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Wed, 04/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas art history professor is one of few scholars who have traveled to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea, specifically to study how art has helped shape the country’s narrative from triumphant revolutionaries to communist dynasty. Marsha Haufler, a professor of art history and associate dean for international and interdisciplinary studies for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, has traveled to North Korea fives times since 2007. She is working on a book that examines the mosaic murals created and planned in North Korea during the Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s eras. Although a specialist in Chinese art,

Wed, 04/02/2014 — LAWRENCE – Major League Baseball teams aren't the only ones throwing out the first pitch of spring this week. Thursday marks opening day for minor league baseball, and with it comes a season of zany promotions. From animal acts to the appearance of B-list celebrities, minor league baseball teams have found success in using vaudeville-like tactics to drive ticket sales, a University of Kansas writer and film director says. David Sutera, a doctoral student in film and media studies, traveled to minor league ballparks around the country for his book “Vaudeville on the Diamond: Minor League Baseball in Today’s Entertainment World.” From California’s Modesto Nuts to

Tue, 04/01/2014 — i.e., translating academic discoveries into commercially viable products that improve lives and grow the economy. The award is sponsored by the University of Kansas ...

Tue, 04/01/2014 — Top academic minds and key leaders in industry will converge on the University of Kansas campus next month to discuss the latest trends, innovations and ongoing challenges in energy in Kansas and beyond. The KU Energy Club's fourth annual KU...

Tue, 04/01/2014 — LAWRENCE – The First World War 100 years ago marked a turning point in the history of Europe. However, contrary to the idea that Europeans’ nationalist ideals fueled the conflict, such views didn’t become widespread until the aftermath of the deadly combat came into focus. The University of Kansas has invited historian Michael Neiberg to explain how ordinary Europeans, unlike their political and military leaders, neither wanted nor expected war during the fateful summer of 1914. Using letters, diaries and memoirs of citizens across Europe, Neiberg dispels the notion that ordinary Europeans were rabid nationalists intent on mass slaughter. Rather, civilians watched

Tue, 04/01/2014 — LAWRENCE – If you see several Black Hawk helicopters near the University of Kansas campus Thursday, don’t be alarmed – they’re here to pick up KU Army ROTC cadets as part of a training exercise. Seven Kansas Army National Guard UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters will land and take off from the Shenk Sports Complex, Iowa Street and Clinton Parkway, on Thursday, April 3, as part of a joint training exercise with KU Army ROTC. “This training exercise is an exciting event for the cadets of the Jayhawk Battalion. Many of the cadets have never flown in military aircraft before, so this is an amazing opportunity for them and their leadership development. Where else can a

Tue, 04/01/2014 — Nine months after its initial visioning session, the team tasked with creating a new home for the University of Kansas School of Business has finalized architecture and design plans. The four-story, 155,000-square-foot building will open its...

Tue, 04/01/2014 — Fifty years after the war on poverty began, the United States needs to focus on building assets and fixing a bifurcated welfare system to truly help people rise out of poverty, according to a new report from the Assets and Education Initiative...

Tue, 04/01/2014 —  A researcher at the University of Kansas is part of a team to uncover strong evidence of brood-care parenting strategy in 450-million-year-old crustaceans — the oldest verification of ovarian-to-juvenile brood care in the fossil record. The...

Mon, 03/31/2014 — For the past seven years, Steve Warren has encouraged and inspired University of Kansas faculty to do more research. Starting this summer, KU’s longtime vice chancellor for research will follow his own advice. Warren, a professor in the...

Mon, 03/31/2014 — LAWRENCE – Outstanding recent doctoral recipients in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields often begin their university career working as a postdoctoral fellows. An event showcasing the research of “postdocs” at the University of Kansas will be Wednesday, April 9, at the Kansas Union. The event is free and open to the public. This is the second annual Postdoc Research Day and STEM Career Fair at KU. It is sponsored by the KU Postdoctoral Association with support from the KU Office of Research. The program will begin at 9 a.m. in Alderson Auditorium with brief postdoc research talks. At 10:30 a.m., Paula Stephan, professor of economics in

Mon, 03/31/2014 — The French Revolution has contributed to a lasting historical image of lower working-class groups in Europe and their involvement in riotous or revolutionary action. But a University of Kansas researcher who studies British history says a...

Mon, 03/31/2014 — LAWRENCE – After Russia’s invasion of Crimea, the West is wondering what comes next in its relationship with the former Cold War enemy. A University of Kansas professor believes to better understand Russia’s motives, political commentators and scholars would benefit from looking at Russia’s recent actions through the lens of Russia’s unique “geopolitics code." Mariya Omelicheva, an associate professor of political science and an expert on Russian foreign policy, said Russia’s foreign policy is shaped by its contemporary experiences, history and philosophical and intellectual traditions. The conflicting identity of “Western state” versus “unique civilization” has

Mon, 03/31/2014 — Lavon Brosseau, of Concordia, has made a $150,000 gift to create three endowed $50,000 funds for the University of Kansas. Her gift established two funds at the Spencer Museum of Art: a Creativity Award for undergraduate students and a Student...

Mon, 03/31/2014 — The University of Kansas School of Engineering Formula car team is putting the pedal to the metal to complete the two racecars they’ll use in international competitions this spring. This marks the fourth year Jayhawk Motorsports has built two...

Mon, 03/31/2014 — Eric Maddox, an interrogator for the U.S. Department of Defense, will present “Finding Saddam” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Lied Center. The public is invited to attend the free lecture, which is part of the J.A. Vickers Sr. and...

Fri, 03/28/2014 — On June 28, 1914, the heir to the Habsburg throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, Sophie, were murdered by a Serbian nationalist. This gruesome event triggered a war never before seen: a “total war” now known as World War I. Yet,...

Fri, 03/28/2014 — The third and fourth finalists for the position of vice provost for diversity and equity at the University of Kansas will each give a public presentation and take questions from KU faculty, staff and other members of the community next...

Fri, 03/28/2014 — LAWRENCE – The Hall Center for the Humanities will host the 12th annual Celebration of Books published by humanities, social sciences and arts faculty in 2013. The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the Hall Center Conference Hall. It is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Contact the Hall Center by email to attend. The Friends of the Hall Center sponsor this event. The celebration will recognize the 32 faculty members who published 36 books in such varied topics as evolution in Victorian novels, policing in Jack the Ripper’s London, American black Israelite religions, Muslim women’s education and the way political

Fri, 03/28/2014 — Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. and clinical psychologist and author Harriet Lerner will offer keynote speeches at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s annual alumni event, Social Work Day, on Friday, April 11, at the Kansas Union....


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