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Getting ready for spring break? We have a full slate of events the week after. Kicking the week off is historian Estelle Freedman's lecture "Redefining Rape," March 23, 3:30 at the Hall Center. Seats are limited for what is sure to be an important and fascinating talk. http://hallcenter.ku.edu/event/65932
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Anna Deavere Smith will still be at the Lied @liedcenterks at 7:30 p.m., but this event will now take place on May 14, 2015.
David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”
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