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More Than A Game: Basketball and Community Spirit

Photos and artifacts in the exhibition illustrate James Naismith's and Phog Allen's roles in shaping the game we know today and its influence in the community.
When: Thu June 7 2012 10:00 AM - Tue July 31 4:00 PM

Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III - a Conversation with James Naismith

Crosby Kemper III interviews James Naismith (Bill Worley.)

The event will be taped by KCPT for later broadcast. Major funding provided by the Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust, Ken and Cindy McClain, and the J.B. Reynolds Foundation.
When: Wed July 11 2012 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Kansas City Public Library

Explore KU: Pioneer Cemetery Tour

Join the KU Alumni Association for a behind-the-scenes tour of Pioneer Cemetery presented by local historian Katie Armitage. The tour will be approx. 30-40 min. $
When: Sun September 23 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Jay Doc Display Unveiling

A reception will be held in the lobby outside of the KU Med Store on the KU Medical Center campus for a new display featuring the Jay Doc mascot. The display includes the costume and historical information about the creation of the mascot.
When: Fri October 5 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, Kan

Lewis Lindsay Dyche and the Advent of Kansas Conservation

An evening focused on the extraordinary life and vision of Lewis LIndsay Dyche, the Dashing Kansan. Presenters include Bill Sharp, co-author of The Dashing Kansan. Chris Roady will portray Dyche. Free and open to the public. See more info.
When: Sun November 4 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Spooner Hall, 14th St. and Jayhawk Blvd.

Exhibition Opening: 100 Years of the Jayhawk: 1912-2012

Grand opening of a new exhibit in the Spencer Research Library, 3rd floor, for the opening of "100 years of the Jayhawk, 1912-2012." This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Rachel Karwas at or 785-864-8961
When: Wed December 5 2012 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

SUA presents a “30 for 30” screening with KU super-fan Josh Swade

“There’s No Place Like Home,” the ESPN “30 for 30” documentary chronicles Swade's quest to bring James Naismith’s original rules of basketball to Lawrence, KS. The event is free and open to the public with voucher obtained from SUA box office.
When: Sun February 17 2013 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Room 130, Budig Hall, 1120 W. 11th St.,

The Battle of Black Jack - 157th Anniversary of the Battle

Learn more about the John Brown and the Battle of Black Jack, a precursor to the Civil War.
When: Sat June 1 2013 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: 3 mi. east of Baldwin City, KS on Hwy. 56

Kansas Hall of Fame - Laureate Induction Ceremony

3rd Annual Kansas Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony featuring Bill Kurtis as Master of Ceremonies. Honorees: Clark Kent (Superman), 1st Kansas Colored Infantry, Dr. James Naismith, Drs. C.F., Karl & Will Menninger and KANSAS, the band. Advanced ticket purchase required.
When: Fri June 21 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

#QR1863 Workshop

With a little more than a month away from the 150th Anniversary of Quantrill's Raid, we'll hear from noted Lawrence historian Katie Armitage about the events leading up to the Raid and the activities on that horrific day in August. We'll even have a visit from Rev. Cordley, who will share his memories of the raid. The workshop will also be a chance to connect with other participants and learn more about Twitter (for those who are new to the technology). The workshop is part of our community project to "live" tweet Quantrill's Raid on Aug. 21.
When: Wed July 17 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Help the KU Natural History Museum while you dine, drink and dance at the Party in the Panorama, Saturday Oct. 12 from 7-10 pm. Tickets include event entry, drinks, international appetizers, and music by Truckstop Honeymoon. Tickets can be mailed or sent electronically.
When: Sat October 12 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Ted Owens

Talk and book signing by the former KU men's basketball head coach. The event is free and open to the public. Coach Owens will be signing his new book and one additional item (with book purchase).
When: Sun November 3 2013 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

KU Libraries University Archives: James Naismith (Public Event)

Join the KU Libraries for a rare opportunity to view and hold artifacts from KUs University Archives relating to the life and legacy of James Naismith. Complimentary appetizers will be available. This event is hosted by KU Alumni Association. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 1 at This event is free and open to the public. 913-897-8400
When: Thu November 7 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

An Evening with Naismith: Artifacts of a KU Legend

Join the KU Alumni Association for a rare opportunity to view and hold artifacts from KU’s University Archives relating to the life and legacy of James Naismith. Former men's basketball coach Ted Owens will also be in attendance. Owens, who led two teams to the Final Four and won a record 206 games in Allen Field House, has chronicled his life and career in "At The Hang-Up: Seeking Your Purpose, Running Your Race, Finishing Strong". He will share stories from his time at KU, offer his thoughts on this year's team and Coach Self and answer questions about his book. Contact Tyler Rockers at or 800.584.2957 with questions.

The cost is $10 per person for Presidents Club, Life and Jayhawk Society Members, $15 for annual members and $20 for nonmembers. The cost to attend includes the exhibit and light hors d'oeurves. A cash bar will also be available.
When: Thu February 6 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Jayhawk Tower, 700 S.W. Jackson St., Topeka, KS 66603

Kevin Willmott's 'Jayhawkers' at the Lied Center

University of Kansas Film & Media Studies Professor Kevin Willmott’s latest film, "Jayhawkers," will premiere at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Lied Center.

