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Our Department is the permanent home of the Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship, but the position is shared annually with another department. A professor outside the University of Kansas is invited by the Provost to hold this position in the spring semester every year. The visiting professor teaches two courses that are normally cross-listed with our Department and another department.

The position is named after the poet and playwright, Langston Hughes, who lived in Lawrence and whose literary works and life were shaped largely by his African-American and African experiences.

  • 1978 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Arthur Drayton
  • 1980 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: William Warfield
  • 1982 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Cladio Gutierrez
  • 1983 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: William Julius Wilson
  • 1985 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Rennard Strickland
  • 1986 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Surendra Bhana
  • 1989 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Robert T. Coles
  • 1990 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Mervyn Alleyne
  • 1991 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Joel Adedeji
  • 1992 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Fall- Daniel Williams; Spring- Kwabena Nketia
  • 1994 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: John Edgar Tidwell
  • 1995 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Carol Ann Carter
  • 1998 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Maryemma Graham
  • 1999 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Kenneth Hamilton
  • 2000 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Emmanuel Obiechina
  • 2001 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Maxine Claire
  • 2003 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Ralph Crowder
  • 2004 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor : Madison Lacy
  • 2005 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor : Albert Broussard
  • 2006 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Tayari Jones
  • 2008 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor : Randel Jelks
  • 2009 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Henry Miller
  • 2010 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Adam Banks
  • 2011 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Clarence Lang
  • 2012 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor: Tammy Kernodle
  • 2012/2013: Visiting Professor from Central China Normal University: Yi Li

 





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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)

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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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