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Executive Vice President and Provost

Politics in the Classroom: Teaching in Challenging Times

The 2016 election exposed particularly deep divisions between people in the United States. Disagreements about the meaning and importance of gender, class, regionalism, race and religion were - and continue to be - front and center in the news, on college campuses and maybe even in our classrooms. Join panelists to hear how they discuss controversy and politics in the classroom. All are welcome.

A poetry reading with Wyatt Townley

Join Poet Laureate of Kansas Emeritus Wyatt Townley in an exploration of home: what is it, where is it and how does it intersect with poetry. Wyatt Townley’s work has been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR, featured in US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry,” and published in journals including The Paris Review, North American Review, and The Yale Review. Her books include four collections of poetry: Rewriting the Body (forthcoming in 2018), The Breathing Field, and The Afterlives of Trees, a Kansas Notable Book and winner of Nelson Award. (

Earth and Environmental Sciences Seminar

"How the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Went from Being a Tidal Wave to a Tsunami: Implications for Science Literacy" by Scott Clark, geology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Clark will discuss how preliminary reports of the 2004 tsunami referred to it as a tidal wave, but within four days, 80% of news reports used the word "tsunami." Since that time, more than 97% of news stories have avoided the term "tidal wave" when describing subsequent events. Clark will explore the reasons that led the media to move away from the use of the term tidal wave and will comment on the potential implications of these findings for communication efforts on other earth science topics such as climate change.

Honors Week

Honors Week is a celebration of academics and scholastic achievement. The week provides an opportunity to recognize and connect students who are collectively pursuing academic excellence through honor societies, honorary organizations and the University Honors Program.


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