The bleeding truth about vampires, soucouyants and the undead

Vampires are an elusive, transfixing and terrifying piece of folklore. Their human characteristics and affinity for blood make them even more fearsome. Vampires appear in cultural traditions all across the globe and are becoming more prominent in popular culture today – think Vampire Diaries and the shimmery beauty of Edward Cullen. We asked a couple […]

6 things #KUresearch discovered this summer

Taking a break from the classroom, many of our talented faculty and students were hard at work this summer digging into their research – sometimes literally. Here’s just a short list of what these Jayhawks accomplished. Wanting more? Check out all the College news here. The gate to Goliath’s hometown Yes, that Goliath. As in, […]

Q&A with Megan Lease: KU’s First PhD Candidate in Women’s Studies

On the first day of the new semester, Megan Lease made history. Megan defended her dissertation, “A Strong Woman of the Lord: Performing Gender at the Intersection of Sport and Evangelical Christianity,” making her the first student at KU to receive a PhD from the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. KU is one of only 14 […]

Cool Class: BIOL 418/EVRN 420 – Biology of Cicadas

This summer Lawrence residents experienced a phenomenon they haven’t seen since 1998. Swarms of cicadas. Every summer annual “dog days” cicadas make an appearance in Lawrence and neighboring areas but this summer brought cicadas by the tens of thousands. These cicadas are periodical, living underground for 17 years before popping above ground for a brief […]

12 classes you didn’t take in High School

High school provides a great foundation of education. But now that you’re at KU, it’s time to explore – and there’s no better place than in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. With more than 55 departments, programs and centers; 40 languages; and 100 major and minor options – chances are we’ve got what […]

Graduation Profile: Senior perseveres to give speech of a lifetime

As a first-generation college student and a single parent earning minimum wage, Alyssa Cole was stressed and frustrated. At the end of her rope, she decided to write a letter to the one person she thought could help, President Barack Obama. “Writing to him was basically a last resort,” Cole, a Garden City senior, said. […]

Graduation Profile: Academic success isn’t up for debate

Waiting with bated breath for the results to be posted, the excitement in the room was palpable. After a moment of silent scanning, a single shout goes up and the team erupts. Jumping up and down, the cheers from the crowd signal that the team of Jyleesa Hampton and Quaram Robinson made it to the […]

Katherine Gwynn

Graduation Profile: Making space for women’s voices

 Katherine Gwynn, B.A. in English and women, gender & sexuality studies, Class of 2015 As a double major in English and women, gender & sexuality studies, Katherine Gwynn is an advocate for opening up the conversation about women’s experiences. “I’m really passionate about not treating women as a monolith in the arts or literature but […]