Libraries Lecture Series

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The University of Kansas Libraries has announced the spring speakers for the Libraries Lecture Series. The series highlights the breadth of interdisciplinary research and creative work found on an expansive range of topics across campus. The spring 2015 series features five eminent KU scholars:

Assistant Professor Daniel Coburn

February 24, 2015 | 3:30 p.m. | Watson Three West

The Hereditary Estate: Vernacular Photography and Domestic Trauma

Daniel Coburn, assistant professor for the Department of Design, makes photographs and conducts research on popular visual culture to investigate the family photo album employed as one component of a visual infrastructure that supports the flawed ideology of the American Dream.


Professor Chuck Epp and Professor Donna Ginther

April 2, 2015 | 3:30 p.m. | Watson Three West

The Kansas City Research Data Center: A Resource for Researchers

Donna Ginther, professor of Economics and director of Center for Science, Technology and Economic Policy, will discuss the Census Research Data Center (RDC) that is being built in the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Ginther will focus on the data that could be made available in the RDC and how to gain access to the data in the secure research facility.

What New Forms of Data Reveal About Racial Disparities in Police Stops

Chuck Epp, professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, will discuss studies of racial disparities in police stops based on data from police citations. The Kansas City police stops study conducted by Charles Epp, Steven Maynard-Moody, and Don Haider-Markel used a survey of drivers and their narratives of police stops. The result was a new understanding of the sources of racial disparities in these stops.


University Distinguished Professor Joane Nagel and PhD Candidate Anna Kern

April 23, 2015 | 3:30 p.m. | Watson Three West

The Militarization of Gender and Sexuality in the Iraq War

Joane Nagel, university distinguished professor in the Department of Sociology, will examine the unprecedented number of American women in the US armed forces, when the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003. Her paper, co-authored by Lindsey Feitz, questions the implications of the increased number and role of women in the US military.  More specifically, it questions what happens when women enter hypermasculinized military spaces formerly occupied exclusively by men. Do women who join the military become “men,” do they “feminize” it, or does something else occur?  

Green Jobs for All? Gender and the Green Economy

Anna Kern, PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology, will discuss how the “green economy" on the US political scene, since early 2000 (with a noticeable bump in 2007-2008), has been touted in Congress as a panacea with the promises ranging from poverty alleviation, to reversing climate change, to achieving sustainability - economic, environmental and social.  How has the green economy measured up on the social side of sustainability?  Specifically, is there evidence of gender equity?  Are there really “green jobs for all”? 

The lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

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