Center for Kansas Studies


2018 Kansas Day Celebration:

"The Last Wild Places of Kansas"

The annual CKS Kansas Day lecture will be presented by George Frazier on Monday January 29 at 3 PM in the Rita Blitt Gallery. Please join us at 2 PM in the Mulvane Museum for a catered reception.

George Frazier

George Frazier is the author of The Last Wild Places of Kansas (University Press of Kansas, 2016), which chronicles three years he spent roaming the Sunflower State b

y car, canoe, and on foot.The book takes readers to the remaining "wild places" of Kansas, places where nature collides with folklore. From the unexpected wilds of the Kansas City suburbs to the Cimarron National Grassland in the far southwestern corner of the state, Frazier curates an heirloom collection of little-known sites-- tenacious stretches of unplowed prairie, centures old forests, ancient springs, lost Native American landmarks, andother natural gems that have managed to cheat death and incubate the DNA of lost America. Packed with stories and a host of curious character-- ranchers, farmers, Native Americans, explorers, wildlife wexperts, and outdoor enthusiasts-- it's the ultimate Kansas wild lands road trip. 

This presentation is free and open to the public. 


2017 Kansas Day Celebration:

"The Black Freedom Struggle and the White Backlash in Small Town Kansas, 1960-1975" 

The CKS annual Kansas Day presentation will be given by Brent Campney on  Friday January 27, 2017. Henderson Hall, Room 208 at 4:00 PM

Brent Campney, associate professor of African American history and ethnic studies at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, will be the annual Kansas Day presenter. Dr. Campney has a Ph.D. from Emory University and is the author of This is Not Dixie: RacistViolence in Kansas, 1861–portrait of Brent Campney1927 (University of Illinois Press). He has published a dozen articles in journals such as Western Historical Quarterly, Middle West Review, and American Nineteenth-Century History. He is currently at work on two new monographs, including The Peculiar Climate of this Region: Racism, Repression, and Resistance in the Midwest, which examines Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas from the 1840s to the 1940s, and A White-and-Negro Environment which is Seldom Spotlighted: The Black Freedom Struggle in Small Town Kansas, 1940–1975.

The title of his presentation is "The Black Freedom Struggle and the White Backlash in Small Town Kansas, 1960–1975." This subject builds on his work in This is Not Dixie but carries the story into the postwar period.

This presentation is free an open to the public. All are welcome. A Kansas Day reception with book signing will follow the presentation. 

2016 Kansas Day Celebration:
"The Kansas Budget: Are We Really in Kansas Anymore?"

The CKS annual Kansas Day presentation will be given by Duane Goossen on Kansas Day, January 29, 2016. Henderson Hall, Room 208, at 4:00 PM

Duane Goossen  Duane Goossen hails from Goessel, Kansas. He graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, and holds a master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He began his career as a building contractor and ran for the State House of Representatives in the late 1980s. While representing Marion and Chase counties for seven terms in the Kansas House of Representatives, he became recognized as a moderate Republican and a voice of reason on budgetary matters, and an expert on the state’s finances. Eventually Governor Bill Graves chose Goossen to be Director of the Kansas Budget Division in the governor’s office. Duane served in that capacity for twelve years from Republican Bill Graves’ second term through the administrations of Democrats Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson. He received the National Association of State Budget Officers’ Gloria Timmer Award for career achievements in a state budget office.
  Duane left the Kansas Budget Division position with the advent of the Brownback Administration. Since that time he has continued to be a voice of clarity and reason regarding the Kansas’s precarious fiscal situation, first as a member of the Kansas Health Institute, the foundation-supported, think-tank created from the proceeds of the sale of Wichita’s Sisters of Mercy Hospital, and now as an independent consultant, editorialist and blogger.  He currently writes and speaks about the Kansas budget and state finances as a Senior Fellow with the Kansas Center for Economic Growth. He is married to Dr. Rachel Goossen of the Washburn History Department..

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