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Race and Sports in American Culture: A KU Symposium
Featuring a keynote address by William Rhoden
Thursday, April 23
Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire
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Student Spotlight


Alyssa Cole
A senior in the African and African-American Studies department, introduces President Obama during his remarks at KU on January 22, 2015.



Paul Fowler

Paul discusses his undergraduate research project on the history of the African-American community in Lawrence, Kansas, with one of his mentors, professor Clarence Lang, associate professor of African and African-American Studies (AAAS). Paul is now a graduate student in AAAS.



Sarah Mitchell

Sarah, a senior majoring in African Studies, spent the spring 2014 semester studying at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. While there, in addition to studying archaeology and cultural anthropology, she travelled throughout Southern Africa, including a trip to Victoria Falls, a trip to Johannesburg and Pretoria, and a spring break volunteer experience at a center for kids with disabilities.

Tears. Smiles. And hugs. That’s what Match Day brought as KU Medical Center’s first Salina class learned where they would go for their residencies — the next step in their medical training. See the Salina Journal’s report and photos: http://bit.ly/1HtAWbW Tags: #KUworks #KUmatch #Match2015 University of Kansas Medical Center Salina Journal KU School of Medicine-Wichita

Best thing about Kansas? The sunsets. Always. #exploreKU shot by umbrellaphoto on insta. http://t.co/KB7MhzkzDm
Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


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