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Kansas Studies Institute Past Events

  • At the Annual Writers Symposium, Julene Bair, author of "The Ogallala Road: A Story of Love, Family, and the Fight to Keep the Great Plains from Running Dry," led the writing workshop titled, "Images that Shimmer: Mining Memory to Make Literature." Bair also delivered her lecture, "The Water that Could Last Forever,” and signed books after the presentation.

  • JCCC Professor James Leiker delivered his College Scholar lectures, "The Klan in the Coal Mines: Southeast Kansas and the Hooded Order of the 1920s" and "Rage of the Rural Minority: Farmer Activism and the Great Plains Farm Crisis of the Late 20th Century."

  • The Kansas Day Celebration was held in the CoLab.

  • Jim Hoy, the 2016 Kansan of the Year, gave the talk "What Is a Kansan?"

  • Patrick Dobson, on the JCCC history faculty, discussed his book "Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer."

  • George Frazier spoke on his latest book, published by the University of Kansas Press, "The Last Wild Places of Kansas."

  • Matthew Thompson, assistant registrar for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, spoke on "From Fatherland to Farmland: German POWs in the Great Plains."

  • Brent M. S. Campney, who earned his PhD at Emory University and is now an associate professor of African American history at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, spoke on Black Resistance to White Supremacist Mobs in Kansas, 1880-1927.

  • Patrick Dobson, adjunct assistant professor of history, discussed his book "Seldom Seen: A Journey Into the Great Plains."

  • Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, the Poet Laureate of Kansas 2009-2011, spoke on Finding Our Way Home to Ourselves and This Land: A Reading of Poetry and Prose with Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Her presence was the capstone to an all-day Kansas Writers Symposium sponsored by KSI and the English department. The goal was to facilitate a gathering of writers from diverse disciplines whose work centers on Kansas as a "place." Invited writers included historians, fiction writers, poets, essayists and scientists.

  • Bill Kurtis, nationally known journalist and a native of southeast Kansas, discussed his efforts to return the prairie lands near Sedan, Kan., to their native state, revive Sedan's economy and establish a company that revises the agribusiness model of feedlot cattle to create healthier beef that is better for the environment, animals and consumers.

  • Dr. William Keel, professor of Germanic languages at the University of Kansas, delivered the keynote address at the Kansas Languages Symposium in November 2012. The symposium focused on how dozens of cultures, ethnicities and languages were sewn together to create Kansas.