On March 14, two justices from the Kansas Court of Appeals will be giving a public lecture on the principles of law at Pittsburg State University. The Honorable Richard D. Green, Chief Justice, and the Honorable Karen Arnold-Burger will be presenting their lecture at 10:00 A.M. in the Governor’s Room of the Student Union. The justices will also be available after the lecture to meet with students interested in careers in law.Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I have to admit, I’m not entirely sure whether they’re going to recreate a period debate or try to use modern conflict resolution methods on reenactors. Either way, it could be interesting.
Kansas Settlers Try Again Beyond “Bloody Kansas”
Thea Nietfeld, Presenter
February 15 at 2:00 pm in the Balkans Room at the Overman Student Center In honor of Black History Month and 150th anniversary of Kansas statehood Sponsored by The Tilford Group, Student Diversity, & Campus Activities Center
Grounded in history and theory, this presentation engages participants with a situation that was formative for our regional culture in order to imagine alternatives for the future. The “Bloody Kansas” era used violence to terrorize political opponents, such as in the massacres at Pottawatamie and Marias des Cygnes Creeks. By bringing Captain John Brown and other leaders to life, we can consider alternative approaches for their decision-making.
Thea Nietfeld is an experienced in conflict resolution and has done numerous public presentations on peaceful alternatives in conflict resolution and negotiation. Her work with labor unions and as a state volunteer mediator in Iowa and Oklahoma led her to focus on peacemaking in her work as Unitarian Universalist (UU) clergy. She teaches nonviolence at the college level and currently serves the UU Fellowship of Salina.
As always, extra credit requires attending the event and writing a 1-2 page summary/reaction paper.
Curious what the newspaper in Pittsburg looked like on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed? Thanks to our GA Amanda Minton, we have evidence! A well-preserved copy of the Pittsburg Sun just turned up, and she allowed me to photograph and share it. Since the governor has ordered flags at half-staff today in honor of the anniversary, here’s my contribution to the remembrance.
A classic example of historical revision in process: the discovery of a slave graveyard in NY leads to an onslaught of scholarship and archaelogy about the slave trade and slavery in New England.
Recreating the sensory experience — sounds, tastes, smells, etc. — of the past is a fascinating challenge which historians have started to take much more seriously in the last decade or so. It’s easier when there are examples to work from, but recording and photographic technology aren’t much more than a century-and-a-half old, and surviving early recordings and photographs are very rare and often don’t cover what the historian really wants to know. Sometimes, though, you get lucky. The Museum of the Confederacy — an educational and historical institution, not a memorial to the Lost Cause — has found several early recordings of the long-lost “Rebel Yell” and used digital sound technology to recreate the battlefield experience. Then, Civil War Reenactors took up the call, so to speak, and you can hear a 400-man brigade recreate the sound in the second video. [Via Kevin Levin]