Arts and Entertainment

OPINION

At two historic Kansas graveyards, the scariest of frights and the deepest of emotions

BY: - October 21, 2021

Scouting through the winding paths of Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, I found a small patch of green dotted with children’s graves. It’s on a high point of the rolling tract, which is covered with trees and a dizzying array of markers from the 1860s to the present. Among the stones was a pile of […]

University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University recognized the reinstallation of vandalized public art panels by KU graduate Edgar Heap of Birds, who offered viewers a sense of place by displaying the name of Kansas spelled backward next to the name of five tribes that previously inhabited the area. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KU marks reinstallation of Indigenous artwork vandalized, stolen at campus museum

BY: - October 14, 2021

KU reinstalls artwork by Edgar Heap of Birds vandalized and stolen from a display outside the Spencer Museum of Art on campus.

OPINION

Politics as folk art: Outsiders no more

BY: - October 10, 2021

I remember the first time I drove past M.T. Liggett’s place outside Mullinville in Kiowa County. Like many other motorists in western Kansas over the years, I pulled to the side of U.S. 54 to get a better look at Liggett’s political, primitive and very public art installation. There were a couple of hundred metal […]

OPINION

Audio Astra: Podcasts reflect changing face of media and journalism

BY: - October 8, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. About five hours into my listening of Kansas podcasts this week, I paused the audio. As the Kansas farmland blurred past my rearview mirror, […]

OPINION

I’ve written about 100 amazing things to see and do in Kansas. How many have you managed?

BY: - September 30, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Roxie Yonkey has written the forthcoming book “100 Things to Do in Kansas Before You Die.” She will talk about it at appearances across the state […]

OPINION

Audio Astra: COVID insecurity in many different forms

BY: - September 11, 2021

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. COVID-19 has become so ingrained in our news coverage that I didn’t realize essentially all of the stories in this week’s Audio Astra are […]

’Ghosts of Segregation’ asks Kansans to face their complicity in America’s racist history

BY: - September 2, 2021

TOPEKA — Richard Frishman sees the pervasiveness of racism and oppression throughout much of America’s built environment. In March 2018, the Pulitzer-nominated photographer set out to document locations emblematic of racial injustices, including segregated entrances and sites of racial violence. For Frishman, who began his career in photojournalism documenting white supremacist groups and racial tensions, […]

Salina native Adrianna Franch competes in Tokyo for U.S. women’s soccer team

BY: - July 21, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas’ first-ever women’s soccer Olympian is going for gold this summer in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Adrianna Franch, a Salina native, was named to the 18-player U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team roster last month for the pandemic-delayed Olympics. She will back up starting goalie Alyssa Naeher as Team USA seeks to reclaim […]