U.S. Department of State Visit Day

By , October 26, 2015 9:17 am

State Department flyer 2015Interested in what it takes to be a diplomat and work in a foreign office?


Robert Andrew, the Diplomat-in-Residence from the U.S. Department of State, will be visiting UMKC on Tuesday, October 27.  His schedule will allow for several presentations listed below.



U.S. State Dept. Careers Presentation– 9am-10am, Atterbury Student Success Center Room 237

  • Informative discussion on the various career opportunities offered by the U.S. State Department

Coffee with a Diplomat– 1pm-2pm, Atterbury Student Success Center Room 237

  • “Ask a Diplomat” about careers in the U.S. Department of State

Coffee with a Diplomat– 4pm-5pm, Atterbury Student Success Center Room 237

  • “Ask a Diplomat” about careers in the U.S. Department of State

Foreign Service Oral Assessment Info Session5pm-7pm, Atterbury Student Success Center Room 222

  • Information in preparing for the Foreign Officer Test and the Qualification Evaluations Panel

Construction Update: Bixby Lane Closure

By , October 23, 2015 12:54 pm

Construction UpdateBixby Lane will close to vehicular traffic beginning October 27 and will reopen sometime around November 19 so that we can rework the concrete walk on the north side of the oval drive.  We will be able maintain all pedestrian access around this space for those going to and from the west side of campus.

Bixby Lane is the one-way street exiting the parking lot shared by the Performing Arts Center and the Atterbury Student Success Center.  It directs traffic onto Cherry Street near the parking structure.

Social Justice Lecture with Dr. Steve Perry

By , October 23, 2015 11:41 am

Social Justice LectureThe Diversity & Inclusion 9th annual Social Justice lecture features Dr. Steve Perry, MSW, Ed.D.

The goal of the Social Justice Series is to spark relevant dialogue around social justice issues and a commitment to civil rights for everyone, including students.  This year’s speaker can ignite that conversation.

“… the elements that will make running effective schools possible in the new millennium: great teachers and great lesson plans, committed principals, a lengthened school calendar, the use of technology and an updated curriculum …” Steve Perry

The above excerpt is from Perry’s book, “Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve – Even If It Means Picking a Fight.” Perry, Ed.D., will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 in Pierson Auditorium, followed by a book signing.

Register Now for October 28, 2015 at 6pm

Please note:  we have reached our capacity for Pierson Auditorium (600). However, we welcome you to still please join us by registering.  Upon arrival we will direct folks to a number of classrooms next to Pierson or Miller Nichols Library to view a live stream of Dr. Perry.  All, of course, are welcome to Pierson for the 7pm book signing.  Follow @DrStevePerry to alternatively watch a live broadcast of the lecture from the app PERISCOPE.  Dr. Perry will be live streaming using the new APP PERISCOPE.

What does a Physicist do? At the South Pole?

By , October 15, 2015 12:41 pm

PhysicsLinda Hall Library is sponsoring two free programs Thursday Oct. 22 featuring Dr. Naoko Kurahashi Neilson, Assistant Professor of Physics at Drexel University.

At 1:30 p.m. in the Linda Hall Library Auditorium, Dr. Neilson will host “How Do I Become a Physicist?” She will answer student questions such as “How do I select a graduate program?” “How do I land a cool post doc?” and “What jobs can I get with a physics degree?” Students can register to attend for free at http://www.lindahall.org/event/how-do-i-become-a-physicist-with-dr-naoko-kurahashi-neilson/. A link to a live stream of the event is also available on the registration page. Students can also ask questions via live stream by following @lindahall_org on Twitter and using the hashtag #lhlphysicist.

At 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Library’s Main Reading Room, Dr. Neilson will lecture about her experience at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the geographic South Pole. Scientists at the observatory study the universe in a new way, using neutrinos (small elementary particles) as the messenger. The study of neutrinos recently earned scientists the Nobel Prize in physics, and Dr. Neilson’s lecture will highlight her experience with this new way of looking at physics, while living in extreme conditions. This evening event is also free, but e-tickets are required and can be found at http://www.lindahall.org/event/icecube-seeing-the-universe-in-neutrinos-from-the-earths-south-pole/.

The Saudi Arabian Woman’s Identity – MA Thesis Art Exhibit

By , October 15, 2015 12:39 pm

Women's RightsThe Saudi Arabian Woman’s Identity – MA Thesis Art Exhibit of Fawziah Al-Thobaiti

Thursday, October 29—Friday, November 13, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 29, 5:00—7:00pm

The Saudi Arabian woman has been seen as a mysterious figure draped in black. She is known to be mistreated, to have her rights stolen, and to be the subject of other hurtful depictions. Unfortunately, these images are limited in scope – focusing only on the negative aspects of life in Saudi Arabia. Fawziah Al-Thobaiti was born and raised there, and while studying in the United States, she has witnessed her culture from a critical distance.

Al-Thobaiti combines contemporary typography, illustration and photography with Arabic calligraphy as a means to create works – both digitally and by hand – that depict the real life of today’s Saudi women. These images form a cultural portrait offering viewers insight into the ongoing successes and challenges of Saudi women at present such as: women’s rights, marriage, driving laws, education, achievements abroad, and the misconceptions of some issues that have negatively affected their lives.

Through her M.A. thesis exhibition, Al-Thobaiti has set out to highlight the changes that have assisted Saudi women to gain their rightful positions in society. Al-Thobaiti hopes that her works will continue to give voice to these women via print media and online networks.

Shown at the UMKC Gallery of Art, Thursday, October 29 through Friday, November 13, 2015.

Visit our website: http://info.umkc.edu/art/umkcgallery/contact/

Email us: umkcgallery@umkc.edu

Call us: 816-235-1502

Fall 2015 Hours

Monday 9am—noon, Tuesday 10:30—6:00, Wednesday 9am—4pm,

Thursday 10:30—6pm, Friday noon—5pm

*Image shown above: Women’s Rights, Digital Print, 2015

Debate on Public Education and Social Justice

By , October 15, 2015 12:31 pm

Education DebateAs part of the Social Justice Series, the UMKC Debate Team will interrogate current education policy and weigh future options from 6:30 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, Royall Hall, Room 111.

The debate, “Education Policy Debate,” is hosted by the UMKC Debate Team and Debate KC. The teams will mostly focus on privatization.

According to Malcolm Gordon, UMKC research assistant in the department of communication studies and assistant director of the UMKC Debate Team, public education is a hot topic.

“Public education has become a vital battleground in fights for social justice. It helps shape the values, norms and beliefs of future generations,” said Gordon. “It is the gateway to what is left of the American dream – social mobility and equality of opportunity are inextricably linked to our educational opportunities. The UMKC debate team is proud to contribute to a public discourse on this topic by doing what we do best – developing arguments using peer-reviewed, scholarly research, and analyzing the ideological assumptions behind many public stances on education policy.”

For more information or if you have questions, email Matt Vega or the UMKC Debate.

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