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Dr. Rebecca Egli (UMKC History BA ’08) receives Postdoctoral Fellowship at Linda Hall Library

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca (Mowry) Egli on receiving a post-doctoral Residential Fellowship at Linda Hall Library. During her two-month stay, she will conduct research for her current project, “Seeds of Misfortune: Food, Crop Diversity, and the Simplification of American Nature,” a history of America’s plant explorers that examines the impact of plant introduction and breeding on agricultural biodiversity and innovation.

Rebecca Egli FullRebecca grew up in Kansas City and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UMKC’s History Department in 2008. She earned a Master of Arts degree in history from King’s College London in 2010 and a doctorate in history from the University of California, Davis in 2018.

Exploring intersections between agriculture, science, and the environment, her dissertation, “The World of Our Dreams: Agricultural Explorers and the Promise of American Science,” looks at federal scientists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, exploring developments in plant biology and the ecological consequences of importing non-native plants into the United States.

We are so proud to have Dr. Egli conducting research again in Kansas City!

UMKC History iPhD K. David Hanzlick publishes book with U. MO Press

Congratulations to K. David Hanzlick, alumnus of the History iPhD program, on the publication of his book, Benevolence, Moral Reform, Equality: Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1870-1940, with the University of Missouri Press.

Hanzlick BookHanzlick traces the rise and evolution of women’s activism in a rapidly growing, Midwestern border city, one deeply scarred by the Civil War and struggling to determine its meaning. Over the course of 70 years, women in Kansas City emerged from the domestic sphere by forming and working in female-led organizations to provide charitable relief, reform society’s ills, and ultimately claim space for themselves as full participants in the American polity. Focusing on the social construction of gender, class, and race, and the influence of political philosophy in shaping responses to poverty, Hanzlick also considers the ways in which city politics shaped the interactions of local activist women with national women’s groups and male-led organizations.

K. David Hanzlick is Director of Program and Development for Sheffield Place, a treatment and transitional living program for homeless mothers and children. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Nonprofit Leadership Program at Rockhurst University and the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University.

Meet Our Alumni

Assistant Attorney General Alexandra Alpough

If you are interested in pursuing a BLA or MALS degree, you might want to learn more about some of our recent graduates.

  • Alexandra Alpough: an assistant attorney general working in the labor division of the Missouri Attorney General’s office.
  • Christopher D. Harris:  recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Award

Delic Fatima Awarded 2017 Harry S. Truman Bootrap

Two UMKC students, Fatima Delic and Cameron Casey, have been selected as 2017 Harry S. Truman Bootstrap awardees. Chosen in a competitive process among UMKC undergraduate applicants, they will join interns from the other University of Missouri campuses living together in condos near the Capitol and working in offices of Missouri representatives and senators.

Cameron Casey, an Urban Planning and Design major, and Fatima Delic, a double major in Political Science and Communication Studies, will be assigned to governmental offices (legislative or administrative) and will work with identified mentors while there. More information is available here.

Students and Faculty Present at CSCA Conference

A girl is giving speech Communication Studies major Chelsea Bihlmeyer recently presented her paper, “Unpacking the Tinder Lexicon: Visual Rhetoric and Power,” at the 2017 annual conference Central States Communication Association. The paper was competitively selected, and was the result of an independent study she completed with Dr. Steven Melling during the Fall, 2016 semester.

Students and Faculty Present at CSCA Conference

A girl is giving speech Communication Studies major Chelsea Bihlmeyer recently presented her paper, “Unpacking the Tinder Lexicon: Visual Rhetoric and Power,” at the 2017 annual conference Central States Communication Association. The paper was competitively selected, and was the result of an independent study she completed with Dr. Steven Melling during the Fall, 2016 semester.

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New Letters on the Air Celebrates National Poetry Month at the Kansas City Public Library with NEA Fellows Hadara Bar-Nadav & Kathryn Nuernberger

Twin girlsMissouri poets Hadara Bar-Nadav and Kathryn Nuernberger, who both received National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships in December 2016, will take to the stage of the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library with New Letters on the Air host/producer, Angela Elam. On Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, they will discuss their recent books and “What Makes a Poem Work?” for National Poetry Month. April also marks the beginning of the 40th year of broadcasting for this nationally-distributed public radio literary show that is the companion to New Letters magazine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and can be heard locally on KCUR 89.3 FM. More information is available here.

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UMKC/UMSL offer first Transnational Student Research Course with U. of Hamburg in FS18

During the nineteenth century, large numbers of German migrants settled in the state of Missouri. In this three-credit online course in public history (HIST 400B/5500B), students from the universities of Missouri in Kansas City and St. Louis will collaborate with German peers from the University of Hamburg in researching and writing short interpretive essays on the everyday lives of German migrants before, during, and after their migration.
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