Jan. 21, 2004

Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

KU chancellor to give invited lecture at German university during European trip

LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway will give an invited lecture and meet with numerous prominent KU alumni and friends of the university in Europe during a privately funded trip Jan. 22 through 30.

Hemenway's itinerary includes giving the annual W.E.B Du Bois Lecture at Humboldt University in Berlin on Jan 27. The chancellor, who will meet with the leadership of Humboldt, will speak about Zora Neale Hurston, an American novelist and folklorist who was regarded as the foremother of the study of African-American culture. Hemenway wrote the 1977 book "Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography," which was a "Best Books" pick by the New York Times in 1978 and a Quality Paperback Book Club selection in 1991.

The chancellor also will host receptions in Berlin and in London and attend several private individual meetings.

The nine-day trip is sponsored by the chancellor's office, the Kansas Alumni Association, the KU Endowment Association and KU International Programs.

More than 1,000 graduates, associates and friends of KU have been invited to alumni receptions in London and Berlin.

Accompanying Hemenway for all or parts of the trip will be Jeff Weinberg, assistant to the chancellor; Kirk Cerny, senior vice president for membership services at the Kansas Alumni Association; Dale Seuferling, president of the KU Endowment Association; and Hodgie Bricke, assisant dean of the KU graduate school and international programs.

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