Dr. Henrietta Rix Wood Featured on KCPL Website

The scholarship of Dr. Henrietta Rix Wood, an Associate Teaching Professor for the Honors College, is featured on The Pendergast Years: Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression, a new Kansas City Public Library website. Dr. Wood contributed an article about African American activist and journalist Lucile Bluford, who made history and newspaper headlines in 1939 when she tried to enroll in the racially segregated University of Missouri in Columbia. You can read the full article here.

Dr. Wood was invited to participate in The Pendergast Years by Dr. Diane Mutti Burke, an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the UMKC History Department and director of its Center for Midwestern Studies, which collaborated with the Kansas City Public Library on the website. 

Dr. Wood learned a lot about history and history writing through this project, and she plans to share this knowledge with honors students. “I have new empathy for my writing students and the challenge of communicating to different audiences,” she said. “I have written many academic papers and many articles for general audiences, but I never have adapted a long scholarly article into a short text for ordinary readers. The process was challenging, but I am really happy that lots of people can learn more about the remarkable actions of Lucile Bluford through the website.”

Part of the full-time faculty of the Honors College, Dr. Wood teaches writing, research, Anchor, and Discourse classes, and conducts archival research about the rhetorical activities of women in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.