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Jameelah Jones, has accepted the position as the Academic Services Coordinator with the McNair Scholars Program.  She is tasked with advising students with their research development and academic progress.  This past summer, she served as the McNair's program's Graduate Research Consultant, and through this work she similarly supported student research endeavors.  As I was informed via email, "The mentorship and support that she has received through [AAAS] has impacted how she mentored students this summer.  Students were impressed by her positive energy and critical feedback of their work." 

 

 



President Barack Obama talks with introducer Alyssa Cole backstage before he delivers remarks at the Anschutz Sports Pavilion at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, Jan. 22, 2015.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



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.





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KU announces first Diversity Leadership Awards
Thursday, October 13, 2016


The Langston Hughes Center received a $180,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a June 2017 summer institute for high school teachers, entitled "Teaching the 'Long Hot Summer' of 1967 and Beyond."  The project will be led by Shawn Alexander, Clarence Lang, and John Rury.


Teresa Leslie-Canty, AAAS Lecturer and a Topeka High School teacher, nominated by her students in February, won a free Nissan Versa Tuesday night as the KSNT News and Capital City Nissan of Topeka “Teacher of the Year”. Teresa Leslie-Canty was previously the February “Teacher of the Month” after being nominated by 13 of her students.


Professor Jessica Gerschultz has been awarded the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year. The Fellowship is for her book project, Decorative Arts of the Tunisian Ecole: Fabrications of Modernism, Gender, and Class in Tunisia (1948-1972).


African and African-American studies professor Professor Beverly Mack wins inaugural engaged scholarship award

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Professor Dorthy Pennington was inducted into the Central States Communication Association Hall of Fame (April 2015)

Student Spotlight

Second year AAAS MA student, Caroline Kastor is also a professional athlete.  This summer Caroline, former KU soccer standout, signed with FC Kansas City and topped off her rookie season by helping lead the organization to their second straight National Women’s Soccer League championship on October 1, 2015.


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