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Speaker Details Image of Marco Alcocer) Marco Alcocer   Sensationalism and the Flaw of Journalism From TV to print media, radio and internet news, today’s conventional journalism lives in an existential crisis. Sensationalism, while not new, has become more pervasive for some journalists and news organizations. Speaker Details Image of Jay Antle) Jay Antle   Irrigation in Kansas Water irrigation has made Kansas an agricultural powerhouse, but it has also opened the floodgates for unintended consequences such as lawsuits, soil salinity, water scarcity Speaker Details Image of Jay Antle) Jay Antle   From Fort Laramie to Standing Rock: The Dakota Access Pipeline Controversy For most Americans, the debate over the Dakota Access Pipeline comes down to images of protesters facing off against militarized police Speaker Details Image of Prisca Barnes) Prisca Barnes   The Dockum Drugstore Sit-in In July 1958, Black students gathered at downtown Wichita's Dockum Drugstore to stage a peaceful protest against the unequal practice of segregation. What happened during the three-week sit-in? Speaker Details Image of Aaron Barnhart) Aaron Barnhart   Care for the Creation Natural resources are not only vitally important to the economy of Kansas, they have contributed mightily to the quality of life for generations of Kansans Speaker Details Image of Angela Bates) Angela Bates   Children of the Promised Land Nicodemus, a small unincorporated town in Graham County, is the only remaining western town that was established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War. Speaker Details Image of Sarah Bell) Sarah Bell   A Congress for Women: Women's Clubs and the Chautauqua Movement The Woman's Council in Ottawa, Kansas, was created in 1892 as a "congress" for the growing women's club movement, providing a space for women to discuss important issues of the day. Speaker Details Image of Rex Buchanan) Rex Buchanan   Water in Kansas: Past & Present Early evidence of Native peoples in Kansas shows that they lived near springs, seeps, and rivers. This presentation highlights how water issues today will define must about Kansans in the future, just as they always have. Speaker Details Image of Beverley Olson Buller) Beverley Olson Buller   William Allen White and the KKK in Kansas: "A Real American Goes Hunting" The tumultuous 1924 Kansas Gubernatorial campaign was the time William Allen White chased the Ku Klux Klan out of Kansas. Speaker Details Image of John Burchill ) John Burchill   Four Horsemen and a Sage Fighting the rising tide of nativist sentiment in the early 20th century, a few Kansas leaders took a stand and worked to stop the forces of intolerance in our state. Speaker Details Image of Michaeline Chance-Reay) Michaeline Chance-Reay   The Harvey Girls The Harvey House chain of restaurants got its start in Topeka, Kansas, when Fred Harvey opened a café geared to those traveling on the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway line. Speaker Details Image of Gene T. Chávez) Gene T. Chávez   The Vaqueros The horse-mounted livestock herding tradition of the Vaqueros originated on the Iberian Peninsula of Europe and was adopted by settlers and cowboys in the American West. Speaker Details Image of Gene Chávez ) Gene Chávez   Flour Power During the period of the Mexican Revolution, many immigrants made their way to Kansas to raise their families and work in the railroad, agricultural, industrial, and hospitality sectors of the state. Speaker Details Image of Elene Cloete) Elene Cloete   Liberation in South Africa and Kansas In 1958, two protests -- held on two separate continents -- changed the world. One was in Kansas, the other in South Africa. Speaker Details Image of Audrey Coleman) Audrey Coleman   Out of the Darkness: Records of the Vietnam War As records of the Vietnam War are located, declassified, and cataloged, a more complete story of the war is emerging. Speaker Details Image of Stacy Davidson) Stacy Davidson   In Their Own Words: The Ancient Egyptians Universal themes of love, strife, worry, and death found in Egyptian writings show a world not dissimilar from our own. Speaker Details Image of Deborah Divine) Deborah Divine   Sharing Patterns, Sharing Lives: Kansas Quilt Workshop In the early 1900s, Emporia was home to an innovated group of quilters. Speaker Details Image of Phil S. Dixon) Phil S. Dixon   The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball: not only were they charter members of the Negro National League, they sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise. Speaker Details Image of Diane Eickhoff) Diane Eickhoff   Vegetopia: The Kansas Colony Way Ahead of Its Time In 1856 a band of pilgrims set out for Kansas Territory to establish "heaven on earth." Their abolitionist stance and vegetarian diet were promoted by an eccentric young leader, Henry Clubb. Speaker Details Image of Diane Eickhoff) Diane Eickhoff   The Long Road to Women's Suffrage in Kansas Kansas was historically a leader in women's rights, being just the eighth state to grant female suffrage. Yet the campaign for voting rights in Kansas required more than half a century of determined effort. Speaker Details Image of José Faus) José Faus   They Changed My Name This presentation brings together the dynamics of immigration told through the lens of visual art and poetry. Speaker Details Image of Anthony Funari) Anthony Funari   Free Speech in Kansas: Community Writing Workshops Anthony Funari leads facilitated writing workshops where