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KU Libraries announce presentations by visiting travel award recipients

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The second annual Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award winners, Dr. Zeb Baker, Jeffery Williams and Paul Fowler III, are presenting their research surrounding the African American experience in the Kansas region.

The Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award extends travel funds to any faculty member, undergraduate, graduate student or independent researcher who is undertaking a research project on the African American experience in Kansas using materials in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. The library holds significant collections on the African American experience, including personal and family papers and organizational records, providing a valuable repository for primary sources. The travel assistance will aid Baker, Williams and Fowler in utilizing Spencer’s collections for their ongoing research.

Each recipient is scheduled to spend one week in Spencer, concluding with a public presentation that details their work. Presentations will take place in Spencer Research Library’s Johnson Room. The schedule is as follows:

  • Dr. Zeb Baker, senior associate director of the university’s honor program at Miami University in Ohio, will present on race and college football in post-World War II Midwest on April 14 from 2-3 p.m.
  • Paul Fowler III, a doctoral student in Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will present on civil rights organizations in the Midwest on May 5 from 2-3 p.m.
  • Jeffery Williams, a doctoral student in history at the University of South Carolina, will present on African Americans in Topeka & state of Kansas, post 1915, on May 26 from 2-3 p.m.

The award was made possible by a generous gift from Sandra Gautt in honor of her late mother, Alyce Hunley Whayne. Gautt has also donated family papers to the Kansas Collection in the Spencer Research Library.

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