Yesterday, 98 distinguished professors from four Kansas universities called for an immediate end to the Trump administration’s cruel and reckless decision to revoke the visas of any international students attending a college that goes fully on-line this fall. The full text is on Kansas State University’s news pages, and Kansas State University’s English Department’s blog.
On February 13 at 10:30 am in Topeka, the Kansas Senate will hear testimony on House Bill 2042, which appears to offer sensible gun regulation but in fact does nothing of the kind. (Try to contain your surprise.)Â I cannot be there myself.Â So, I have submitted my testimony in advance.Â I am also posting
Excited about unregulated firearms coming to Kansas State University’s campus? Â Well, be sure to thank Representative John Barker and Senator Jacob LaTurner. Â They refused to let the university campus-carry exemption bills even come up for a vote in the full House and Senate. So, thanks to them, the citizens who voted for them, and to
For nearly two months (since January 18th), Representative John Barker – the chair of theÂ Kansas House’s Federal and State Affairs Committee – has refused to bring House Bill 2074 to the full Kansas House so that the entire chamberÂ can vote on it. Â The bill extends universities’ and hospital’s exemption for campus carry, and it’s a
Yesterday, in response to overwhelming support for rolling backÂ Kansas’ insane campus carry law,Â Senator Jacob LaTurner‘s Kansas Senate Federal and State Affairs CommitteeÂ decided instead to prevent the full senate from voting on Senate Bill 53 – a bill which would have exempted college campuses from their imminent weaponization. Would the full senate have supported the measure?
Today, supporters of SenateÂ Bill 53 arrived in Topeka (Kansas’ capital), offering reasons for why firearms should not be invited onto our campus and into KU’s medical center. If you’re from a more rational U.S. state or from outside of the U.S., you may be wondering why bringing guns into classroomsÂ is evenÂ being debated. But, as of
When theÂ state legislature decides to weaponize ourÂ classrooms, how doÂ we respond? What should we do when the phrase “killing higher education” ceases being a metaphor and becomes state policy? I tackle these questions in “Just a Shot Away,” published today inÂ Inside Higher Ed. Â Here’s the opening: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Shortly after the Virginia Tech massacre, a mentally disturbed
Today, I’m joining other members of K-SAFE (K-Staters Against Fatal Encounters) and the KCGFC (Kansas Coalition for a Gun-Free Campus) at the statehouse, in Topeka. Â There, we’ll hand out flyers that – we hope – will show our legislators the grave danger theÂ “Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act.” Yes, this is really theÂ name of the
As we read the news of yet anotherÂ shooting at a school (the 17th on a college campus this year,Â the 45th school shootingÂ shooting this year*), I cannot help but wonder: when will I be among those murdered? Â Earlier this year, a roving gunman had the campus of Kansas State University (where I teach) on lockdown. Fortunately,
In 2013, the Kansas Board of Regents revoked university employees’ right to freedom of speech, making a fireable offense any speech that might be conceived as disloyal, impair discipline, or fall under the broad category of being “contrary to the best interests of the employer.”Â Now, the Kansas legislature is proposingÂ legislation that prohibits university employees from