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  1. Prismatic Blade Production in the Lower Cacaulapa Valley, Honduras: Implications for a Late Classic Political EconomyFri, 08 Dec 2017 06:20:07 PST
    Investigations of ancient political economies frequently focus on craft production. How manufacturing is organized can provide critical insights on more than the economy because social interactions and political processes are also involved. Here we consider how the acquisition, fabrication, and distribution of obsidian blades figured in the political strategies of craftworkers and elites within the Late Classic (AD 600800) lower Cacaulapa Valley, northwestern Honduras. This evidence provides insights into the organization of craft manufacture across southeastern Mesoamerica and suggests that current models do not capture the varied production strategies that may be pursued within the same polity. Las investigaciones sobre las economas polticas de los antiguos Mayas se enfocan frecuentemente en la produccin artesanal. El modo de organizacin del proceso demanufactura nos puede proporcionar una visin crtica que va ms all de la economa, debido a que involucra mltiples interacciones sociales y polticas. En este trabajo consideramos cmo la adquisicin, fabricacin y distribucin de navajas de obsidiana form parte de las estrategias polticas de los artesanos y las lites del Clsico tardo (600800 dC) en el valle inferior de Cacaulapa, en el noroeste de Honduras. Esta evidencia arroja una imagen de la organizacin de la manufactura artesanal en el sureste de Mesoamrica y sugiere que los modelos actuales no encapsulan las mltiples estrategias de produccin que pueden perseguirse dentro de una entidad poltica. More...
  2. New MacroeconomicsFri, 29 Sep 2017 12:25:13 PDT
    This paper will answer the question of why job growth slows down when unemployment is 16 years low (WSJ: June 3, 2017). The first objective of the paper is to introduce what I call the direct approach, to reinforce the hypothesis, (which the author has established in other papers) that the major reason labor productivity declined in recent years in the U.S.- in the long run- was the activities of the redistribution of power and income, which reduced labor mobility. The second objective is to create a new macroeconomics theory by applying the above hypothesis, demonstrating that there are two types of macroeconomics theories: one with an economy with high labor mobility which occurs during a prosperity period (like 1995-2006), and other with an economy with low labor mobility which occurs during a stagnant period (like 2007-2017). The former will be consistent with the currently existing traditional macroeconomics theory. But currently existing traditional macroeconomics will contradict with the reality under the latter as the WSJ published. I have written this article to create a new macroeconomics that highlights the economy with low labor mobility during a stagnant period. More...
  3. Kansas Studies: Kansas History and ImageFri, 08 Sep 2017 07:45:04 PDT
    Whether free staters or exodusters, reformers or hayseeds, Auntie Em or Bob Dole, Kansans' histories have not always matched their image, but the two have definitely evolved together. This course explores key moments in Kansas history -- the "bleeding" territory period, early 20th-century progressivism and the Dust Bowl -- and shows how early depictions of Kansas in national media have changed as a consequence. More...
  4. Kansas Studies: Ethnic Groups in the 20th CenturyFri, 08 Sep 2017 07:44:56 PDT
    Geared toward those interested in ethnic studies and Kansas history, this course will explore the strengths and struggles of various ethnic groups occupying the state of Kansas leading up to and during the 20th century. What role did these groups play in the development of Kansas communities, and what can this history teach us about the myths and realities of immigration, both past and present? More...
  5. Stories of Kansas WomenFri, 08 Sep 2017 07:44:49 PDT
    Real and fictitious Kansas women from the 1800s tell their stories through books, diaries, legal records and newspaper articles. We'll visit with Laura from the Little House on the Prairie; Miriam Colt who kept a diary when she moved to Neosho, Kansas, in 1862; Carrie Nation and her "baseball bat;" Williana Hickman, who spent the winter of 1877 in a dugout in Nicodemus; the "Soiled Doves" and wives of Dodge City and other interesting Kansas women. More...
  6. Kansas WeatherFri, 08 Sep 2017 07:44:42 PDT
    Kansas weather can prove challenging in the modern era whether you are a farmer, a suburbanite or a meteorologist. Imagine the ways that early settlers tried to cope with the extremes of Kansas weather. This class will focus on the history of Kansas weather with special emphasis on aridity, tornadoes and the evolution of the field of meteorology. More...
  7. The Power of Place for the Midwestern ArtistFri, 08 Sep 2017 07:44:35 PDT
    Join Dr. Allison Smith, associate professor, art history, in an engaging discussion of art-making in Kansas. Well-known artists such as Aaron Douglas and John Steuart Curry will be addressed, as well as lesser-known Kansas folk artists, including M.T. Liggett and S.P. Dinsmoor (creator of the Garden of Eden). From 19th-century European immigrants (Birgir Sandzen), to contemporary trail blazers (the internationally recognized Roger Shimomura), Smith offers an informative introduction to Kansas art. More...
  8. Exploring EcologyFri, 08 Sep 2017 07:44:27 PDT
    This seminar will explore how physical and biological processes have led to the present Kansas landscape and will illustrate how Kansas ecology reflects past, present and future human resource uses. Participants will engage in a variety of guided field and/or laboratory activities that will help them better appreciate the flora and fauna of Kansas. More...
  9. A History of Osage Language... And a FutureThu, 08 Nov 2012 09:00:00 PST
    Ed Smith discusses the history of the Osage American Indian Nation, their language, and its impact and current status in the state of Kansas. More...
  10. Deitsch, Dtsch, Dtsch and Dietsch: Varieties of German in the Heart of AmericaThu, 08 Nov 2012 10:30:00 PST
    The presenter discusses different forms of German spoken in the state of Kansas, and their evolutions over time. More...