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Law Review Symposium to explore the evolving laws of parenting
LAWRENCE – On Nov. 15, the 2022 Kansas Law Review Symposium will host a panel of scholars from across the country to examine legal reforms that could improve outcomes for the children of America’s modern families. “Parents and the ‘Modern’ Family: What Do the Evolving Laws of Parenting Mean for Children and the Rest of Us?” will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Kansas School of Law in Green Hall. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

University Dance Company announces performances for fall concert
LAWRENCE — The University Dance Company Fall Concert will explore love, community and self-discovery through professionally choreographed works in ballet, hip hop and contemporary dance at the University of Kansas later this month. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11-12 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre at Murphy Hall, with livestream options available for the Nov. 11 and Nov. 13 performances. Kansas students participating in the fall concerts are from Argonia, Hesston, Kingman, Lawrence, Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, Shawnee, Topeka and Wichita.

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Contact: Margaret Hair, School of Law, 785-864-9205, [email protected], @kulawschool
Law Review Symposium to explore the evolving laws of parenting
LAWRENCE – How do laws that protect, regulate, or otherwise imagine parenting affect the rights of children and childhood outcomes?
On Nov. 15, the 2022 Kansas Law Review Symposium will host a panel of scholars from across the country to respond to that question and propose legal reforms to improve outcomes for the children of America’s modern families.
“Parents and the ‘Modern’ Family: What Do the Evolving Laws of Parenting Mean for Children and the Rest of Us?” will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Kansas School of Law in Green Hall. Check-in and breakfast will open at 8:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Register and preview the complete symposium schedule on the KU Law website.
Speakers include:
1. Keynote Speaker: Catherine Smith, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver
2. Gillian Chadwick, Washburn University School of Law
3. Sacha Coupet, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
4. Melanie Daily, University of Kansas School of Law
5. Neoshia Roemer, University of Idaho College of Law
6. Charisa Kiyô Smith, CUNY School of Law
Speakers will discuss topics including the role of parents in preserving democracy, parenting and the Ninth Amendment, and “the noncitizen parent trap.”
Scholarship associated with the symposium will be published in a spring 2023 issue of the Kansas Law Review. For more information, contact Doug Bartel, symposium editor, at [email protected]