Willmott’s latest film tells the story of a group of unlikely allies who modernized college sports and changed Lawrence during the Civil Rights movement that would transform American society. "Jayhawkers" stars KU alumnus Kip Niven ("Magnum Force," "Return to Lonesome Dove") as Coach Phog Allen, Jay Karnes ("The Shield," "Burn Notice") as Chancellor Franklin Murphy and Trai Byers ("90210," "All My Children") as jazz musician Nathan Davis. The film also features Justin Wesley as Wilt Chamberlain.

Additional screenings will be at 11 a.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, and 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, all at the Lied Center. Tickets can be purchased at the Lied Center Box office.

For more information about the premiere, contact Sarah Sahin in the Film & Media Studies Department at
When: Fri February 14 2014 7:00 PM - Sun February 16 9:00 PM
Where: Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive Lawrence, KS 66045


Kansas Athletics is pleased to announce an anniversary party unlike any other, celebrating 60 years of Jayhawk Basketball in Allen Fieldhouse. Coaching legends Ted Owens, Larry Brown, Roy Williams and current head coach Bill Self will reunite in Lawrence to pay homage to college basketball's most storied building.
When: Mon October 27 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Separate But Not Equal - Bill Tuttle

Although Kansas joined the Union as a free state, African Americans entering this new land looking for homes and livelihoods encountered a rigid color line. The conflict between lofty ideals and racist realities became a central theme of the African American experience in Kansas.

In Separate But Not Equal: The Quest for African American Civil Rights at the University of Kansas, 1865-1970, historian Bill Tuttle details the story of a century-old fight for freedom at the state’s flagship university – which mirrored many Lawrence institutions in congratulating itself on its racially open admissions policy while enforcing until the 1960s a strict Jim Crow system of racial separation.
Tuttle is professor emeritus of American Studies at KU whose books include Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919.

When: Sun November 16 2014 2:00 PM - 3:30 AM

Jayhawk Collection Grand Opening

There will be a ribbon cutting for the new Jayhawk Collection display in the Kansas Union on January 29, 2015, in conjunction with the Student Union Activities Tea at 3pm in the Jayhawk Ink lounge. The display and collection were made possible by a gift from James and Mary Ellen Ascher. Additional support was provided by the Chancellor’s Office. 250 Jayhawk Collection prints will be given out at the event. The public is invited.
When: Thu January 29 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Jayhawk Ink, Lv. 2, Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS

KU 150: 150 Years of the University of Kansas - Monroe Dodd

Even before Kansas became a state, Kansans wanted a university. What no one knew in territorial days or in the earliest years of statehood — or even after the University of Kansas opened for classes — was how big and how good it might become. In KU’s first semester, 55 students enrolled but the faculty of three found not one prepared for college work.

The university would grow into a vast and intricate educational machine that in the 21st century counts more than 27,000 students and 1,600 faculty members across multiple campuses. Former Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times editor Monroe Dodd, who has written a new coffee table book for Kansas City Star Books that commemorates the school’s sesquicentennial, discusses the often difficult, 150-year journey through wars, economic pitfalls, clashes of ideas and ideologies, and the unending demands of politics.
When: Thu February 5 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

1965 Strong Hall Sit-In: Reflection and Commemoration

Free and Public event concerning the March 8, 1965 sit-in at KU Chancellor W. Clarke Wescoe's office in Strong Hall. About 150 members of the Civil Rights Council, an organization of both black and white students, sat down in the hallway at about 10:30 a.m. with the goal of bringing attention to the administration’s tacit approval of discrimination in campus housing and University-sanctioned organizations, particularly fraternities and sororities. Learn more:
When: Mon March 9 2015 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: The Forum at Marvin Hall, 1465 Jayhawk Blvd, The Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Free Public Event

Transforming the University of Kansas: A History, 1965-2015 - Public Panel Discussion

A public panel discussion will be led by the book's co-editors, KU Professor John Rury and Associate Professor Kim Cary Warren, will feature many of the book's authors.
When: Tue September 29 2015 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Big 12 Room, Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS

Transforming the University of Kansas: A History, 1965-2015 - Public Panel Discussion

A public panel discussion will be led by the book's co-editors, KU Professor John Rury and Associate Professor Kim Cary Warren, will feature many of the book's authors.
When: Tue October 6 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Regnier Hall Auditorium, Edwards Campus, 12600 Quirvira Rd., Overland Park, KS.

INGENUITY @ KU: 125 years of engineering innovation, education and engagement

The exhibit highlights the history and leadership of the School of Engineering; publications and patents produced by faculty, alumni and students; the engaged work of students on campus and around the world and, finally, the School’s long history of prioritizing diversity.
When: Thu September 8 2016 1:00 PM - Thu January 12 2017 8:00 AM
Where: Haricombe Gallery, Watson Library

The Art of Conversation: Segregation and Civil Rights

As part of last June's Free State Festival, the Watkins partnered with the Lawrence Arts Center on The Art of Conversation: Race and Social Justice, one of our most popular programs in recent memory. Now we have teamed up again to turn The Art of Conversation into a yearlong series!

Our September 30 event--a collaboration between the Watkins, the LAC, and City of Lawrence, Kansas - Municipal Government--will feature The University of Kansas historian William M. Tuttle along with several eyewitnesses discussing segregation in 1960's Lawrence and the grassroots movement that brought about the historic Fair Housing Ordinance of 1967, one of the first in the nation. Additionally, audience members will hear about two new projects documenting Lawrence's activist history.

The Art of Conversation: Segregation and Civil Rights will be a wonderful opportunity for all of us to engage with scholars, historic witnesses, and each other about crucial issues that define us.
When: Fri September 30 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM