Neill Kennedy is from Topeka, KS and participates in community organizing against police brutality and grassroots initiatives providing educational outreach and supporting political engagement in her hometown. She received a Bachelor’s of General Studies in American Studies with a minor in Latino/a Studies and is now currently a PhD student in American Studies all at the University of Kansas. Her research interests include the intersections of race, space, and place, immigration, settler colonialism, and labor history. Her current research project focuses on Mexican immigration and community-building in Northeast Kansas. This project utilizes housing and labor histories, cultural production, archival sources, and oral histories to uncover how the creation/destruction of Mexican-American neighborhoods and communities resist and reproduce assimilation, anti-blackness, and anti-immigrant sentiments.
- This article, written by Geoffrey Newman, was published in the August edition of the Kansas History Journal. Congratulations Geoffrey!
- Rachel Schwaller and Saoussen Cheddadi successfully defended their respective dissertations on October 29, 2018. Congratulations, Drs. Schwaller and Cheddadi!
- Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Kathryn Vaggalis for being awarded the American Studies Association's 2018 Gene Wise-Warren Susman Prize!
- Dr. Gamze Kati Gumus defended her dissertation with honors on May 10, 2018. Congratulations, Dr. Kati Gumus!
- KU-AUMI InterArts was recently featured by the Commons in a video on improving inclusive communities at KU. You can watch the video, which features our own Sherrie Tucker amongst other founders of the movement at KU, and learn more about AUMI here!
- Congratulations to Professor Robert Warrior on being elected to a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- This article, written by Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey, was published in the latest edition of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Congratulations, Hannah!
- We would like to recognize Patrick Sumner, 2005 alumni, for his work in this article about the defacement of the John Brown memorial in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas.
- Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Burrow-Branine for successfully defending his dissertation with honors January 25, 2018.
- Please read this article about Professor Robert Warrior titled: Native scholar uncomfortably at home in American studies field.
- Congratulations to Daniel Carey-Whalen, an alumni that was recently promoted as UTEP's Centennial Museum director.
- Congratulations to Josh Parshall, an alumni who was recently featured in this article.
- How a motion-tracking musical software is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities: click here to read more about the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a one-of-a-kind piece of inclusive technology that promotes musical improvisation. The article recognizes Professor Sherrie Tucker, who started AUMI jam sessions and helped to bring the grant and symposium for it to Lawrence. Written by Omar Sanchez
- KU Special Education Department: With Ray Pence
- Tribute Or Tribulation? How do we commemorate history? What is the best way to remember a conflicted and painful past? And who gets to decide? Listen here »
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