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Kansas Studies Institute


The Kansas Studies Institute at JCCC promotes research and teaching on the culture, history, economics and natural environment of Kansas.

The institute reaches out to two audiences – Johnson County residents who don’t know much about Kansas beyond the metropolitan area and residents who have moved to the suburbs from rural areas and want to maintain a connection to home. Tai Edwards is the director.

Learn more about the Kansas Studies Institute!

Veterans Writing Workshop

Thursday, Nov. 8 | 3-6 p.m.
CoLab Learning Studio (OCB 107)

Attention veterans: Join your peers in a free writing workshop led by Dr. Nathan Jones, Professor of English and U.S. Army veteran. The workshop will assist you in reflecting upon your military service through collaborative writing. You can keep your writings for personal use, and ideas for potential publication will be discussed. No writing experience or preparation is necessary. Heavy appetizers and drinks will be served.

Co-hosted by JCCC’s Kansas Studies Institute and Veteran and Military Student Resource Center.

This project is sponsored by Humanities Kansas, in partnership with the Veteran History Project at the Library of Congress and the Veterans Voices Writing Project.

Vietnam-Era Veterans Oral History Project: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, Nov. 7 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hudson Auditorium, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

The Polsky Practical Enrichment Series, in partnership with The Kansas Studies Institute and Veteran & Military Services, presents an evening with three JCCC staff members who served during the Vietnam era. The moderator will be Dr. Rachel Goossen, a professor of history at Washburn University in Topeka.

This project is sponsored by Humanities Kansas, in partnership with the Veteran History Project at the Library of Congress and the Veterans Voices Writing Project.

Raising Funds to Blaze Trails

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 | 6-9 p.m.
Capitol Federal Conference Center (RC 101)

Support “Paths through Quindaro: Explore, Remember, Experience,” an initiative to build walking trails and post signage throughout the historic Quindaro townsite in Kansas City, Kansas.

Join us at the Regnier Center for an evening of:

  • Delicious food and drink
  • Guest speakers
  • Live music
  • Silent auction

Tickets are $50 each or $600 per table (seats 10). All ticket and silent auction proceeds will benefit the “Paths through Quindaro” project.

Limited tickets may be available at the door as space allows. Parking is free.

Register until Feb. 7, 2019.

The event is co-hosted by the Western University Association of the AME Church and JCCC’s Kansas Studies Institute.

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