Archive for Thursday, March 4, 1999


March 4, 1999


Kansas University will host a free public seminar Tuesday on the future of Social Security in the United States.

The Dole Institute for Public Service and Public Policy and the Gerontology Center developed the seminar, "The Future of Social Security: Understanding the Options." It will run from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union.

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., ranked a 1983 deal to save Social Security among his significant legislative accomplishments.

"It's most appropriate for the institute to address this issue as it again comes to national prominence," said Burdett Loomis of the Dole Institute.

The schedule:

  • Toralf Lie of the Social Security Administration in Kansas City, Mo., will present an overview of Social Security at 2:30 p.m.
  • Max Skidmore of University of Missouri-Kansas City and Robert Corkins of the Kansas Public Policy Institute in Topeka will discuss pros and cons of privatizing Social Security at 3 p.m. in "Explaining the Options."
  • Skidmore, Corkins, KU gerontologist David Ekerdt, KU political scientist Elaine Sharp and KPPI representative Erin Rooney will address "Framing the Options" at 4 p.m.

Law professor to lecture

on her `theory of grace'

A law professor and author on race, gender and legal theory will lecture this month at Kansas University on metaphors and cultural images of race, KU announced this week.

Patricia Williams of Columbia University will speak at 8 p.m. March 15 on "Toward a Theory of Grace" in Woodruff Auditorium of the Kansas Union.

Williams is author of the acclaimed essays "The Alchemy of Race and Rights: Diary of a Law Professor," and "The Rooster's Egg: On the Persistence of Prejudice."

Her talk is sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities.

New scholarships

honor KU librarians

A family of Kansas University graduates donated $10,000 to establish a scholarship fund to help graduate students who plan careers as librarians.

The donors, who wish to remain anonymous, stipulated scholarships would benefit KU students accepted to a graduate program accredited by the American Library Assn. with the goal of a career at an academic or research library.

Preference will be given to students whose primary interest is in special collections librarianship and who demonstrate characteristics of intellectual excellence exemplified by the award's namesakes, Alexandra Mason and the late Joseph Rubinstein.

Mason, who will retire this year, and Rubinstein were KU librarians who built careers focusing on special collections.

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