Topeka, Kan. – The Center for Kansas Studies will host its annual Kansas Day lecture virtually on January 28 at 2 p.m. The event will be hosted via Zoom. To register, please visit

     In recognition of Kansas Day 2022, the Washburn University Center for Kansas Studies welcomes Dr. Sarah Deer. Deer is a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas and serves as Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals of the Prairie Island Indian Community. She will present "A Trail of Tears in Kansas? An Indigenous Perspective of Kansas History."

     Most people associate the “trail of tears” with the removal of Southeastern tribal nations to Indian Territory in the 1830s. In truth, however, most tribal nations experienced upheaval and displacement across the continent. This presentation will consider the 19th century forced removal of tribal nations to and from the land now known as Kansas.

     The annual Kansas Day Presentation is hosted and funded by the Center for Kansas Studies and is co-sponsored by the Washburn University School of Law, the Washburn University College of Arts and Sciences and The Washburn University Office of Diversity and Inclusion. This is also a WUmester event. WUmester is an annual event intended to foster a university-wide conversation on a diversity-related topic that will change each spring semester. The topic for WUmester 2022 is truth.


For further information, contact:
Joy Bailes
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Telephone: (785) 670-2153
Cell: (785) 230-1648

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