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Presidential Lecture Series

Presidential Lecture Series

Attn: Emily Zwick and Annie Jewell
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Kansas State University
177 Berney Family Welcome Center
705 N. 17th Street
Manhattan, KS 66506





History and Society

African-American Communities in the United States – An Overview Since 1865

Ms. LaBarbara James Wigfall, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning

African-American settlements were established in every region of the United States following Emancipation. This presentation traces the founders’ lifestyles and the evolution of their communities.

Conducting a Community History Study

Ms. LaBarbara James Wigfall, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning

This presentation focuses on techniques a student or community group might use to record the history of a place. Analyzing photographs, maps, county records, and interviews can be fascinating if you know how and where to use the clues. Learn more about community genealogy techniques.

Save It or Tear It Down? The Choices We Make For Progress

Ms. LaBarbara James Wigfall,  Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning

Have you ever passed an old school house, church, or office building scheduled for demolition and wondered what it was like in its heyday? Isn’t it funny how we take ordinary places for granted until they’re threatened by redevelopment? This presentation highlights the issues and choices associated with removing or replacing a historic site or structure in a community.

The Fifth Down Game: The 1990 Missouri-Colorado Football Game

Dr. Daniel A. Hoyt, Assistant Professor of English

In this lecture and discussion, we will examine the 1990 Fifth-Down Game between the University of Missouri and the University of Colorado football teams in which the referees made a mistake and gave CU an extra down. We will discuss this game, the famous figures involved, and how mistakes like this are made and avoided. This talk will also examine issues of leadership, decision-making, and the growth of big-time college football.

The History of Nicodemus, Kansas

Ms. LaBarbara James Wigfall, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning

Nicodemus, in western Kansas (off Highway 24, between Stockton and Hill City), is the only remaining post-Civil War African-American settlement west of the Mississippi. Discover how the early settlers survived on the Plains and why Nicodemus still exists today.

'Who is Dante? What is the Comedy?': Dante and his Inferno

Dr. Anthony Nussmeier, Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian

This lecture explores the exciting world of Dante's epic poem the Divine Comedy and its contemporary legacy, especially the Inferno.

Kansas Women's History: What we can Learn from the Kansas Women's Suffrage Campaign of 1867

Dr. Angela Hubler, Associate Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

The hopes of both blacks and women to gain the vote in Kansas in referenda in 1867 were dashed after a nasty campaign that pitted the two groups against one another.  Despite this, current efforts to advance the position of women and people of color can learn much from this historic failure.