- and third-year law students selected to mentor first-year peers. Fellows offer academic support and guidance, serving as resources for students navigating the transition to law school. Fellows are selected through an application and interview process that considers their academic performance, campus and community involvement, and rapport with classmates. "Each year, new Dean's Fellows are selected to uphold a legacy of collegiality and inclusiveness within Green Hall," said Olivia Black

Fri, 10/08/2021 — LAWRENCE – University of Kansas School of Law graduates who took the Kansas and Missouri bar exams for the first time in July 2021 passed at rates well above the state averages. In Missouri, 100% of KU Law graduates who took the Missouri bar exam for the first time in July passed, according to results released by the Missouri Board of Law Examiners. KU Law’s 100% pass rate was 16.8% above the Missouri average of 83.2% for first-time test takers. In Kansas, 98.2% of KU Law first-time test takers passed the Kansas bar exam in July, placing the school 19.3% above the Kansas average. The state’s overall first-time pass rate was 78.9%, according to information shared

Wed, 10/06/2021 — LAWRENCE – When Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Beloved” came out in 1987, Maryemma Graham’s community book group in Oxford, Mississippi, started reading it but found its prose difficult to understand and enjoy. “I went back and said, ‘What book can I give them that makes more sense than Morrison?’ Her linguistic and narrative patterns can be hard for the average reader,” said Graham, a University Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Kansas and founder of its Project on the History of Black Writing (HBW). “I was writing people asking, ‘Is there a book similar to Morrison’s, but doesn't really read like Morrison?’ We had lots of

Wed, 10/06/2021 — For over a decade, policy and industry have tried to make electric vehicles more widely available and get people to buy them. Previous research on how to do this has largely focused on examined early adopters of plug-in electric vehicles and...

Tue, 10/05/2021 — The endeavor of individuals who want to medically change their gender has become a hot-button topic in contemporary society. But it’s actually been part of the cultural dialogue for more than a century. “The understanding is that it has...

Tue, 10/05/2021 — Twenty-six new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Oct. 1 at a ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.  Deputy Justin Hawks of the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office was the...

Thu, 09/30/2021 — LAWRENCE – Enrollment at the University of Kansas grew slightly this year due in large part to increases in first-time freshmen and transfer students, according to annual data released today by the Kansas Board of Regents. KU enrollment increased by 66 students (0.2%), bringing the university’s total enrollment to 27,685 across all campuses. The slight uptick can be attributed largely to a 7.6% jump in first-time freshmen and an 11.6% increase in transfer students, as well as gains in new international students and strong overall retention rates. This year’s freshman class of 4,119 is just six shy of the 2019 (pre-pandemic) freshman class size. These freshmen are

Wed, 09/29/2021 — LAWRENCE – For “Native Son” author Richard Wright, New York City was superior to his previous homes in Mississippi, Memphis and Chicago. But even there, in the U.S. publishing capital, he encountered such racism and restriction that he decamped for Paris, where he lived out his life. Wright’s 10-year (1937-1947) stay in New York is the subject of a chapter in the new book “Richard Wright in Context,” published by Cambridge University Press. “What he discovers is that there is no place in the U.S. outside of racism,” said author Ayesha Hardison, associate professor of English and of women, gender & sexuality studies at the University of Kansas. “Born in

Tue, 09/28/2021 — A new lecture series from the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Kansas will feature some of the world’s leading experts to talk about the Cold War and its aftermath. “Legacies of the Cold...

Tue, 09/28/2021 — A series that encourages civic participation among members of the University of Kansas community will resume this fall with two virtual events. The Educate & Act series, led by The Commons, the Center for Service Learning and the Emily...

Mon, 09/27/2021 — This fall, 13 University of Kansas students will receive an Undergraduate Research Award (UGRA). UGRA recipients are awarded a $1,000 scholarship as they work on mentored research and creative projects. Students apply for UGRAs by writing a...

Fri, 09/24/2021 — The Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (ICCAE) at the University of Kansas has awarded five ICCAE scholars with an academic scholarship. ICCAE scholars are high-achieving students in the intelligence and national security...

Wed, 09/22/2021 — LAWRENCE – At one time or another, nearly every employed person feels pressed by the push and pull of personal and work life. For mothers who are the primary caregivers of young children, it's even more extreme. Maria Velasco, professor of visual art at the University of Kansas, explores this tension in a new documentary film, “All of Me: Artists + Mothers.” Her work premiered in 2020 and has been making the virtual film festival circuit, with its next showing set to begin Oct. 7 in the Global Indie Film Fest based in Glasgow, Scotland. It has also been accepted into the 22nd season of the World Film Carnival-Singapore. Velasco, who is a multidisciplinary artist,

Mon, 09/20/2021 — LAWRENCE – Students at Wichita State University will have an opportunity to accelerate their legal education and save a year of tuition, thanks to an expansion of the Legal Education Accelerated Degree (LEAD) program at the University of Kansas. The University of Kansas School of Law launched a new partnership with Wichita State this fall. Wichita State is the third Regents university to partner with KU Law’s LEAD program. KU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences became the first LEAD partner in fall 2013, with Kansas State University joining in 2016. LEAD program students earn a bachelor’s degree and a KU Law degree in six years instead of seven. Students spend

Thu, 09/16/2021 — Ben Merriman has experienced all sides of academic publishing as an author, journal editor and reviewer. That experience, coupled with his research in administrative structures’ role in resolving policy conflicts, led the University of Kansas...

Tue, 09/14/2021 — Red Hot Research will return this fall to the University of Kansas in a different setting. Events in the series will take place Fridays in The Commons’ main hall with a reception to follow in Weaver Courtyard in an effort to offer space for...

Tue, 09/14/2021 — The 2020 U.S. Census Bureau data shows that the United States population has grown more diverse and is increasingly urbanizing. Yet K-12 schools remain largely segregated. A new website developed by a University of Kansas researcher uses census...

Mon, 09/13/2021 — The saga of enslaved peoples remains a complicated history. But a new book has made it even more complicated. “I argue that this is really the first successful example of enslaved resistance in the Americas,” said Robert Schwaller,...

Mon, 09/13/2021 — 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...

Mon, 09/13/2021 — The University of Kansas improved two spots to 58th among public universities in the 2022 edition of the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings, released today. The university also moved up two slots to 122nd among all...


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