Celka Straughn

Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs
Spencer Museum of Art
Ph.D., University of Chicago
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Dr. Straughn is Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs at the Spencer Museum of Art. Her doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago examined Jewish art and expressionism in early twentieth-century Germany.

Research Interests: modern German art, Jewish art and culture in Germany, art collecting and exhibitions, art historiography, digital humanities, medical humanities.

Calendar of the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
The Graduate Association of German Studies (GAGS) at the University of Kansas announces a Call for Papers for their 19th Annual Conference: "Niemandsland / No Mans Land: Lost in the Homeland and Searching for a Third Space" Keynote Speaker: Dr. Majid Hannoum, KU Department of Anthropology. "Is There a Third Space? On Exile and Returning Home" Friday April 10, 2015 4:30pm - 7:00pm Max Kade Center (Sudler House) Grad Student Presentations - Saturday, April 11th, 9:30am to 2:30pm, MKC #KUSLLC

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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor 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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