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KU events this week: Sporting KC CEO, Chinese restaurants in Israel and elsewhere, manhood and violence


Your events roundup for what will presumably be the first week uninterrupted by weather at KU since mid-February:

• Robb Heineman, CEO and co-owner of the Sporting Kansas City Major League Soccer club, will be at the Dole Institute of Politics on Tuesday for a talk called "Reinventing the Empire" about how he steered the team to success. Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy talked a bit about the event when it was announced in January. That's at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Dole Institute.

• Investigative journalist James B. Steele, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Magazine Awards, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Woodruff Auditorium at the Kansas Union.

• The KU Honors Program, also on Wednesday, will start a weekly-except-for-spring-break screening of a documentary series called "Chinese Restaurants." The series has five parts and an interesting concept: Filmmakers take a look at how Chinese identity and culture has spread throughout the world by visiting family-run Chinese restaurants all over the globe. Each installment visits restaurants in a different region.

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Nunemaker Center on Daisy Hill, the Honors Program will screen the first two episodes — one that focuses on restaurants in Israel, South Africa and Turkey and one that tours Mauritius, Trinidad and Cuba. Further installments will be shown at 7:30 p.m. March 13 and 27 at Nunemaker, and then 6 p.m. April 3 at the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium.

• On Thursday, another lecture will examine how cultures define manhood and how that relates to violence. Jackson Katz, an author and scholar who created a widely used sexual and domestic violence prevention program, will give a talk called "More Than a Few Good Men: A Conversation about Manhood, Violence and Doing the Right Thing," which by my count includes references to at least two movie titles. He's the author of a book called "The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help."

It's sponsored by KU's Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity. Speaking of that office and examinations of manhood: This weekend we profiled a student on the center's "Men of Merit" calendar who overcame some trouble early in his KU career, in case you missed it.

You hopefully know the drill by now: KU is a big place with a lot of things going on, so I may have missed something you think is of interest. If that's the case, add it in below in the comments. And send your KU news tips to merickson@ljworld.com.


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