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  • Vietnam War veteran and Veterans for Peace Interim Director Mike Ferner discusses the Windows & Mirrors Exhibit and offers his thoughts on the Afghan War and its effect on civilians.
    Mike Ferner - Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan
    Sunday, November 13, 2011
    Central Library

    Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan features panels created by international artists and American students to help viewers imagine the experience of Afghan civilians – from death and destruction to hope for peace.

    Mike Ferner, interim director of Veterans for Peace and a Vietnam War veteran, discusses the exhibit on Sunday, November 13, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. A 1 p.m. reception precedes the event.

  • The Kansas City Star’s Darryl Levings discusses his new historical novel, following Price’s Raid in 1864 from the day forces crossed the border from Arkansas to the battles of Westport and Mine Creek.
    Darryl Levings - Saddle the Pale Horse: A Novel of the Invasion of Missouri
    Sunday, November 13, 2011
    Central Library

    Local author and journalist Darryl Levings discusses his new book, a work of historical fiction that follows Price’s Raid in 1864 from the day forces crossed the border from Arkansas
    to clashes at Westport and Mine Creek.

    This was Missouri in 1864: Teenaged bushwhackers rode and killed with Jesse James, William Clarke Quantrill, and Bloody Bill Anderson; a uniform was no guarantee of a soldier’s allegiance; and officers and men often looked the other way when anyone mentioned the law. Co-sponsored by Star Books.

  • Preeminent American Civil War scholar Michael Fellman examines the robbery, arson, torture, murder, and raids that characterized this  most uncivil of wars in the Missouri-Kansas borderlands during the 1850s-60s.
    Michael Fellman - "I Came Not to Bring Peace, but a Sword"
    Thursday, November 10, 2011
    Central Library

    Michael Fellman, a preeminent scholar of the American Civil War and an expert on the guerilla warfare that characterized the conflict in the Missouri-Kansas borderlands, considers how perfectly ordinary Americans could revise their moral and religious beliefs to justify such extraordinary violence with relative ease. Selectively picking texts from Holy Scripture, they assembled a war God perfectly suited to their actions out of Christian belief.

  • Park University English professor Dennis R. Okerstrom tells the story of the men who flew Bottoms Up on her final mission, and of an American pilot turned prisoner of war after he was gunned down over Croatia.
    Dennis Okerstrom: The Final Mission of Bottoms Up
    Sunday, November 6, 2011
    Central Library

    The Final Mission of Bottoms Up tells the story of Lee Lamar, an American pilot turned prisoner of war after his B-24J Liberator was gunned down in 1944 over Croatia during World War II.

    A professor of English at Park University, Dennis Okerstrom writes about the crash of Bottoms Up and explains how Lamar, a Missouri farm boy turned pilot, spent the coldest winter in a century in a stalag on the Baltic Sea – and then returned to the crash site more than 60 years later, seeking closure.

  • Biographer David O. Stewart discusses his new portrait of  Aaron Burr – America’s third vice president and one of the most daring, and possibly deluded, figures in our nation’s history.
    David Stewart - American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America
    Thursday, November 3, 2011
    Central Library

    Historian and constitutional lawyer David Stewart discusses his new biography of Aaron Burr – America’s third vice president and one of the most daring, and possibly deluded, figures in our nation’s history.

  • As a precursor to Global Entrepreneurship Week, Kauffman Foundation CEO Carl Schramm discusses entrepreneurial innovation, job creation, and economic growth.
    A Conversation with Carl Schramm
    Wednesday, November 2, 2011
    Central Library

    As a precursor to Global Entrepreneurship Week, Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation with Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

    The discussion is part of Kansas City – Cradle of Entrepreneurs, an ongoing series of discussions with some of Kansas City’s most iconic and innovative business founders.

  • Harry J. Getzov, author of gOld, presents stories on the beauty of aging through the eyes of extraordinary senior citizens in a public conversation with KCUR personality Laura Ziegler.
    Harry J. Getzov: gOld
    Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    What if growing old meant writing the novel you’ve always wanted to write, or painting, or singing, or teaching, or traveling to a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting?

  • Reporter Brian Burnes and Katz family descendant Steve Katz discuss the history of Katz Drug Stores at a launch event for their new book The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American Story of Isaac and Michael Katz.
    Brian Burnes & Steve Katz: Remembering Katz Drug Stores
    Sunday, October 30, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Reporter and author Brian Burnes and Katz family descendant Steve Katz launch The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American Story of Isaac and Michael Katz, a new title from Kansas City Star Books.

  • Historian Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College discusses the first year of the Civil War with an emphasis on battles and events that took place in Missouri.
    Terry Beckenbaugh: The First Year of the Civil War in Missouri
    Thursday, October 27, 2011
    Central Library

    Historian Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses The First Year of the Civil War in Missouri.

  • Author Tracy Daugherty marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Catch-22 with a presentation based on his new book, Just One Catch, the first major biography of Joseph Heller.
    Tracy Daugherty - Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller
    Wednesday, October 26, 2011
    Central Library

    Joseph Heller was a Coney Island kid, the son of Russian immigrants, and a military veteran whose experiences flying missions over France during World War II would become the inspiration for an American classic, Catch-22. When he passed away in 1999, Heller left behind a body of work, including the novels Something Happened and Good as Gold, that remain in print.