KU in Wichita

This year's presentation:

"Researching The Chaperone"

Laura Moriarty, Associate Professor of English, University of Kansas

THU APRIL 4, 7:00 P.M. Wichita Art Museum

Please RSVP by March 28 to www.tinyurl/KUinWichita if you would like to attend the pre-lecture reception which begins at 6:00 P.M.

Laura Moriarty's fourth novel, The Chaperone, begins in Wichita in 1922 and follows a young and not-yet-famous Louise Brooks and her just-hired guardian, Cora Carlisle, to New York City for a summer that will change them both. Moriarty will discuss how her research on Wichita's rich history shaped the story, which has recently been adapted for the screen by PBS's Masterpiece.

Laura Moriarty earned a degree in social work before returning for her M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She was the recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and is now a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kansas.


The Hall Center's public outreach efforts are designed to demonstrate that it is precisely the humanities that are relevant and instructive to the fundamental issues we deal with as individuals and communities. As part of our commitment to this ideal, the Center sponsors KU in Wichita, which brings the scholarship of faculty at KU's Lawrence campus outside the borders of Lawrence.

Faculty have spoken on a wide range of topics, including the efficacy of Margaret Thatcher's leadership, the reception of poet John Keats in America, Mark Twain and his disapproval of the  American invasion of the Philippines, and Abraham Lincoln's campaign trail.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Lattner Family Foundation, and is co-sponsored by the KU Alumni Association and its Wichita Chapter.

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