Chats for September 2007

Chat about the pregnancy and childbirth fair

Thursday, September 27, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Chat with Stefanie Olson, certified birth doula, about Sunday's Great Expectations birth and pregnancy fair.

Chat with Maj. Andy Harvey about the future of the Iraqi Government

Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 1:00 p.m.

A Kansas University graduate student who served in Iraq will chat online before he talks tonight at the Dole Institute of Politics. Maj. Andrew Harvey, a former intelligence officer in Iraq, will take questions at 1 p.m. at Questions can be submitted in advance. Harvey is studying political science at KU. He works in the Department of Joint and Multinational Operations at Fort Leavenworth and is scheduled to retire in February. He will speak in the Simons Media Room of the Dole Institute at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Bill Mayer

Chat about Ken Burns' World War II documentary with Bill Mayer

Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

In Tuesday's Journal-World, longtime editor and columnist Bill Mayer - a World War II veteran - reviews the new Ken Burns documentary about that war. He'll take questions Tuesday afternoon.

Manhattan city leader to discuss how the community is revitalizing its downtown

Monday, September 24, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

Things are happening in Manhattan. Consider: *Construction is under way in Manhattan on a $190 million public-private partnership to build retail, residences and a destination-driver Flinthills Discovery Center on the southern and northern edges of downtown. *Manhattan, voters will go to the polls in November to determine whether to pass a new quarter-percent sales tax to fund an indoor swimming pool, improvements to the city's zoo and other recreation-oriented projects. * City voters in 2002 approved a half-percent sales tax devoted to road repair and economic development funding. In Lawrence, city commissioners have discussed for more than a year - but taken no action yet - on a sales tax proposal that would be geared toward streets and economic development. Discuss with Jason Hilgers, Manhattan assistant city manager, what ideas Lawrence leaders might want to consider.

Diane Eickhoff

Chat about 'Revolutionary Heart'

Thursday, September 20, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Author Diane Eickhoff wrote the biography "Revolutionary Heart" to draw attention to its subject Clarina Nichols, a forgotten figure in the women's rights movement of the mid-19th century. Nichols lived part of her life in Kansas and helped mold the state's constitution to include groundbreaking rights for women. "Revolutionary Heart" is this year's Read Across Lawrence book. Eickhoff, who also does a first-person portrayal of Nichols, will take questions about her book, its namesake and Read Across Lawrence events.

Lisa Harris

Chat about Lawrence's transportation future with Lisa Harris

Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

Chat about future transportation needs with Lisa Harris, chairwoman of the T2030 Committee. The Committee plans for future traffic volumes and flows in Douglas County and is holding a series of public meetings to get input on the Transportation 2030 Plan.

Chat about retirement planning with Brenda McFadden

Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Brenda McFadden, of The McFadden Group LLC, joins us to discuss financial advantages of planning for retirement.

John Glassman

Chat about Douglas County Senior Services with John Glassman

Monday, September 17, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

John Glassman, executive director, Douglas County Senior Services, will take your questions about how to live as a retired person in Lawrence.

Chat with Jane Pennington, new Director of Downtown Lawrence, Inc.

Friday, September 14, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Chat with Jane Pennington about her role as the new Downtown Lawrence, Inc., Director and about upcoming events this fall in downtown Lawrence.

Chat about Collage Concert, fine arts program at KU

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

The annual Collage Concert, which features a variety of KU student performers, is Friday night. Larry Mallett, chair of the department of music and dance at KU, will answer questions about the concert and any other music and dance questions you might have, whether they be about the 50th anniversary of Murphy Hall, the new band or orchestra directors, or anything else. The chat begins at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Chat with Maureen Fulton of the Toledo Blade

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

Join us Thursday at 2 p.m., when Maureen Fulton of the Toledo Blade joins readers to discuss Saturday's rematch of last year's 37-31 double overtime thriller.

Chip Taylor

Chat about the Monarch Watch

Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 11:00 a.m.

Chip Taylor, a world-renowned expert on butterflies and their migration patterns, will be available to answer any questions during this online chat about Monarch Watch. Taylor said that as many as 100 to 150 butterfly species come through Kansas. Taylor expects the monarchs will arrive en masse within days. Traditionally, he said, they arrive between Sept. 8 and 11. Monarch Watch volunteers will be tagging the butterflies this week. The annual tagging event is scheduled for Sept. 15 at Baker Wetlands and will run from about 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information on both events is available at <a href=""></a>.

Robert Hemenway

Chat with KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway

Monday, September 10, 2007, 2:15 p.m.

As the 16th chancellor of the University of Kansas, Robert Hemenway is the chief executive for the university, which spans the main campus in Lawrence, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, the Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan., and its clinical branch in Wichita.

Lied Center

Chat about the Lied Center's 2007-2008 season

Thursday, September 6, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Chat about the Lied Center's 2007-2008 lineup and other performing arts issues with Anthea Scouffas, the venue's director of education.

Chat with Dole Institute of Politics Interim Director

Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 1:15 p.m.

Interim Director of the Dole Institute of Politics Jonathan Earle will be in to discuss the presidential races, other issues surrounding national politics and what's going on at the Dole Institute this year.

David Braaten

Chat about Kansas University's efforts in Greenland to predict the effects of global warming

Tuesday, September 4, 2007, 1:00 p.m.

Data gathered at Kansas University's Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets is helping answer one of the world's most pressing questions: How fast are the ice sheets melting and why? Since the center was formed at KU two years ago, it has sent researchers to Antarctica and Greenland and collaborated with schools and organizations across the globe. The technology that is being developed at KU has uses that extend to other planets. Chat with David Braaten, the deputy director of the Center on Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, at 1 p.m. Tuesday.