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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Past and Present: An Early Draft Of A More Perfect Union

A draft of the Articles of Confederation
Credit liday / Flickr / Creative Commons

In the summer of 1776, the Second Continental Congress officially declared independence from the British crown, but it also drafted the Articles of Confederation.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Past and Present: Wichita State's Oldest Building

Fiske Hall has served many functions since its dedication in 1906.
Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

The oldest surviving structure on Wichita State’s campus, Fiske Hall’s story began in 1904 with a donation from Charlotte Fiske of Massachusetts to construct a new men’s dormitory at what was then Fairmount College.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Past and Present: Illuminating Wichita's African American History

Ron Walters and Carol Parks Haun participated in the 1958 Dockum sit-in with Dr. Galyn Vesey. Photo courtesy Carla Eckels

Dr. Galyn Vesey is a unique individual in the context of Wichita history. Vesey received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University and his academic career included stints at Utica College and Alabama A & M University. He not only represents “living history” but also seeks, as a scholar, to re-create an important part of Wichita’s African American historical experience.

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Dinosaur Fossils
5:42 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

KU Paleontologists Get A Shot At A T-Rex

Paleontologists at the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas are getting a chance to study the bones of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Past and Present: A President's Kansas Heritage

President Barack Obama with his grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham
Credit U.S. Embassy, Jakarta / Flickr / Creative Commons

Recently, two students and I had a chance to work on a project that looked at the Kansas ancestors of President Barack Obama.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Past and Present: Financial Literacy

Credit 401(K) 2013 / Flickr / Creative Commons

Since the end of World War II, the cornerstone of the U.S. economy has been consumer spending.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Past and Present: Enacting Women's Suffrage

Credit national museum of american history / Flickr

On August 18, 1920, Tennessee approved the 19th Amendment, providing the final ratification necessary to enact women’s suffrage.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Past and Present: An Overlooked History of Tolerance

During President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Africa, he made a stop in the West African nation of Senegal. Traditionally, the U.S. press corps’ coverage of Africa has tended to focus on military coups, religious and ethnic conflicts, and the AIDS epidemic. Because of this, Senegal, a former French colony, has fallen through the cracks of American media scrutiny.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Into It: The Rise of the Roller Coaster

Credit David Boyle, flickr Creative Commons

Roller coasters are the workhorse of the modern theme park, but their rise to popularity has been long and strange.

Its precursor could be found outside of St. Petersburg in the 1800s. Massive ice slides called Russian Mountains were reinforced with wood, plunging up to seventy feet at sharp angles.

We can still see this origin in the words for “rollercoaster” in romance languages like Spanish— La Montaña Rusa—and other variations in French, Italian and Portuguese. Strangely, the Russian term literally translates as “American Mountains.”

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Past and Present: Harry Sternberg

Mural by Harry Sternberg in a Chicago post office
Credit jimmywayne / Flickr

In 1936, the Guggenheim Foundation awarded graphic artist Harry Sternberg one of its prestigious fellowships to study and portray the lives of the American worker.

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