Inspiration From Elizabeth Schultz, Intrepid Advocate & Author

I've written to share my admiration for environmental and social justice leaders before, as well as to celebrate local authors; however, I haven't yet shined the spotlight on Lawrence-based scholar, poet and essayist Elizabeth (Beth) Schultz. Her writing shares connections to the natural world in thoughtful prose and poetry and her influential work to further environmental…
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Wild Hybrid Reality Tales

I am captivated by the storytelling of Jackalope Lamat Kelly, also known as Jack or Jaq. The short stories and flash fiction in Jackalope by Denise Low feature the Indigenous-centered, anthropomorphic and playful excursions of one inter-gender cryptid. These tales are based on the long-lived legend of a hybrid offspring from a jackrabbit mating with…
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An Eloquent And Provocative New Barbara Kingsolver Novel

Unsheltered is more than the title of Barbara Kingsolver's new book; it is the thoughtful overarching metaphor which connects the characters from two distinct time frames in one place. Kingsolver juxtaposes turmoil from today and the past, and yet wit and resilience are found throughout each storyline via gripping dialogue between the characters—their struggles and…
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J. Drew Lanham: An Interview In Anticipation Of His First Visit To Kansas

I’m not the only one who views J. Drew Lanham as a superhero of advocacy for the natural world—especially for greater participation among people of color as well as increased revelry for birds! Lawrence Public Library is partnering with community organizations for Dr. Lanham’s visit—including the Langston Hughes Center of KU as part of our…
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Black Birdwatcher, J. Drew Lanham, to Speak in Lawrence

I’m proud to announce that J. Drew Lanham is coming to speak in Lawrence on May 24. Dr. Lanham connects storytelling, wit, and land ethics to advocate for greater participation in the natural world—especially among people of color. He is a conservation ornithologist, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist; Drew is also an Alumni Distinguished Professor and Alumni…
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Kansas LGBT Pride

by sbraunlich January 23, 2018 Kansas Day is almost here, and I’ve got an inspiring way to celebrate! A new book is out which pays tribute to the Kansans who are advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights. In No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas, author C.J. Janovy shares…
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Hope for Social Justice

I am hopeful that this 4th of July will inspire more than just a feeling of patriotism or nationalism. I am hopeful that it will instead encourage hope for social justice and move away from a nationalism that leans dangerously toward prejudice and injustices—especially during this national holiday. I offer the books highlighted here as…
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Birding While Black: Author is Lyrically Rooted In Place With Diversity In Mind

Being nearby to see a bird in flight can be a transcendent experience. The sensation of watching a bird flying overhead has inspired me to simulate my own flight, standing with my arms raised high. And this seems most powerful in a wide-open natural area like the Haskell-Baker Wetlands—in the presence of many red-winged blackbirds…
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