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  • University of Pennsylvania historian Stephanie McCurry contends the South sowed the seeds of its demise in creating a regime that excluded white women and slaves, which together comprised a majority of the population.
    Stephanie McCurry: Confederate Reckoning
    Thursday, January 26, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    University of Pennsylvania historian Stephanie McCurry offers a new interpretation of the Confederacy that contends the South sowed the seeds of its demise in creating a regime that excluded white women and slaves, which together comprised a majority of the population.

    Confederate Reckoning was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for History. McCurry’s talk is the keynote address for the Richard D. McKinzie Research Symposium.

    Co-sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of History.

  • Military historian Richard B. Frank examines the new international scholarship on the first five years of China’s “War of Resistance” against Japan, from 1937-42.
    Richard B. Frank: China’s “War of Resistance” 1937-42
    Tuesday, January 24, 2012
    Central Library

    Richard B. Frank examines the new international scholarship on the first five years of China’s “War of Resistance” against Japan from 1937-42.

  • The retired Special Agent tells the real stories behind the headlines of some of the highest profile FBI cases investigated in Kansas City.
    Jeff Lanza - Federal Cases: Inside the Kansas City FBI
    Thursday, January 12, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    A newborn baby is kidnapped from a Kansas City hospital. A New Year’s Eve bank robber takes hostages in a stand-off. A pharmacist dilutes the medication of 4,000 patients. Over the past 20 years, some of the highest profile FBI cases were investigated in Kansas City.

    Retired Special Agent Jeff Lanza, who served as the FBI’s Kansas City spokesman, tells the real stories behind the headlines and reveals how he learned to interact with local and national media. Lanza is author of the recently released Pistols to Press.

  • Former VP of CIGNA Wendell Potter explains how insurance companies make promises they have no intention of keeping, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and skew political debate with multibillion-dollar  PR campaigns.
    Wendell Potter: Deadly Spin
    Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    Central Library

    Wendell Potter, a former VP of CIGNA, argues that health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and skew political debate with multibillion-dollar PR campaigns to mislead the press and public.

  • Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviews former Missouri Governor Bob Holden, exploring his political career and his views on civic leadership. Holden’s official portrait will be on display during the program, and artist Carla Malone Steck will offer remarks.
    Unveiling a Governor: A Conversation with Former Missouri Governor Bob Holden
    Thursday, January 5, 2012
    Central Library

    Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation with former Missouri Governor Bob Holden, exploring his career as a Missouri statesman and discussing his perspective on civic leadership and the public good.

    Holden’s official portrait, which was officially unveiled at the Missouri State Capitol on December 9, 2011, will be on display during the program. Portrait artist Carla Malone Steck will also make remarks on her approach to painting the portraits of both the Governor and the former First Lady, Lori Hauser Holden.

  • The Social Media Club of Kansas City invites KCMO and KCK residents interested in the potential community-building benefits of Google Fiber to hear about a campaign to bring gigabit awareness to the metro area.
    Give us a Gig: Google Fiber Town Hall Meeting
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Google is making its ultra-high-speed fiber optic network available to Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas, residents in 2012. The Social Media Club of Kansas City invites people from both sides of the state line to come hear about a public-outreach campaign to spread awareness of Google Fiber and discuss ways of using the 1-gigabit Internet connection to enhance the quality of life for all citizens.

  • Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, explains what she learned about the conditions faced by ordinary people in Afghanistan, a country afflicted  by three decades of warfare.
    Kathy Kelly - Courage for Peace: Perspectives from Afghanistan
    Sunday, December 11, 2011
    Central Library

    Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, discusses her four trips to Afghanistan since 2010 and explains what she learned about the conditions faced by ordinary people in a country afflicted by three decades of warfare.

  • United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the role  of the courts in our democracy and advocates a pragmatic approach to the law that applies unchanging constitutional values to  ever-changing circumstances.
    Stephen Breyer - Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View
    Thursday, December 8, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the role of the Court in American government and explains why he believes the justices should interpret the Constitution in a way that works in practice as well as in theory.

    Breyer rejects approaches that look exclusively at the Constitution’s text or the 18th century views of the framers and instead advocates a pragmatic approach that applies unchanging constitutional values to ever-changing circumstances.

    Co-sponsored by the Truman Library Institute.

  • Barron H. Lerner – professor of medicine and public health at Columbia University – discusses his new book One for the Road and explains why, after decades of warning, people continue to drink and drive.
    Barron H. Lerner - One for the Road: Drunk Driving Since 1900
    Thursday, December 1, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Barron H. Lerner – professor of medicine and public health at Columbia University – discusses his new book One for the Road and explains why, after decades of warning, people continue to drink and drive.

    Lerner examines drunk driving in the context of American beliefs about alcoholism, driving, individualism, and civil liberties and narrates the debate between two factions: those vehemently against drunk driving and those who say the problem is exaggerated.

  • Shawn Faulkner of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College explains the motivation of Civil War soldiers to fight and endure the hardships of war.
    Shawn Faulkner: Jonny Reb and Billy Yank
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011
    Central Library

    Shawn Faulkner of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the conditions faced by the average Civil War soldier – on and off the battlefield – in a presentation titled Jonny Reb and Billy Yank.

    Faulkner explains the many factors that shaped the daily lives of the soldiers, including the quality and availability of food, clothing, shelter and medical care. Faulkner also answers the question: What motivated soldiers on both sides to fight and to endure the hardships of war?