participants can express themselves through essays, poems, letters to editor, memoirs, and fiction. Speaker Details Image of Marwa Ghazali) Marwa Ghazali   African Refugee Stories—and Silence—in Kansas The Bantu people of Somalia are an ethnic minority who were forced to leave their lands during the Somali Civil War. Today, many call Kansas City home. Speaker Details Image of Jim Gray) Jim Gray   Head ‘Em Up & Move ‘Em Out The early days of ranching and trail driving required stamina and determination. Speaker Details Image of Louise Hanson) Louise Hanson   Tasting the Past: Exploring Kansas Food Memories Food is a powerful expression of cultural memory. This presentation explores food traditions from a number of ethnic populations in Kansas, including German, Czech, Italian, Jewish, and others. Speaker Details Image of Jerry Harper) Jerry Harper   Feel Your Oats (with Help from a Goat) When J.R. Brinkley arrived in Milford, Kansas, in 1917, with a suspect medical diploma in hand and just $23 in his pocket, few would have imagined the notoriety he would attain over the next 25 years in medicine, politics, and broadcasting. Speaker Details Image of Laura Hartley) Laura Hartley   The Kansas Whirlwind: Peter Mehringer and Sports of the Depression Era This presentation explores the incredible story of Kansas wrestler Peter Mehringer and his rise to Olympic fame. Speaker Details Image of Cindy Higgins) Cindy Higgins   Fresh Produce: Kansas's Orchardists, Market Growers, and Truck Farmers Historical presentation highlighting commercial specialty crops, agriculture experimentation, horticultural "royalty" marketing, and the evolving local foods movement. Speaker Details Image of Priscilla Howe) Priscilla Howe   Grimm for Grownups In the 19th century, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm traveled Europe collecting folktales, most of which were never intended for children. Why did the Grimm Brothers document these stories? Speaker Details Image of Jim Hoy) Jim Hoy   Kansas Legends and Folktales Grasshoppers so big that cowboys can ride them to herd cattle. Summers so hot that corn pops in the field. Kansas is a place of big skies and tall tales. Speaker Details Image of Daniel Hoyt) Daniel Hoyt   Free Speech in Kansas: Community Writing Workshops Daniel Hoyt leads facilitated writing workshops where participants can express themselves through essays, poems, letters to editor, memoirs, and fiction. Speaker Details Image of Neill Kennedy) Neill Kennedy   Testimony and Communal Memory Testimonio is a political tradition across Latin America and typically features first-person narration of one’s lived experiences. Speaker Details Image of Linda O’Nelio Knoll) Linda O’Nelio Knoll   The Amazon Army In 1921, thousands of women marched on the Southeast Kansas coal mines in support of striking miners. Speaker Details Image of Dave Loewenstein) Dave Loewenstein   If These Walls Could Talk: Kansas Murals Explore the artist, meaning, and stories behind the state's rich collection of public murals, from the iconic John Steuart Curry murals in the Kansas Statehouse to the post office murals of the New Deal to the many community murals across the state. Speaker Details Image of Kirk R. MacGregor) Kirk R. MacGregor   Rethinking the Sermon on the Mount This presentation examines the historical context surrounding Jesus' longest teaching, The Sermon on the Mount. Speaker Details Image of Aaron Margolis) Aaron Margolis   Shifting Waters: International Conflict & Cooperation The Rio Grande, like many waterways that serve as international borders, has been endowed with both symbolic and practical importance Speaker Details Image of Isaias McCaffery) Isaias McCaffery   Foam on the Range Kansas was on the forefront of the temperance movement, eventually becoming the first state to prohibit alcohol consumption. This enforced abstinence clashed considerably with immigrants who had settled across the state. Speaker Details Image of Kaye McIntyre) Kaye McIntyre   Veterans' Voices: Oral History Workshop An oral history workshop providing family, friends, and community members the skills to interview those who served our country. Speaker Details Image of Huascar Medina) Huascar Medina   May Our Voices Ring True Poetry is a lens that can be both microscopic and telescopic representing the “…clear expression of mixed feelings,” as poet W.H. Auden suggests. Poetry creates space where we can discover ourselves, find our place, and revel in beauty and truth. Speaker Details Image of Heidi Mehl) Heidi Mehl   Land Ethics and Water Resources In 1949 Aldo Leopold sparked the modern conservation movement with his treatise on “land ethics”. Speaker Details Image of Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg) Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg   Kansas Weather in Life, Literature, and Photography When it comes to talking about the weather, we have a lot to say in Kansas, and for good reason Speaker Details Image of Erika Nelson) Erika Nelson   Transforming the Commonplace: Seed Portraits, Hair Wreaths, and Butter Sculptures This presentation features the stories of three women who pioneered the transformations of commonplace materials into works of art, including seed portraits, hair wreaths, and butter sculptures. Speaker Details Image of Erika Nelson) Erika Nelson   Women Wonderworkers: The Self-Made Worlds of Visionary Female Artists Explore four visionary art environments created by female sculptors, including Inez Marshal of Portis, Kansas. Speaker Details Image of Leo E. Oliva) Leo E. Oliva   Railroaded: