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Scholarly performance on American race relations to be presented at annual forum

Washburn University student Mikki Burcher, of Kinsley, will present a scholarly performance, "My Rights, Your Rights, Our Rights: A Journey to Understanding Race Relations" at The Washburn Apeiron:  A Forum of Student Research, Scholarship and Creativity on Friday, April 18.

Burcher is pursuing a master of liberal studies degree.

In the research abstract, she noted: "This creative nonfiction piece will follow the journey of a young Midwestern woman and a small group of travelers that go on an educational journey across the Deep South in an effort to better understand the Civil Rights Movement and race relations of the past and present. Presented are the author's inner thoughts and feelings as she tours places of historical significance and witnesses first hand some of the effects of slavery on African Americans in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. It also describes the conversations that occur with her peers and the group leaders as they tour the South, as well as insights and personal revelations gleaned from the tour."

The Apeiron allows students from all disciplines to present their work in an environment that closely resembles the professional conferences and performance venues of their chosen area of study.  Seventy-one students are participating in the forum and entries include poster presentations, oral presentations, exhibitions and performances. To learn more, please visit   


Dena Anson, university relations, 785.670.1711