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S SEMINAR GETS NEH BACKING

January 29, 1992

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A Kansas University professor of history and American studies will conduct an eight-week seminar this summer for college teachers on black communities in America.

David Katzman will conduct the seminar on "The Growth of Urban Black Communities in America" from June 8 to July 31 at KU. Katzman is a professor of history, courtesy professor of African-American studies and chairman of KU's American Studies department.

The seminar is one of two projects in Kansas funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to salute black history in 1992.

Each of the 12 college teachers expected to attend the seminar will receive a $4,000 grant to pay for travel and lodging expenses, Katzman said.

The seminar, which will be the second such seminar taught by Katzman in three years, is designed to give college teachers who are unable to obtain a doctorate in their departments the opportunity to conduct research at a major resource center such as KU, he said.

"MANY OF our colleagues at our smaller schools just don't have the time, with their busy teaching schedules, to conduct the type of research they would like," Katzman said.

"This gives them an opportunity to bring them up to date in their area," he said.

As part of the seminar, participants will meet twice a week for three-hour discussions, he said.

Katzman said today that more than 100 applications have been received for the program so far.

About 12 participants will be chosen from colleges around the country and possibly from colleges in other countries, he said.

Participants will be accepted from a variety of disciplines, he said.

In addition to urban black populations, the seminar will focus on black populations in America throughout history, he said.

The second NEH project in Kansas is the creation of the Buffalo Soldier Monument Park in Fort Leavenworth.

The monument, first planned in 1989, will be completed and dedicated on July 25, said Carlton G. Philpot, director of the project.

The monument consists of two lakes separated by an 8-foot waterfall on about two acres of land at Fort Leavenworth. Under the waterfall, a 14-foot statue of a horse and rider representing a "buffalo soldier" will be displayed, he said.

THE MONUMENT will be dedicated to the first units of black soldiers to be formed in peacetime.

The role of the soldiers in the discovery and the history of the American west has been underrepresented, Philpot said.

"While this project is about black soldiers, it is also a project about forgotten heroes," he said.

A $30,000 grant from the NEH and a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts helped pay for the monument's design and historical research, he said.

An additional $740,000 for the $850,000 project has been donated by private contributors, he said.

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