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Annie get Your Gun? – George Hanson & Steve Six

Who Decides?: The Teaching of History, Race, and Sexuality in the Public Schools – Nicholas Mitchell


Afghanistan Today – Ahmad Baset Azizi

Afghanistan Film Series – See Cinema Studies Activity – Special Screenings


Due to the pandemic Paul Lim delivered the following programs via his personal Zoom account

Documentary The Day After Trinity (with special guest Felix Moos)
Documentary Putin’s Revenge (with special guest Jake Kipp)


  • Big Changes Afoot – Ron Barret-Gonzolez, KU Professor of Aeronautical Engineering and case officer for KU’s chapter of the AAUP
  • Current Challenges Facing the ACLU in Kansas and America – Lauren Bonds, ACLU Legal Director and Interim Executive Director
  • Law Enforcement Issues Facing Lawrence – Gregory Burns Jr., Lawrence Police Chief
  • The Importance of Engagement in Today’s Political Climate – Bill Lacy, Director, Dole Institute of Politics
  • The Political Challenges Our Community Faces Today – Burdett Loomis, KU Professor Emeritus of Political Science
  • The Persecution of Falun Gong in China – Linda Kuang, Fallun Gong Member
  • The Kansas and Lawrence Political Environments – Dennis “Boog” Highberger – Kansas State Representative


  • The Real Danger of Social Media: Trumping Elections in a Technocracy, Zacory Boatright, KU English Creative Writing graduate from Topeka and now Director of Marketing at Scottsdale Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Elections of 2018, Patrick Miller, KU Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Dynamics of Local Election Politics, Dustin Stumblingbear, Retired Army Veteran and Candidate for Lawrence City Commission
  • Russia’s New Global War Under Vladimir Putin, Jake Kipp, KU Adjunct Professor of History, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Implications of Guns on Campus, Chris Keary, KU Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety
  • China’s Soft Power in American Academe: The Confucian Institutes, Gary Bjorge, Retired Professor of Military History at U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and East Asian Librarian at KU
  • Fake News and the Need for Reliable Journalism in Today’s World, Lisa McLendon, Bremner Editing Center Coordinator at KU William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • U.S.-Korean Relations in Context of Recent Contacts Between North Korea and the Current U.S. Administration, Major Hosub Shim, Republic of Korea (South Korea) Army and KU Doctoral Student in Military History
  • Presidential Power and the Constitution in the Trump Administration, Richard Levy, KU J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law
  • The Political Dynamics of Present-Day Nigeria, Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, KU Professor Emerita with joint appointments in the Department of Theatre and Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Kansas Democratic Party’s Outreach at Public University Campuses and The Role of Youth in Reshaping Our Troubled National Politics, Ananda Bhatia, KU Olathe Senior in Political Science and Spanish and Campus Organizing Director for the Kansas Democratic Party
  • Digital Media: Privacy, Security and the Law, Michael H. Hoeflich, KU John H. and John M. Kane Distinguished Professor of Law
  • The Significance of the November 6, 2018, Election, Patrick Miller, KU Assistant Professor of Political Science


  • A filmed concert of Alan Gilbert conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra playing Mahler’s Second Symphony (“The Resurrection”) on the 10th anniversary of 9/11
  • International Relations on the Korean Peninsula, Major Hosub Shim, Republic of Korea (South Korea) Army and KU Doctoral Student in Military History
  • Elections of 2018, Burdett Loomis, KU Professor of Political Science
  • Political Values in Kevin Willmott’s Films, Kevin Willmott, KU Professor of Film and Media Studies and Screenwriter with Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman and Producer of Documentary and Other Films

There were special screenings of two Willmott films, Jayhawkers and The Only Good Indian, a week prior to his presentation.