Law, Policy & Society
Thu, 06/30/2022 — The University of Kansas has been awarded a new agreement to offer three graduate degrees to the Fort Leavenworth community beginning with the fall 2022 semester.  In January, Fort Leavenworth officials released a request for proposal for...

Thu, 06/30/2022 — Creating more secure and resilient communities, harnessing the power of big data to discover disease-fighting drugs, unlocking the secrets of genomes for the benefit of life on our planet, and transforming understanding of and support for...

Mon, 06/27/2022 — LAWRENCE – When was the last time you heard a decent political apology? In the current hyperpartisan political atmosphere, they hardly exist. Doubling down is the rule. And, according to two new papers co-written by an instructor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas, our polarization is not only to blame, but threatens to foreclose one of the remaining civilizing forces standing between us and violent confrontation. “There is no more mea culpa,” said Brett Bricker, who co-wrote the two articles with a former graduate student at KU, Jacob Justice, now an assistant professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University

Fri, 06/24/2022 — In a historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday morning it had overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that guaranteed access to abortion across the country. The decision means that states across the nation will have a patchwork of laws...

Thu, 06/23/2022 — LAWRENCE – Human anti-trafficking campaigns rely on the “three p’s” of prevention, protection and prosecution. But a fourth one – preemption – has now resulted in a thorny controversy. A new book titled “Unmaking Migrants: Nigeria's Campaign to End Human Trafficking” reveals how government agents have stopped thousands of women during the past 20 years from traveling out of the country and instead sent them to the federal counter-trafficking agency for “protection and rehabilitation.” Nigerian officials defend this tactic as preemptive intervention. Yet many of the women protest their detention, insist they are not being trafficked and demand to be released. It’s

Thu, 06/23/2022 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law is among the top 30 law schools in the country, according to new rankings. KU Law ranks 10th among public law schools and 30th overall in this year’s Top 50 Law School Rankings from Above the Law. The legal news outlet’s list focuses on employment outcomes, low education cost and low graduate debt. KU Law rose 14 spots overall compared to 2021. “KU Law is committed to providing value to our students. That value goes beyond affordability – we prepare our students to pursue careers driven by their interests,” said Stephen Mazza, dean of the School of Law. “Through an extensive hands-on learning program, career

Wed, 06/22/2022 — LAWRENCE – It’s an overstatement to say that the current movement to topple statues of Christopher Columbus and end Columbus Day celebrations began with John Brougham’s “Columbus” burlesque of 1857-1876. But a new, critical, online edition of the play’s fluid text calls it an early and thus an important example of American literature criticizing Columbus’ colonial crimes. What is termed a “microedition” of “John Brougham’s Columbus Burlesque” has been published in the latest edition of the journal Scholarly Editing. Laura Mielke, Dean’s Professor of English at the University of Kansas, co-edited the microedition with former KU doctoral student Rachel Linnea Brown

Mon, 06/20/2022 — LAWRENCE – In the conventional telling of African American literary history, the 1930s are overshadowed, at best, by the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and the social realism/protest novels of the 1940s. But a new volume on the decade marked indelibly by the Great Depression takes a closer look and finds important transitions between one era and the other occasioned by such disparate forces as the New Deal and the Communist Party USA. “African American Literature in Transition, 1930-1940” is the 10th volume in a planned series of 17 from Cambridge University Press. Ayesha Hardison, University of Kansas associate professor of English, co-edited the collection of

Fri, 06/17/2022 — The University of Kansas’ designation as a Department of Defense (DoD) Language Training Center has been renewed through 2025. The Language Training Center Program, a DoD initiative established in 2011, leverages U.S. institutions of higher...

Thu, 06/16/2022 — Every day, Americans see more battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) on the road. According to Fortune Business Insights, the market for electric vehicles in the U.S. is expected to grow from $28.24 billion in 2021 to $137.43 billion in 2028. The...

Thu, 06/16/2022 — LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law’s moot court program is 14th in the nation, according to rankings published recently by the University of Houston Law Center. The rankings are determined by a point system, awarding point values in various categories for successes in regional and national competitions throughout the year. KU Law has earned enough points to rank in the top 30 teams nationally for the past seven years.   “Our students were amazing this season,” said Pamela Keller, clinical professor of law and director of KU’s moot court program. “They all worked incredibly hard in their individual competitions. We had more teams advance to the upper

Thu, 06/09/2022 — The Achievement & Assessment Institute has announced the recipients of this year’s Arts & Humanities Grant. Ash Wilson, director of the Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity at KU, and David Mai, assistant teaching professor in...

Wed, 06/08/2022 — Opinion remains divided regarding how guns should factor into American society, especially those weapons designed for military warfare. But what do actual soldiers think about this subject? The surprising answers are explored in a new article...

Tue, 06/07/2022 — When a sexual assault survivor tells their story to a journalist, they may have any number of reasons for doing so, but almost certainly not because that reporter would be required to pass the information on to university administrators. Yet...

Tue, 06/07/2022 — This summer, nine 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...

Mon, 06/06/2022 — This week, the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH) at the University of Kansas is hosting 24 scholars and community partners from across the country to participate in a program designed to strengthen collaborative projects in...

Wed, 06/01/2022 — LAWRENCE – Kent Blansett challenges Americans to not think of American Indians as frozen relics of a pre-industrial past or exclusively as residents of rural reservations. Opening their eyes to the diversity of Indian Country is one of the many reasons he’s excited about the new book he co-edited, “Indian Cities: Histories of Indigenous Urbanization” (University of Oklahoma Press). It’s a collection of cutting-edge historical scholarship that views Indigenous peoples as city makers and residents, rather than simply as victims of Westward Expansion or modernity. “When you realize that between 70 and 80 percent of our Native peoples live and reside in urban

Thu, 05/26/2022 — The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will debut a new original exhibition, “Missing, Then Action: An Army Wife Speaks Out,” in the Elizabeth Dole Gallery and Reading Room on June 14, with a public program...

Mon, 05/23/2022 — Twenty new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on May 20 at a ceremony held in the KLETC Integrity Auditorium. Officer Daniel Harshbarger of the Rose Hill Police Department was the...

Wed, 05/18/2022 — LAWRENCE – Parenthood may seem like the most natural, nearly universal adult condition. And yet, according to Maria Velasco, in the art world and especially the academic art world, parenthood is truly challenging, edgy subject matter because it’s liable to get you dismissed as hokey and sentimental. That’s why it is a bold choice for the subject of a forthcoming exhibition the University of Kansas professor of visual art co-curated for the Lawrence Arts Center titled “Making It Work.” The show opens May 27 and runs through July 30. “The most activist thing we can do right now is to speak up and take up public space – to make ourselves visible, because the culture


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