From my letter of resignation from KU: “In light of the State of Kansas’ apparent determination to allow concealed carry of firearms in the classrooms of the University of Kansas, I am writing to tender my resignation as an Associate Professor of History and American Studies at the university since I have accepted a job in a state that bans concealed carry in classrooms. I proudly served as a KU professor for a decade, from 2007 until 2017, and have a great deal of affection and gratitude to the university, to Lawrence, and to the State of Kansas. Kansas is a great and beautiful state that is refreshingly different than the coasts. I have enjoyed getting to know Kansans from all parts of the state as my students, neighbors, and friends, and especially benefited from getting to know Kansans from rural communities where gun ownership and hard work are equally a way of life. But Kansas will never secure the future that it deserves if it weakens its institutions of higher learning by driving off faculty members or applicants who feel as I do that there is no place for firearms in classrooms. Does Kansas want to reinvent itself as a center of innovation and prosperity, and attract the minds that will create the jobs that the state needs to be prosperous for the twenty-first century, or does it want third-rate universities? Kansas can have great universities, or it can have concealed carry in classrooms, but it cannot have both.” To read the full letter, visit:

— Jacob Dorman, Ph.D., Lawrence