The Industry That Shaped Kansas In the 19th century, the influence of the railroad industry was vast. Some claim that Kansas was created specifically to accommodate westward expansion of railroads. Speaker Details Image of Al Ortolani) Al Ortolani   Veterans Memoir Writing Workshop Writing is a powerful tool that can help veterans come to terms with their memories. It can also communicate to family and friends those stories that are too difficult to verbalize. Speaker Details Image of Laura Phillippi) Laura Phillippi   The Kansas Industrial Farm for Women In 1917, the Kansas Industrial Farm for Women was established in Lansing, Kansas, to house women found in violation of a new quarantine law intended to prevent the spread of venereal disease. Speaker Details Image of Jane Rhoads) Jane Rhoads   Bronco Bustin' Showmen and Their Spectacular Wild West Shows Wild West shows as the turn of the 20th century delighted audiences in the United States and abroad. A surprising number of skilled cowboys and breathtaking shows originated in the Great Plains region. Speaker Details Image of Paula Ripple) Paula Ripple   Free Speech in Kansas: Community Writing Workshops Paula Ripple leads facilitated writing workshops where participants can express themselves through essays, poems, letters to editor, memoirs, and fiction. Speaker Details Image of Matthew Sanderson ) Matthew Sanderson   Immigration in Kansas Today Since settlement in the 19th century, the story of Kansas has largely been a story of immigration. How does immigration today compare to immigration in the 1860s? Speaker Details Image of Matthew Sanderson) Matthew Sanderson   Water: Why Is It so Difficult to Conserve? Water is the most precious natural resource, sustaining all life on Earth. Why is it so difficult to conserve? Speaker Details Image of Norman Saul) Norman Saul   Sickle and Hammer: The United States and Early Soviet Russia The relationship between the United States and Russia has always been complicated. This presentation examines the people and policies that made it so. Speaker Details Image of Lem Sheppard) Lem Sheppard   The Harlem Renaissance The booming, experimental period of American history known as the Harlem Renaissance exposed the world to the arts, culture, and intellect of African Americans. Speaker Details Image of James Sherow) James Sherow   The Irrigation Crusade From the 1880s to the earliest days of the 20th century, the “Irrigation Crusade” was promoted as a way for grassland farmers and community boosters to continue thriving Speaker Details Image of James Sherow) James Sherow   Kansas v. Colorado In 1902, Kansas accused the state of Colorado of taking more than their fair share of water from the Arkansas River. The legal fight continues to this day. Speaker Details Image of LuAnn Soliah) LuAnn Soliah   What's For Lunch? School Lunches in the United States From sack lunches to school lunches, what we eat has never been far from anyone's mind. This presentation traces changes to the school lunch over the past 100 years. Speaker Details Image of Kim Stanley) Kim Stanley   Moment by Moment: Family History Writing Workshop This workshop encourages participants to take their genealogical research and turn it into story form. Speaker Details Image of Kim Stanley) Kim Stanley   Free Speech in Kansas: Community Writing Workshops Kim Stanley leads facilitated writing workshops where participants can express themselves through essays, poems, letters to editor, memoirs, and fiction. Speaker Details Image of Diana Staresinic-Deane) Diana Staresinic-Deane   Researching Your Home and the People Who Lived There Researching a property -- whether an old home, a new business, or a section of pastureland -- can do more than tell us the history of a space; it can also help us build a human connection to the people who came before us and their experiences. Speaker Details Image of Dave Tell) Dave Tell   The Murder of Emmett Till On August 25, 1955, Emmett Till whistled at a white woman outside a Mississippi grocery store. Three days later, the 14 year old African American boy was murdered. Speaker Details Image of Matthew Thompson) Matthew Thompson   Red State: Socialism and the Free Press in Kansas At the turn of the 20th century, a cottage industry of small Socialist newspapers blossomed in Kansas. Read by a growing working class, these newspapers often gave voice to economic issues.  Speaker Details Image of John Edgar Tidwell) John Edgar Tidwell   When Freedom Changed America One hundred years separate the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and the March on Washington. Both movements were defined by the pursuit of freedom. Speaker Details Image of Carmaletta Williams) Carmaletta Williams   Free Did Not Mean Welcome For African Americans who journeyed to the "free state" of Kansas from the South after Emancipation, "free" did not necessarily mean "Welcome." Speaker Details Image of Ron Wilson) Ron Wilson   Ruralpreneurs: Tumbleweeds and Talents in Kansas Communities How can businesses succeed in small town Kansas? The answers can be found in what we have termed "ruralpreneurs," -- innovative entrepreneurs who have built successful enterprises in small town Kansas and strengthened their communities as a result. Speaker Details Image of Stephen Wolgast) Stephen Wolgast   Free Speech in Times of Crisis In the First Amendment, U.S. citizens are granted an inalienable right to express their opinions, a right that does not dissipate at times when society is under stress


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