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“Strength through Numbers” Symposium on Quindaro, KS

04/20/2018 – 04/21/2018 @ All Day – The symposium “Strength through Numbers” will contribute to the process of designating the ruins of the Quindaro townsite as a National Historic Landmark. Quindaro, Kansas was a port town founded in 1857 as a safe harbor for free-state migrants and escaped slaves, after pro-slavery residents blockaded all other ports on the Missouri River. The community was […]


Edward E. Baptist, White Predators, Free States: From the Fugitive Slave Act to George Zimmerman

04/05/2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Edward E. Baptist, a historian of capitalism and slavery in the United States, is the author of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism and Creating an Old South. His work highlights the central importance of slavery to the economic development of the United States. The discomfort caused by […]

Channy Laux, Short Hair Detention

Channy Chhi Laux, Short Hair Detention: Memoir of a Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Surviving the Cambodian Genocide

04/06/2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – In four short years from 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge killed an estimated two million Cambodian people. Surviving this genocide as a thirteen-year old, Channy Laux found safety as a refugee in Lincoln, Nebraska. After a successful career as an engineer in Silicon Valley, she is now breaking decades of personal silence with a […]

FF Andrew Hurley Talk 03.18

Andrew Hurley, “Placing the Past in Community Landscapes: Insights from St. Louis”

03/02/2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Over the past fifty years, many urban neighborhoods in the United States have seized upon history and heritage as a means of projecting a distinctive identity, strengthening community pride, and stimulating economic revitalization.  Officially authorized mechanisms of commemoration and preservation, however, fail to accommodate the myriad ways in which different communities assign historical importance and […]


Sandra Enriquez, “Dreams of Our Mothers: Mexican American Grassroots Activism and the Creation of La Fe Clinic in South El Paso, Texas”

02/02/2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – In 1967, an unfortunate accident resulting in the death of a young girl rallied the community of South El Paso to bring accessible and quality healthcare to the area. In the midst of the Chicana/o Movement, a group of single mothers and grandmothers, organized the community of South El Paso to bring affordable care to […]


First Fridays: Lecture Series in New Historical Research

12/01/2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Latinxs in the Heartland:  The Political Economy of Placemaking Alejandro Garay-Huaman, Ph.D. candidate in Economics and Graduate Research Assistant at the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program, and Dr. Clara Irazábal-Zurita, Professor of Planning, and Director of the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program, UMKC The relationship between the processes of global capitalist accumulation and […]