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Kansas City combines a cosmopolitan lifestyle with a highly affordable cost of living. Nestled in the rolling hills of eastern Kansas and western Missouri, the Kansas City metropolitan area boasts more fountains than Rome and more boulevards than Paris. A rich history abounds, tracing back to the days of the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails, the Pony Express, and the exploits of Jesse James and the Dalton gang.

Kansas City, Kansas

Kansas City offers a variety of cultural and recreational activities throughout the year, including festivals, exhibits, performances, and classes at the Nelson Atkins Art Gallery, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Missouri Repertory Theater, Kansas City Symphony, and many others. Professional sports activities include the Kansas City Chiefs football and Royals baseball, as well as soccer and hockey. Other attractions include the Kansas City Zoo, the Starlight outdoor theater, concerts at the Sandstone Amphitheater, and the Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun amusement parks. Outdoor recreation can be found in the area's 12 lakes, 140 parks, and numerous bike and hiking trails. A futuristic science museum, Science City, is located in the historic Union Station building.

About 1.5 million people live in the metropolitan area. Housing in all price ranges is available close to the Medical Center and in suburbs. Major employers include KU Medical Center, federal and state governments, Hallmark cards, AT&T, Bendix, US Sprint, Allied Signal (Honeywell), and Ford. Local businesses offer shopping in downtown areas, the Farmer's Market, Country Club Plaza, Crown Center, the historic Westport area, and malls. Dining experiences range from international to barbecue. Kansas City International Airport provides access to the area.

For more information about the Kansas City metropolitan area, please see our page of local area information links, or see an overview of Kansas City (prepared by the Kansas City Area Development Council).

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Basetrack (multimedia event)

Basetrack draws on the power of soldiers’ stories to examine the experience of those who served in Afghanistan during America’s longest war. This multimedia theatrical production uses live music, journalism and technology to spark a conversation about war. 

Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center


Combat Veterans Courts: Leave no Veteran Behind (Seminar)

Examines the national and local responses to the plight of veterans within the criminal justice system. Lecturer: Melissa Fitzgerald, Senior Director Justice for Vets & widely-recognized actress on “West Wing”

Tuesday, Oct. 21 | 7:00 p.m. Woodruff Auditorium
Free to public - reception following program. For more information click here.

War Termination:  Vietnam, Iraq & Afghanistan (Seminar)

Join four leading historians as they compare and contrast conflict resolution in Vietnam War and the Post-9/11 wars of Iraq and Afghanistan.

LtGen Paul Van Riper, USMC (Ret), Dr. Ted Wilson, Dr. James Wilbanks, and Dr. Jack Kem

Wednesday, October 22 | 2014 Dole Institute of Politics
Free to public - reception following program. For more information click here

Foreign Area Officer (FAO) video

Foreign Area Officer Program (FAO)

The University of Kansas has been educating U.S. Foreign Area Officers for more than 50 years. The interdisciplinary MA program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at KU is one of the longest established in the nation, having trained more than 60 Foreign Area Officers since 1990. Learn more...

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