Grad Student Spotlight: Kat Goetting

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had pets. That’s probably because my mom got our first dog, Dixie, about a year before I was born. She was my best friend for 13 years. We slept together, ate together, played together—and while we may not have cried together, she was always there to lend … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Kat Goetting

Radical Care

Earlier this week on January 29, Professor Tanya Gonzalez received the 2018 Commerce Bank and W. T. Kemper Foundation Presidential Faculty/Staff Award for Distinguished Services to Historically Under-Represented Students. Many of our colleagues support underrepresented students at Kansas State, including Assistant Professor Tosha Sampson-Choma who was honored as a nominee. We are thrilled that Tanya … Continue reading Radical Care

Grad Student Spotlight: Lexi Bedell

As we enter the second week of the semester and try to stay warm during the current Polar Vortex and sub-zero wind chills, we showcase a recent Twitter thread from Alexis (Lexi) Bedell (M.A. '20). Lexi attended the 2019 Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago, IL (3-6 January). Known as "MLA" for short, the convention … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Lexi Bedell

Alumni Spotlight: Zach Powell

Should we care about the Oscars? The awards industry has grown like the world’s population in the last hundred years. Every field has its awards—advertising, aerospace, automobiles. Living also has its own: the Stinky Shoe Award, the Stella award, and of course the Guinness Book of World Records. Even dying has its own award in … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Zach Powell

Spring Preview

Though today's ice and snow remind us that winter is still at hand, the start of the semester promises springtime ahead! Here are some of the events that we're looking forward to in the coming months: ~ Associate Professor Abby Knoblauch launches our Spring Colloquia Series on Wednesday, February 13. Abby is back from her … Continue reading Spring Preview

Arts and Sciences X 1

  On December 8, 2018, Professor Don Hedrick provided the commencement address for the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University, following on receipt of the 2017 Gaches Lifetime Teaching Award from the College. Below is the text of his speech. Many thanks to Don for allowing us to share it here. (You … Continue reading Arts and Sciences X 1

Grad Student Spotlight: Krista Danielson

Moin! That’s how people in northern Germany say “hello.” Doesn’t matter if you’re clubbing on the Reeperbahn, banking downtown, or jogging around the Alster on a Sunday afternoon — in Hamburg, you greet each other with moin. I’m spending this fall semester studying abroad at the University of Hamburg. Some of my classes are in English and … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Krista Danielson

Undergrad Spotlight: Sean and Zach Lawless

English majors in creative writing Sean Lawless (BA '19) and Zach Lawless (BA '19) spent a month last summer using their creative writing skills at VeracityColab, a video agency in Orange County, California. They wrote video copy on tight deadlines and contributed to the creative teams producing videos for a range of organizations. Among their … Continue reading Undergrad Spotlight: Sean and Zach Lawless

Fight Stupidity; Keep Reading: A Dispatch from the Internationale Jugendbibliothek

Since the first of September I have been at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek (IJB) in Munich, Germany. Why? As part of a larger cross-cultural study of diversity in children’s literature, I’m exploring how multiculturalism functions in Germany, via German picture books — chosen in part because they pose the smallest barrier to my limited (but improving!) … Continue reading Fight Stupidity; Keep Reading: A Dispatch from the Internationale Jugendbibliothek