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Contact: Lisa Coble-Krings, Department of Theatre & Dance, 785-864-5685, [email protected], @KUTheatre, @KUDanceDept
University Dance Company announces performances for fall concert
LAWRENCE — The University Dance Company Fall Concert will explore love, community and self-discovery through professionally choreographed works in ballet, hip hop and contemporary dance at the University of Kansas later this month.
“The students and choreographers are thrilled to be working in person again and are excited to present our newest dances,” said James Moreno, associate professor of dance and UDC Fall Concert producer.
Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11-12 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre at Murphy Hall. Tickets can be reserved at dance.ku.edu, by calling 785-864-3982, or in person noon-5 p.m. weekdays at the box office in Murphy Hall. Additionally, the Nov. 11 and 13 performances will be livestreamed; online tickets required and are available at dance.ku.edu/streaming.
The concert’s finale is choreographed by Kristopher Estes-Brown, an award-winning creator who was in residency at KU earlier this fall. He’s debuting his modern/contemporary work “Shade of a Shadow,” which was inspired by a line in the Mary Elizabeth Coleridge poem “The Other Side of a Mirror” and set to cinematic music he composed specifically for this production.
Department of Theatre & Dance faculty choreographers are Ashley Brittingham, James Moreno and Maya Tillman-Rayton. Brittingham has provided original choreography for her student performers as they enact scenes from “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky. Moreno’s work, “Five Pieces about a Future,” features spoken word and choreography contributions by his cast and assistant director Mio Yoshizaki, doctoral student in women, gender & sexuality studies. Tillman-Rayton’s hip hop ensemble turns it up with moves that speak to love of community and community building. The Jayhawk Tap Co. debuts several quick and impressive pieces interspersed between those works.
Knox McClendon, a senior in theatre design, is serving as costume designer. Dave Wanner, a longtime staff member and the department’s scene shop manager, is the scenic designer. Ann Sitzman, technical coordinator and lecturer in the department, is the lighting designer.
Student performers (Kansas):
Student dancers performing in the UDC Fall Concert include McKenna Bizal, a sophomore in psychology and dance from Overland Park; Morgan Blanton, a sophomore in dance from Wichita; Hope Casner, a junior in exercise science and dance from Argonia; Johnny Dinh Phan, a senior in biochemistry and dance from Overland Park; Sydney Ebner, a junior in dance from Shawnee; Allay Freeman, a senior in philosophy from Overland Park; Sophia Harrison, a freshman in dance from Topeka; Anna Hastings, a senior in dance from Olathe; Lucie Lane, a sophomore in elementary education from Overland Park; Megan Londeen, a senior in strategic communications and East Asian studies from Kingman; Sadie Lucier, a senior in anthropology from Shawnee, Braedyn McBroom, a senior in atmospheric science from Wichita; Mahika Meesa, a freshman in political science from Overland Park; Audrey Merckling, a sophomore in film & media studies from Lenexa; Olly Mitchell, a sophomore in theatre from Wichita; Katherine Noll, a freshman in information systems from Overland Park; Hayley Robinson, a junior in dance from Overland Park; Madison Seelye, a freshman in dance and business from Lawrence; Anna Shelton, a sophomore in dance from Hesston; and Olivia Taylor, a senior in exercise science from Lenexa.
See a complete list of student performers online.
Choreographers and behind the scenes:
A composer, choreographer, director and teacher, Kristopher Estes-Brown is the founder and artistic director of Concept Zero, a contemporary music and dance company that serves as the ground floor for his multimedia productions, which blend original music, dance, video and stagecraft. He danced professionally for companies across the United States including Milwaukee Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Oakland Ballet and Eugene Ballet. From there, he developed his own choreography style that is the intersection of movement, music and storytelling. His stage works have been performed across the nation by numerous dance companies. The Kansas City-based choreographer won the Monticello Award from Regional Dance America in 2005, and his choreography can be found in the Sundance Short Film “Crude Oil.” As a composer, Estes-Brown has composed scores for new theatre and dance productions nationwide.
Ashley Brittingham, a professional ballerina, choreographer and educator, has performed throughout the United States and Europe in nearly every full-length classical ballet and many neoclassical and contemporary works by the world’s leading choreographers. She has trained with and been coached by the world’s premier experts in classical ballet instruction. At the University of Oklahoma, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet and toured with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet. Brittingham later joined Tulsa Ballet under the direction of Marcello Angelini. She has received numerous awards, including the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awardee in dance and musical theatre and was a semifinalist in the 2002 International Ballet Competition, one of the world’s largest ballet competitions. Her choreographic work has been performed by numerous dance and theatre companies. She is a full-time lecturer in the department and associate producer of the University Dance Company Fall Concert.
James Moreno is a choreographer and dance studies/performance studies scholar. His current research examines how we use everyday movement techniques to perform our cultural identities and how we position our identities within continuums of authenticity. His ethnographic fieldwork for this research is being conducted in Mexican American communities in Chicago. Interviews from this fieldwork will form the basis of the dance-theatre piece on Mexican American cultural identity scheduled for winter 2023/24. Moreno holds a doctorate in performance studies from Northwestern University and is the author of “Dances of José Limon and Erick Hawkins” (Routledge, 2020).
Maya Tillman-Rayton is in her sixth year as a lecturer of the Hip Hop Fundamentals class and first year as a full-time lecturer. She will be debuting a new work at the 2023 KC Fringe Festival titled “Stingy Lulu’s Jumping Juke Joint.” Her works have previously been shown at KC Fringe Festival and at National Dance Week KC. Her dance teaching career spans 15 years in Lawrence and Kansas City communities, earning several choreography and entertainment awards. She is also a two-time scholarship recipient from Monsters of Hip Hop dance conventions and a co-founding member of the House of Dragons. The KU alumna served as Unity Dance Crew president from 2001-2003 when she was a student.
Knox McClendon is a senior majoring in theatre design. They also designed costumes for the University Dance Company Spring 2022 Concert. In addition to honing their skills as a designer, McClendon works as a costume assistant in the department’s costume studio. They are the Glenn Bickle Award and Stephanie Ann Smith Memorial Scholarship recipient for the 2022-23 year.
Ann Sitzman is the technical coordinator and lecturer for the department. Her lighting design credits include “Head Over Heels,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Spring Awakening,” “Company” and “Picnic.” She was also lighting co-designer for the Kansas Repertory Theatre productions of “La Cage aux Folles” and “The Legend of Georgia McBride.” She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at KU and master’s degree in lighting design from SUNY Purchase College in New York. She spent a few years working off-Broadway on shows including Woody Harrelson’s “Bullet for Adolf” with Jen Schriever and “On the Head of a Pin” with Zach Pizza at 59E59. Since returning to Kansas in 2013, she has worked as assistant lighting designer for David Grill and Kirk Bookman at the Kansas City Ballet and lighting designer/production electrician for Harvest Productions.
Dave Wanner has been the University Theatre scene shop manager since 1996 after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Emporia State University. He was the lighting designer for the University Theatre productions of “The Ugly Duckling,” “Temptation” and “Pastiche” and scenic designer for “The Devils Between Us,” “Electra,” “Metamorphoses” “Pooter McGraw Is Not Dead Party,” “Tomato Plant Girl” and “Wonderful Time/The Brides.”
The University Dance Company’s Spring 2022 Concert is supported in part by KU Student Senate. The University Dance Company is a production wing of KU’s Department of Theatre & Dance. For more information about the University Dance Company, visit dance.ku.edu.

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