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Global Scholars Senior Symposium 2013

Saturday, April 20
8:30-5:00 P.M.
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

The Global Scholars Program at the University of Kansas is designed to recognize and encourage its most academically talented and motivated undergraduate students who have demonstrated an interest in global studies and are selected in a competitive process. The program selected its first cohort of sophomores in the Fall of 2010.  That first cohort, now graduating seniors, is presenting their research at the first ever Global Scholars Symposium on Saturday, April 20. The symposium consists of several panels with three scholars each presenting their independent research on topics of global importance from their own disciplinary background. The symposium also includes a final roundtable panel with the whole cohort discussing the ‘Global Scholars’ experience. Click here to see the list of student presenters and their abstracts.

8:30-9:45 A.M.
Science Crossing Boundaries
Katie Fankhauser, Jay Patel, Taylor Patterson
10:00-11:15 A.M.
The Americas
Ryan House, Jeff Miller, Sarah Stern
11:30-12:45 P.M.
Education and the Global Economy
Josh Dean, Shenji Pan, Matt Werner
1:00-2:15 P.M.
Lunch in the Malott Room (by invitation only)
2:30-3:45 P.M.
Narrating Global Issues
Alexandra Chase, Sarah McCabe, Amy Sinclair
4:00-5:00 P.M.
Q&A Roundtable
All Presenters

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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”

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